Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum
If I bought a saddle that was in rough shape or was really stiff from disuse, then yes, I'd have my local tack shop clean it. They charge about $40. They do an amazing job and are fairly fast.
Otherwise, for just normal maintenance, I clean all my tack myself. Helps me know my tack better, so that way I know if something is wrong.
I use Skidmore's leather conditioner and LOVE it.
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Good point - if it's just regular tack cleaning as part of a normal maintenance program...then I'd do it myself.
If it's something that is needing a deep clean, then I might consider the local tack shop. Especially if there's a lot of tooling and/or silver.