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    10-24-2012, 01:00 AM
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Foal
My saddle won't stay clean! Help!

So a friend of mine gave me one of his old Barnsby english saddles- it hadn't be used in a really long time and I think it sat in a garage for a while.. So anyway it took me a few months to finally get it decently soft again but it literally gets super dirty again after just a 20 minute ride in the outdoor ring! I will have it perfectly clean and then it's flithy again. Its really frustrating! The ring isn't dusty AT ALL so it just doesn't make sense. I've tried Lexol, Horseman's One Step, Kiwi Saddle Soap, and Tanner's Choice Leather Cleaner. It's mostly just the seat but I just can't get it to stay clean! What do you guys think?
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    10-24-2012, 01:16 AM
  #2
Trained
If you ride in it, it's not going to stay clean. It's just the way it is.
I give my saddle a wipe over with a soft damp cloth and a bit of saddle soap after every ride, then keep it covered.
You don't want to be leaving you saddle weeks between cleans or it will start to ruin the leather.
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    10-24-2012, 08:36 AM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by Kayty    
If you ride in it, it's not going to stay clean. It's just the way it is.
I give my saddle a wipe over with a soft damp cloth and a bit of saddle soap after every ride, then keep it covered.
You don't want to be leaving you saddle weeks between cleans or it will start to ruin the leather.
I clean my saddle regularly especially after I ride and it's covered when not in use. It's just nobody else's saddle gets so dusty like mine. Some never even clean theirs and they always looks perfect. They have pretty old saddles like metoo. So I guess what I'm really looking for is a really good leather cleaner then.. I really just don't want to go to a show and have my saddle looks all dusty and gross before I even ride.
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    10-24-2012, 09:03 AM
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Showing
Have you tried giving it a good soaking in pure neatsfoot oil? Since it's an older saddle, it might need a deep oiling.
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    10-24-2012, 11:03 AM
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Weanling
Is all of the cleaning and product you are using leaving a sticky residue that the dust is getting stuck too? If you condition a saddle too much(with lexol or onestep or similar products), it can get a gunky,sticky buildup that wont absorb into the leather. That can also happen if the excess conditioner/ soap isn't being wiped off all the way after cleaning. That could cause dust to stick to it and make your saddle dirty faster.

Maybe try a deep clean with a glycerin soap and water (Belvoir is good) and make sure you buff it with a soft dry cloth after to remove any excess. Try not adding oil or a conditioner and see if that helps.

Best of luck!
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    10-24-2012, 05:35 PM
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Originally Posted by SaddleOnline    
Is all of the cleaning and product you are using leaving a sticky residue that the dust is getting stuck too? If you condition a saddle too much(with lexol or onestep or similar products), it can get a gunky,sticky buildup that wont absorb into the leather. That can also happen if the excess conditioner/ soap isn't being wiped off all the way after cleaning. That could cause dust to stick to it and make your saddle dirty faster.

Maybe try a deep clean with a glycerin soap and water (Belvoir is good) and make sure you buff it with a soft dry cloth after to remove any excess. Try not adding oil or a conditioner and see if that helps.

Best of luck!
This was actually very helpful, I'll try brushing the seat with a stiff brush to get the gunk off and only use a really tiny bit of oil or cream and buff it. I'll see if I can pick up some Belvior too.
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    10-24-2012, 07:09 PM
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Trained
Careful with a stiff brush!!!! You don't want to go scratching the leather.
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    10-24-2012, 07:54 PM
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Originally Posted by beccalovesherhorse    
So a friend of mine gave me one of his old Barnsby english saddles- it hadn't be used in a really long time and I think it sat in a garage for a while.. So anyway it took me a few months to finally get it decently soft again but it literally gets super dirty again after just a 20 minute ride in the outdoor ring! I will have it perfectly clean and then it's flithy again. Its really frustrating! The ring isn't dusty AT ALL so it just doesn't make sense. I've tried Lexol, Horseman's One Step, Kiwi Saddle Soap, and Tanner's Choice Leather Cleaner. It's mostly just the seat but I just can't get it to stay clean! What do you guys think?
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Sounds like my house!
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    10-25-2012, 11:06 AM
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Weanling
I would stay clear of using a brush on the leather as it may scratch it! I would use glycerin soap and water to remove the gunky buildup.

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    10-25-2012, 11:34 AM
  #10
Trained
I would wash it well with Murphys Oil Soap, and that will remove a lot of the gunk and stuff, rinse off and then saddle soap well, then finish with a touch of Passier Lederbalsm, rubbed well in, and then buffed.

Good news though, if your saddle is grabbing and holding onto dirt, it is probably grabbing and holding onto you
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