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    03-12-2009, 06:49 PM
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Foal
New saddle

I recently got my first horse, so... that means I also got my first new saddle. I have no idea about the 'upkeep' of a saddle, so I would like to know about how to + how often I need to oil and/or clean it and what products you like to use. Thanks for any help!
     
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    03-12-2009, 10:21 PM
  #2
Started
I like to clean with a LeatherNew spray on a cloth when I can start to see dust on my saddle - every couple of weeks or so. I get a SOFT toothbrush to clean into the tooling (mine's western), and I wipe it down really good. Then I'll use a leather conditioner to keep the leather soft and supple (I like to use the Armorall Gel - it's actually for car leather, but it works great!) I keep it on a saddle stand covered with a towel to keep as much dust off as possible. I oil about twice a year - but beware neatsfoot! It's great for your saddle but is infamous for darkening leather, so don't use it unless you want to darken your saddle. Talk to someone at your local tack shop - they can can help you find something that works! :]

Hope this helped!
     
    03-12-2009, 11:36 PM
  #3
Green Broke
What type of saddle is it? Brand? Age?

Generally, I like to clean with a glycerin saddle soap bar, or Lexol's spray cleaner. You want to clean it with soap every 5-10 rides. You should wipe it down with a damp cloth, to remove dust and dirt, after every ride.

For conditioning, I like Hydrophane conditioner. It's an oil based conditioner that preserves the leather and waterproof's it. I only oil with a heavy oil like Neatsfoot if leather gets really dry or I'm trying to restore old dried out leather. Hydrophane does the trick nicely if you keep it up. I use conditioner no more than once a month when the tack is in heay use, usually every 2 months. If you're in a drier climate, you could use it more often, like every 2 weeks.

You do not want to condition your leather more often that that. Over-oiling can weaken the leather fibers. You don't want the leather to get dry, but you also don't want to put conditioner on leather that doesn't need it.

Tack wipes, for quick cleaning:
Hydrophane Glycerine Soap Wipes and Leather Care -EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM
Lexol Cleaner Quick Wipes: Legacy Tack
(a damp rag works just fine too though, lol).

Glycerin bar:
Fiebing's Glycerine Saddle Soap Bar: Legacy Tack
Fiebings Glycerine Bar from SmartPak Equine

Hydrophane dressing:
Hydrophane Leather Dressing: Legacy Tack

Other good conditioners:
Hydrophane Leather Conditioner: Legacy Tack
Belvoir Tack Conditioner Spray from SmartPak Equine
Passier Lederbalsam from SmartPak Equine
Hydrophane Leather Dressing 1liter and Leather Care -EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM
Pharmaka HC Beinenwachs Lthr Balsam 1000 and Leather Care -EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM
NF Oakwood Leather Conditioner and Leather Care *|*EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM
Belvoir Leather Balsam-500ml and Leather Care -EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM

Other good cleaners:
Hydrophane Liquid Glycerine Soap 17 oz and Leather Care -EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM
Pessoa Liquid Glycerine Soap 2 and Leather Care -EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM
NF Oakwood Liquid Saddle Soap and Leather Care -EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM
Hydro Sadd Leath Cleaner -17oz and Leather Care -EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM

Leather New can put a film on the leather, making it harder for conditioner or oil to penatrate. Leather New is fine for cleanings, but when you want to condition, use one of the regular soaps or cleaners, that won't leave a residue.
LEATHER NEW and Leather Care *|*EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM

Here's a nice all-in-one kit that has premium products that will do a good job of keeping your leather in good condition. Passier Lederbalsm is a great conditioner and a little goes a LONG way! I use it on my leather gloves too .
Tack Cleaning Kit from SmartPak Equine
     
    03-12-2009, 11:46 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Here's my line up:
Rick's Heritage Saddlery - Lexol Leather Cleaner, Leather Care
Rick's Heritage Saddlery - Glycerine Bar, Leather Care - sometimes a bar works better than the spray, plus it's only $2
Rick's Heritage Saddlery - Hydrophane Dressing, Leather Care

For really dry leather:
Rick's Heritage Saddlery - Passier Lederbalsam, Leather Care
     
    03-13-2009, 02:14 PM
  #5
Foal
Thanks for the advice!
Sorry, I should have mentioned: Its an english (Pessoa brand) saddle
     

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