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post #1 of 5 Old 06-11-2011, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle cleaning help?

Okay, here's my story of today. I decided to finally take one of my family friends on a hack that I have been promising her and holding off on. She has ridden a bit, but I'm pretty sure it was only walk/trot, and it's always been on the same bomb-proof gelding. I threw her on a mare that I actually trust fairly well. She was being bit by flies today, so I guess the few tail swishes that came out of that didn't help the situation. Well, it turns out that the girl was INSANELY nervous being on my horse, and she was also really good at hiding it. We had been out on the trail for a good 10 minutes, trotting at a fairly nice pace, when all of a sudden she stopped and asked if we could turn back. I figured she was spooked at something so I said sure, thinking that we would get back and just ride around in the arena or the pasture for a bit. I don't even think we had turned around all the way before I see her release more then 1 bodily fluid onto my nice western saddle (that I use at shows, may I mention) After we got back and got her and the horse cleaned up, I scrubbed that saddle for HOURS. There is a slight stain, AND it smells HORRIBLY. Any suggestions to help? Either with the stain or the stench? Also, any suggestions to help with my friends nerves? I feel really bad about it.

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-17-2011, 12:55 AM
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I don't know if it will work on leather (being a saddle you use for show I am assuming that is what it is) but Nature's Miracle gets all sorts of nasty smells out of fabric. It has worked for me for everything from sick dog & cat messes to kid spills & accidents. You would have to check on the commpatability with leather though. Good luck!
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-17-2011, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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thank you!

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post #4 of 5 Old 06-17-2011, 09:35 PM
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It's likely a bit late, but it anything makes leather wet immediately wet the remainder of that piece of leather. This helps prevent water stains.
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-18-2011, 10:43 PM
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Hate to hijack, but I have a similar question.

Today while riding it was extremely hot out, and as a result I was pretty sweaty. Unfortunately, I happened to get sweaty between my legs causing an awkward circular stain on the seat of the saddle. When I noticed I was kind of flustered and in a rush so I just cleaned the saddle like normal and left it. Is there anything I can do next time I'm there? The saddle seat is light tanned leather and this was my first time riding in it as the owner of the saddle. Should I try and water stain the rest of the seat? What would you do?

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