Originally Posted by TrojanCowgirl
See, I just learned something new here today. Someone told me when I first started horses to ONLY wash my tack once or twice a year otherwise I will ruin the leather. And if I'm such a 'neat freak' then I can use a damp cloth to wipe off excess dust every once in a while. I never really looked too much into it as I assumed that they knew everything being in the business for years. I now understand that this was a false statement and I feel a little embarrassed and feel bad to say I've only cleaned my tack 2 or 4 times this year, lol... I'ma go clean my tack.
I had also heard that regularly soaping down your leather tack isn't the best thing for it. I try to wipe everything down after a ride, but I only deep clean and oil everything once every few months. Heck, the tack we used on the equestrian team only got cleaned and oiled twice a year (with no wipe downs in between), some of it was well over 20 years old and still going strong.