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post #1 of 12 Old 04-07-2008, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning tack

How often do you clean leather saddle and/or bridle? I do it once in month or so (it's not getting dirty or anything). Is it too often? Too rare?

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post #2 of 12 Old 04-07-2008, 06:53 PM
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I clean mine after every ride, and oil at least once or twice a week. I may be over-doing it but I like my leather buttery soft.
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post #3 of 12 Old 04-07-2008, 11:00 PM
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they say you should clean it after every ride. I don't have the time or energy to do it more then once a month or so, unless it's show season then I try to do it before every show. -which sometimes is every week!
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post #4 of 12 Old 04-07-2008, 11:19 PM
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I clean mine about once a week. ;)
Sometimes I just can't be bothered with cleaning it after every ride.

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post #5 of 12 Old 04-08-2008, 06:43 AM
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Dont let your leather get to soft or it could rip.

I use synthetics, so I wash them every time, which is easy cos I just scrub it and towel it dry. I dont wash my saddle tho, just wipe it if it has sweat on it. And any girths or breastplates get rinsed and hung up to dry.

My show saddles and bridles get polished after they are used or otherwise every couple of months to keep it moist. And I use a black polish so that it keeps the leather ( I use all black tack) looking like new.
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post #6 of 12 Old 04-08-2008, 09:39 AM
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I clean mine once a month, just a very squeezed out sponge with Murphys wood soap/water. I condition maybe every 3 months with Skidmores.
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post #7 of 12 Old 04-09-2008, 10:19 AM
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I saddle soap my tack after about 2 or 3 wks. It is good
for the leather and conditions it.
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post #8 of 12 Old 04-20-2008, 08:42 PM
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Clean it after every use and then every other week condition it well.
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post #9 of 12 Old 04-20-2008, 09:35 PM
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I'm breaking the rythm... I will wash off (take a dry rag) to my saddle every few months, but I only use saddle soap, neatsfoot oil, and leather new when I'm doing a MAJOR cleanout of my tack room (like I did yesterday... lol)... I do that about twice a year...

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post #10 of 12 Old 04-20-2008, 11:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco
I clean mine once a month, just a very squeezed out sponge with Murphys wood soap/water. I condition maybe every 3 months with Skidmores.
Vida~ I just used Murphys to clean my "new to me" leather barrel saddle and it worked BEAUTIFULLY! Followed it up with some conditioner and it looks fab! Thanks for the tip!

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