Equipment for horses that is made out of leather is expensive; that’s why saddles and bridles should be looked after correctly. You don’t need to perform magic to look after your leather equipment properly but with just a few easy techniques your leather saddle and bridle will remain beautiful and well-kept for many years to come!
Saddle and Bridle Care
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Sweat is the natural enemy of leather. You should clean your leather equipment with lukewarm water and a sponge straight away after every training and excursions in the summer. You should wring out the sponge well and only dampen the leather lightly.
Saddle soap cleans leather gently and is particularly suited to removing tough dirt. The substances that are in the soap work by moisturising the leather and preventing it from drying out after contact with water.
Leather care products such as leather grease and leather oil are nourishing and keep it smooth. You should use the correct cleaning product which corresponds to each different type of leather. Suede doesn’t need any care at all. For leather with decorations, such as, western saddles with a punched in design or braided bridles you should use leather oil. There is, however, one disadvantage: oil can easily block the pores of the leather. With that in mind, oil should only be used sparingly, and it should be rubbed off with a clean cloth shortly after it has been applied.
Leather grease is mainly suitable for smooth leather and can also be used on riding boots.
Leather should always be stored in a dry and airy place. Leather that is kept in a tack room that is too moist can easily grow mould which can damage it. Once mould has set in, the spores will ensure that new mould forms even once the humidity in the room has been reduced. Be sure to store your leather equipment in a dry environment from the start!
You can find many suitable products in the zooplus horse shop!