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post #1 of 13 Old 08-22-2019, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle cleaning

Hi everyone! Today the person who lets me ride at her house gave me a free saddle! Iím so happy! It came with its girth,stirrups,everything! Itís a western saddle. My questions are:

Can I scrub it gently with a damp enviro cloth or will it rub off the saddles color?

Best saddle soap and conditioner?

What does the conditioner do? Is it what makes the leather soft and supple?

Iíve been reading on here and am thoroughly confused!

I started wiping it down with a damp enviro cloth but a lot of brown was coming off and I wasnít sure if it was the saddles color or just dirt??? So I stopped. Thanks!
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-22-2019, 06:37 PM
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I have no idea what an enviro cloth is, but I use old towels/rags to clean my tack-- a piece of sheepskin works really well for cleaning tooled leather as it picks up grime from the tooling so you don't have to spend time with a toothbrush the night before a show..... Give your new saddle a cleaning with saddle soap, wipe with a damp cloth, and let it dry. Hopefully the brown coming off is dirt-- if it's color, the saddle is so cheap it's probably not worth using.

Conditioner softens and preserves the leather, and on a western saddle you put it about everywhere but the underside of the skirt (should be sheepskin there anyway) and avoid the seat if it's padded or suede. Let it soak in for a few hours, then wipe off the excess. If there are any super-dry spots, reapply to those areas. For conditioning, I use pure neatsfoot oil, not a neatsfood blend or compound-- it can be hard to find in a store as the compounds are cheaper. Something like Bickfords or Lederbalm/balsam also work well. Wipe or paint on a light coating and let it soak in for a few hours. Once the oil has soaked in and dried, buff the saddle with a soft cloth so it shines. If you applied a lot of oil, wear old jeans the first ride or two in case any rubs off.

Can you post a picture of your saddle? Seeing what it is and how it's made will help us know how to help you. Good leather needs only the most basic of care, and cheap leather can be dangerous no matter how well it's cared for.


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post #3 of 13 Old 08-22-2019, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! Iíll just clean it with a damp cloth and see if it needs much else! Here are some pictures,not great ones tho.

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post #4 of 13 Old 08-22-2019, 07:34 PM
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Yep, wipe it off with a damp cloth, go over it with saddle soap, then give it a good oiling with neatsfoot oil or a saddle conditioner and it will look a lot better. You can fix the curled skirts to some extent by putting the saddle over a barrel, wetting the leather there, then strapping a ratchet strap tight across those spots and holding the leather in the proper shape until its dry.



Go over your saddle carefully making sure none of the 'important stuff' is damaged-- look for loose rivets and stitching, frayed or cracked latigos, or cracked, torn stirrup leathers/fenders. Make sure the latigos and girth are supple and safe. Good leather should feel almost alive -- not overly limp and not cardboard stiff. On a saddle you aren't sure about the previous care, it never hurts to replace the cinch and latigoes so you know they are in good condition. Look at the d-rings and make sure those are well-attached and strong so you can be safe with the saddle cinched snugly to your horse.

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post #5 of 13 Old 08-22-2019, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you much! Iíll do that! The skirts are only curled on one side!

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post #6 of 13 Old 08-23-2019, 02:40 AM
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Your saddle is a Simco. Decent saddle.

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post #7 of 13 Old 08-23-2019, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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Your saddle is a Simco. Decent saddle.

Thank you! I didnít know that!
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post #8 of 13 Old 08-23-2019, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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https://www.amazon.com/Effax-4273-Le...s%2C162&sr=8-6

Anyone have experience with this stuff? Is it worth the money?
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Yes, it's awesome. I like to apply it with my fingers because the heat of your hands will make it absorb into the leather more.

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Yes, it's awesome. I like to apply it with my fingers because the heat of your hands will make it absorb into the leather more.
Thank you! I will go ahead and order it!
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