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LEATHER CARE

LEATHER CARE

Keep tack and saddles in a dry place away from artificial heat, which will dry out the natural oils in the leather. Leather is badly affected by extremes of temperature and humidity. It becomes brittle when the temperature is too hot. When it is damp and humid, it becomes nasty and sodden and will mold. Even riding in the event arena, dust, and sweat quickly collect on the tack, especially if it is tooled or has braided rawhide, or is just braided. Clean it often - three or four times a year and when you board your horse at the end of the riding season.

Take tack apart for cleaning. Use warm water, saddle soap, and a soft bristle brush to remove dirt and sweat. Allow it to dry then rub and treat it with a good leather dressing. We use 100% pure neatsfoot oil to keep the leather supple and to prevent it from getting stiff when it gets wet. Mink oil and lanolin work fine. Finish the oiling by rubbing off any excess oil and polish it with a separate soft clean rag.