Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
I'll strip my Western saddle down once a year to get into anyplace that I can get to. That means up and under the skirt and jockey, taking the leathers and fenders down from their place, stirrups off, etc.. I'll use a paint brush and a spray bottle to get at the parts that are difficult to reach. I'll also take that time to check the screws and tighten up anything that seems loose.
In between, I use saddle soap to keep it from getting stiff from horse sweat (and mine too). I do the same but more often with my bridles and reins. Since I like spending time in the barn I probably do it more often then most people but I also ride every day. Some of my using tack is over 15 years old but is in perfect and supple condition.
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