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post #11 of 16 Old 11-05-2013, 08:47 AM
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We also also use Murpheys oil to clean tack.

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post #12 of 16 Old 11-05-2013, 09:07 AM
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In the summer, when tack molds easily here, I keep everything indoors between rides, which means carting it back and forth on a big rolling cart daily... sounds silly, but it really does extend the life of the gear.

Regardless of the time of year, I clean bits after every ride with a cinnamon and clove oil blend; my tack once a week with Absorbine or Leather New all-in-one; and leased tack or client-used tack once a week or when it changes hands, whichever is more often (unless they have arranged for more frequent service, which some do).

I spent 10 years in the military, including 4 years at a service academy, and have shined a LOT of leather to inspection standard. In my experience, the product you use doesn't matter as much as the thoroughness with which you clean - this means taking bridles apart, getting in between braided reins, etc. I only go military-esque on my tack about once a month, but the way I figure, I paid a lot of money for it, and regular deep cleaning does extend the life of the product.

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post #13 of 16 Old 11-05-2013, 09:10 AM
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Oh, and one more thing I forgot! I am a huge advocate of synthetic saddles and bridles for school horses and some leased tack situations - you spray them down with soap and water, and there are now some really high quality saddles in that market. Worth checking out, if multiple folks or horses use sets of tack in your barn.

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post #14 of 16 Old 11-05-2013, 09:17 AM
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Glycerin soap and a little bit of neatsfoot oil. I have to clean nearly 300 pieces of tack once a month and usually takes me two or three days. Taking apart bridles, saddles, halters, etc. I own a used tack shop, nothing sells if it looks filthy as when I got it, the 300 pieces comes for what I get in that month and sometimes the old stock needs a cleaning too. My hands smell like soap and oil for a week.
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I clean all my stuff with murphys oil soap, except my rawhide stuff , and use Lexol as my conditioner. Ussually I condition my stuff in the spring and fall.
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post #16 of 16 Old 11-05-2013, 10:39 AM
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For those with western saddles, check the backside of the fenders. There's a triangular area that loads up with sweat and dirt. The best way to clean this is to use a soft nail brush, a bucket of water and a bar of hand soap with lanolin. Dunk the brush and wet the dirty area, keep wetting it and allow the water to run downward (best if outside). When the leather is more than damp, wet your hand and lather up starting at the top and working your way down. Allow it to rest a few minutes then begin again with the brush starting at the top with lots of rinsing. I usually wind up with thin mud. Be sure to saddle soap the top side of the fender so prevent water marks from forming.
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