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    05-25-2013, 05:48 PM
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Weanling
Tack Cleaning?

There are so many tack cleaners out there, soaps, sprays and oils, that it's hard to decide which to use and which is best. Personally I like all three types. So I've settled on a plan to give my saddles and bridles the longest life possible. Every day I go over them with my Leather New spray. Once a month I use saddle soap thoroughly on them and polish bits with toothpaste (which works really well!) and I use Mink Oil or Passier on them before special events (shows, clinics, anything that requires being off my property). Those events come often enough. Does this sound like a good plan? What do you use, and how often do you use it on your tack?
     
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    05-25-2013, 06:55 PM
  #2
Trained
I use saddle soap once a month and Skidmore's leather conditioner once a week or once every other week. I like Skidmore's because it cleans, softens and protects, all in one easy step. Plus I love the smell of it and it won't darken leather.
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    05-25-2013, 10:31 PM
  #3
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
Plus I love the smell of it and it won't darken leather.
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Ha ha, my Dad HATES the smell of Skidmore's! He always asks me what kind of chemicals I am using and that the smell irritates his throat. I personally don't mind the smell at all.

Great, great stuff. I just wish it was cheaper.

I normally end up using either liquid glycerin saddle soap or paste saddle soap for cleaning and neatsfoot oil for conditioning.

I have a small bottle of Lexol and for the life of me I don't think it does anything to conditon my leather. Every time I use it I end up going over it again later with neatsfoot.

I used to use leather therapy and I love the stuff, but again, pricey.

I don't clean/condition things as much as you guys do. I do my saddles maybe 3-4 times a year and bridles and other leather when they either need cleaning or feel like they might be getting a little dry. So sort of on an as-needed basis. Maybe a few times a year. But I do love my tack and never neglect it. If the sweat gets gross or the leather isn't quite as supple as I think it should be, I always tend to it.
     
    05-26-2013, 02:46 PM
  #4
Yearling
I love Leather New. I've used that stuff since I got my very 1st used old saddle back in 1986-87, something like that. I use it for cleaning and freshening up and for intense oiling or bringing something neglected back to life, you can't beat Neatsfoot oil. OK, so maybe you can, but for the financially challenged types like me, Neatsfoot will do it. ;)
     
    05-26-2013, 10:01 PM
  #5
Showing
Oil maybe once yearly. Saddles require moisture more than oil because of the way they are tanned. If a saddle is soaped every 6 mos. That's usually adequate. It's a good idea to clean areas that touch the horse more often because of the sweat and dirt.
     
    05-26-2013, 11:41 PM
  #6
Weanling
Thanks

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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Oil maybe once yearly. Saddles require moisture more than oil because of the way they are tanned. If a saddle is soaped every 6 mos. That's usually adequate. It's a good idea to clean areas that touch the horse more often because of the sweat and dirt.
Thanks for the advice. I thought about oiling my saddles yearly but then I figured it might have been too little. Thanks though, I'll try our suggestion
     

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