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    08-08-2012, 04:56 PM
Cleaning English Saddle

I have a really expensive saddle and I am worried that I don't take good enough care of it. I really, really love it and want it to last.

I was wondering if anyone had any good reference sites or could run through what their ritual is with me? Thanks!
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    08-08-2012, 07:02 PM
I use liquid soap first to clean off the dirt (I never spray directly on saddle, I use a soft cloth or towel), then I put a conditioner (love Effex!) on.
    08-10-2012, 05:44 PM
Originally Posted by Sonnyx12    
I have a really expensive saddle and I am worried that I don't take good enough care of it. I really, really love it and want it to last.

I was wondering if anyone had any good reference sites or could run through what their ritual is with me? Thanks!
I'm a fan of Skidmore's Leather Cream and I get it from Goliger Leather:

Leather Care

I figure a leather shop should know what they're talking about when it comes to leather care.

I should probably do it more often, but I try to clean my saddle and bridle twice a year. Just take them apart, grab some soft cloths or old towels (I use old t-shirts), lay down and old sheet, and follow the directions on the jar.
    08-11-2012, 09:49 PM
I have been using lexol and passier. I use lexol about once a month then passier aout two times a year. Is that too often? Not often enough? Should I use oil? I guess those are my main issues :/. Everything on the web seems to say something different....
    08-11-2012, 10:02 PM
I use Horseman's One-Step cleaner and conditioner after almost every ride, and I oil it as needed. With some saddles that's once a month, with others it's twice a year. Really depends on the softness and condition of the leather.
    08-11-2012, 10:10 PM
If you take the above advice your saddle will never dry out and it might outlive you! It's the oiling of the leather that really destroys a leather saddle or bridle or girth. I like Horseman's one-step, but I have LOTS of saddles and bridles from when I taught, and can really only afford to use generic oil soap, saddle soap and Neatsfoot oil on my stuff.
    08-11-2012, 10:16 PM
Just to clarify, you mean it is perfectly fine to use cleaner and conditioner as often as you want? What about cleaner without conditioner?

I have never oiled a saddle :( How do I know when I should?
    08-11-2012, 10:26 PM
Are the flaps cracking? Is it stiff to move or inflexible? If it's smooth and supple, you shouldn't need to oil it often, but you will need to oil more often if it's cracking or stiff.
    08-11-2012, 10:41 PM
No definitely not cracking. I don't think it is stiff. The way my dust cover is made I have to bend the flaps pretty good to be able to put it on and I don't ever recall having a problem.

Thanks for your help :)
    08-12-2012, 05:07 PM
Frankly, I don't see the need in oiling unless it's an old or stiff leather. I never oiled any of my tack (except one bridle that was on a stiff side), just clean and condition, and tack looks like new.

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