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post #1 of 6 Old 02-28-2013, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Post rain tack care/ Tack clean up help

So, this saturday I -really really REALLY- wanna go for a ride... But it might rain. I've ridden a couple times in the rain before, but I worry about post tack rain care. Do I just oil them back up? We don't have any covers to use, either.

Also, for the tack swap, I'm gonna clean a lot of: saddles, bits, bridles. Some of the bits are super old, and some of bits have old white residue? I will have to take a look/take pictures when I can.

What do I use to clean bits with? I plan on getting my own leather care items. What is best for use? Just murpjy's oil? Some of this stuff is dirty from sitting in the tack shed which doesn't protect much from dust/dirt.

What can I do?
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-01-2013, 12:35 AM
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Seems to me I remember reading that the one important thing to do with tack that gets rain soaked is to apply the oil BEFORE it dries out thoroughly.
I think it helps to reduce cracking that might happen. Wish I remembered where I'd read that.

I have used Lexol on leather that is dry, such as got wet, got left to dry and when I find it , it's stiff.
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Just air your tack out well after it's been wet, not near a heat source though. After it's pretty much dry, condition it. As for bits, I don't use soap, I use an old toothbrush & toothpaste and rinse it with mouthwash and polish it with a flannel cloth. I clean my diamond ring the same way minus the mouthwash, keeps it sparkling.
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Getting caught in the rain can be good for the leather as it replenishes lost moisture.
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag View Post
Getting caught in the rain can be good for the leather as it replenishes lost moisture.
It's not good for it but it's not the end of the world.
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Okay, so... completely scratch that! All of the saddles had a mildew infestation!

Well, except for the aussie... go figure.
Because of all the wetness we have been having from rain, and snow, I guess it was too much on the tack shed because what was once just little spots of rain that didn't catch the saddles (we fixed it), turned into the entire flooring SOAKED. including my instructor's very nice dressage saddle from Hanover.

So, here is my plan of action: I have some leather conditioner, and will be borrowing some saddle soap. I am going to wipe off all the mildew, saddle soap everything, wipe it off, and then condition it and let it store. I probably can't store it in my room because I like it hot... but if I need to I will turn it down.

Does that sound like a plan?
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