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    08-09-2012, 12:13 AM
How often do you clean your tack?

I was just wondering how often everyone cleans various pieces of tack?

We are relatively new to the horse world. We own both English and Western tack. My daughter rides English 80% of the time, but she does play days, trail rides and shows Western on occasion.

So, how often should we be cleaning her saddles? Bridles? Bits? Grooming tools? Washing blankets and pads?

Right now, we clean before every show (can be once a month or once a quarter) but I worry that it's not often enough.

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    08-09-2012, 08:33 AM
I wash the bits after each use, pads when they get sweaty/dirty, blankets once/year (after the winter). As for leather tack if I ride 4-5 times/week (2 horses) I try to clean/condition everything about once/month. If I ride less, then it can be once/2 months or so.
    08-09-2012, 08:55 AM
Probably not often enough lol! Bits get washed after every ride. Saddle brushed off with a finishing/face brush once a week, clean & oil every few months. (The saddle I ride daily is about 30 years old and even with thousands of miles on it still looks really good) The only thing I'm very particular about is reins. They have to be cooked spaghetti supple, I want to operate on the lightest feel I can for my horse and that's tough to do with stiff reins. Pads when they get dirty, some I put in my own washer (mainly my english pads) heavier western ones go to the laundromat and washed in the industrial machine (the laundry ladies give me dirty looks every time ha!)
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    08-09-2012, 09:07 AM
How do you wash the bits? Do you have bit wipes and just wipe them down after the ride, do you wash it in a sink/bucket?

We just have one horse and she is the only one who uses her bits.

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    08-09-2012, 09:27 AM
I have a wash rack in the barn, I just hit them real quick with the hose, at least the ones on my barn/working headstalls. On a show headstall, I use a rag, currently that's a sham wow (that wasn't so wow) that's been cut into several rags.
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    08-09-2012, 11:55 PM
I wash bits after each use, and try to do bridles once a week and saddles once or twice a month. Grooming tools get washed when they are only putting dirt back on a horse :) Saddle pads (english) are washed when they are dirty (one pad used about 4-5 times)
    08-10-2012, 11:37 AM
Originally Posted by HorseMom1025    
How do you wash the bits? Do you have bit wipes and just wipe them down after the ride, do you wash it in a sink/bucket?
I keep my horses at home, so I just take bridle in and wash the bit in kitchen and then wipe dry.

BTW, I also wipe girth and splint boots after each use. Because they get sweaty.
    08-10-2012, 06:00 PM
I clean my saddle bridle brest collar & bit after every use. Unless its a 10-20 min ride. I wash my Saddle pad when it gets dirty.
    08-10-2012, 07:00 PM
Wow, you guys are faithful tack cleaners!

I take better care of my tack than anyone I know and I am not nearly that religious about it. The things I wash the most are cinches and saddle blankets. I wash them whenever they get overly sweaty/crusty. That means once every week or so in the summer. Saddles get done maybe 4 times a year, headstalls, reins and breastcollars only when I think they need conditioning. So maybe 4 times a year if they are lucky.

I actually never wash bits unless it is a used bit that I bought and I don't want to pass along germs.

I have friends that never seem to wash/condition anything, except maybe once a year when things are obviously crusty or dry.

Maybe it helps (or hinders?) that I am sort of a tack hoarder, so when I rotate though a lot of headstalls, bits, and saddle blankets not any one piece of equipment is getting used every single ride. So they stay cleaner longer perhaps?

PS. If I cleaned everything after every ride I would have little time for anything else. The clean up would take as much time as the riding I would think.
    08-10-2012, 07:37 PM
I clean the seat of my saddle every time I ride with the seat of my breeches.
Seriously, I am notoriously bad about not cleaning tack. Now I feel guilty.........

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