I just got my first set of tack to go with my first horse, and I'm not sure how I should be taking care of it. The bridle is not new, but everything else is. I looked online for advice, and what I read is that I should clean it every time I ride. That seems a bit much, if cleaning means a whole thing with leather soap and conditioner &tc.
So how to do other people take care of their tack? This is an ANKY Salinero dressage saddle, with buffalo print leather, but no fancy stitching or detailing like the Western saddles have. Right now, I have it on a post that sticks out of the wall, and I put the cover on it, and drape the back riser and the saddle pad and the girth over, with the sweaty-bits upwards so they can dry out. This was a pretty expensive saddle and I like it a lot, so I want to take care of it properly!
Also, I read somewhere that Murphy's oil soap works as good to clean leather tack as the special-purpose stuff that comes from the tack store. Anyone know about that?
Also, my horse has made his rain coat very grubby! Do I need to clean that?