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    08-10-2012, 07:02 PM
I wash my saddle at least once a week, its about 20-30 years old and I want to keep it soft and supple, and my bridle every other day to make it softer and more flexible. For the bits, I have a old toothbrush and I dip it in hot water, rub it lightly on saddle soap, and then scrub all the gunk off the bit, then I rinse the soap off with hot water. If the bit is all metal, you can put it in the dishwasher. I do that about once a month to sanitize the bit.
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    08-10-2012, 08:11 PM
I wash/wipe my bits after every use, leather girths cleaned after every use (cleanning spray makes this easy), neoprene girths rinsed after every use, saddles thorougly cleaned about twice a year or more if needed - will clean the panels if the horse sweated a lot during the ride, and bridles I wipe the sweat off after I ride if needed and take completely apart and clean about 2-3 times a year.
    08-10-2012, 08:19 PM
What is the best way you guys have to just give your saddle a quick clean / oil / condition? Depending on what you do? I love to hear people's opinions when it comes to that!
    08-10-2012, 11:38 PM
Green Broke
My own gear gets cleaned (with saddle soap and oiled) every use. The guy I work for only has me clean tack, pads and wraps weekly.
    08-11-2012, 01:18 AM
Weekly. For the tack tack (bits, saddles, bridles, girths, boots, etc). Except for Candys dressage saddle, which gets cleaned monthly as it only gets used about 5 times a month. But the dressage girth gets clean after every use because its so easy (neoprene). And I use saddle soap conditioner stuff, never oil. Each horse has its own tack so that works well.. Well at least the leather stuff. Caseys synthetic bridle and saddle get cleaned yearly and after 2 years of use look brand new. Lol!
    08-11-2012, 03:10 PM
I wipe my saddle and bridles down after most every ride. It doesn't take long. I have a bucket of water a sponge and some murphys oil soap. 5 mins and Im done. Then about every other month I give my stuff a really good cleaning. Tear the bridles down and the saddle and oil it really well. I actually had a guy tell me that my 15 yr old saddle looked better than his 5 year saddle that he had at his house. He was impressed how well my stuff was taken care of. He was also a circle Y sales man. I ended up buying a Circle Y wade tree about 3 years ago and it still looks brand new except for the normal wear you would expect. I figure if I spend that kind of money I want it to last. Maybe my daughter(shes only 1) or her kid(someday but I don't want to talk about that) will be riding in my saddle. I want my saddle to be a working heirloom. My dad used to always preach(constantly)" take care of your gear and your gear will take care of you."
    08-11-2012, 03:45 PM
Originally Posted by trailhorserider    

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

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