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post #1 of 12 Old 12-08-2013, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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Clleaning the West. Saddle

How many of you western riders clean the backside of the fenders, hat wide piece of leather that touches and picks up dirt and sweat from the horse. This is often overlooked during the saddle cleaning process yet this is the area that needs it the most. Anyone in HF guilty of neglecting this area?
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post #2 of 12 Old 12-08-2013, 08:41 AM
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When I clean any saddle, all straps are removed, therefore I get every bit of leather there is.

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post #3 of 12 Old 12-08-2013, 11:31 AM
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I don't know if anyone is "guilty" of not cleaning that. Would not make sense to not clean and condition it.
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Seems like a silly place to forget.... That is the dirtiest part of the saddle...
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Our Circle Y saddle has never had the underside of the fender cleaned. I just looked at it, and there isn't a trace of dirt or hair on it. The leather is darkened, but smooth and completely clean...and about 5 years have passed since we bought it.

Looking at the underside of the fender on my recently purchased, used Clinton Anderson saddle, there IS a section of the fender about the size of my hand that looks cleanable...but it is also smooth. It was a rough out fender than has become smooth from use, so perhaps that is the difference. I'll try cleaning it to see what, if anything, comes out. It COULD use some neatsfoot oil. But most of the underside of the fender is clean & looks fine...

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post #6 of 12 Old 12-08-2013, 02:24 PM
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isn't sweat a pretty good leather conditioner?
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^I would think that sweat would potentially dry it out, because it is salty? I have no idea! Would love to hear what people think~

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I only clean/condition my saddle when it feels like it needs it...and I do the entire saddle, not just parts.

That being said, that part of my saddle doesn't seem to suffer any more than the rest of it, in spite of getting very sweaty/muddy/frothy on a regular basis.

I don't think the sweat is good for it, but the oils that are mixed in with the sweat kind of negate the ill-effects.

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Just cleaned the underside of my fenders on the CA saddle. The place that was REALLY dirty was at the fold where the stirrup hangs. The spot I mentioned as being dirty took about 15 seconds to clean off. I couldn't get any dirt off of the underside of the fenders on our Circle Y Mojave...darkened, but clean.

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If fenders are two pieces of leather, smooth on both top and underside, then the dirt and sweat won't collect anywhere near like on the roughout. I've been cleaning saddles professionally for over 30years and not one had recently had the back of the fenders done. I'd like to think people are becoming more aware.
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