Caring for your leather tack is extremely important. Properly caring for your leather tack will not only ensure its longevity and comfort but it will also protect your financial return. You are likely to get your investment back (or close to it) when you sell your saddle if it is in good condition.
- To care for your saddle, the most important thing you can do is to properly treat it. This means cleaning and conditioning the saddle on a regular basis and storing it properly.
- Clean your saddle clean of dirt, sweat and other damaging substances. Keep in mind that the oil in leather actually attracts dirt, so keeping it clean needs special attention. If you ride daily, simply wipe your saddle off with a damp cloth and clean it thoroughly every 6 to 8 weeks. If you only ride occasionally, it should be cleaned thoroughly a few times a year.
- Keep your saddle from excessive or prolonged wetness. When the leather becomes wet, the rawhide on the tree can soften and cause the surface leather to stretch. As the leather dries out, it is likely to crack from water evaporation and take the leather’s oil with it.
- Do not store your saddle on the ground. Leaving your saddle on the ground when storing it can bend your fenders out of shape. Storing it on the ground for a long period of time will give little “critters” plenty of opportunities to crawl up into the saddle and do damage to the leather and/or sheepskin.
- Protect your saddle from dust. Keep your saddle stored free from dust. If you are not able to do this, keep your saddle covered as much as possible. Dust will settle into the pores of the leather and damage it over time.
- Avoid storing your saddle in extreme heat. Avoid keeping your saddle in extremely hot areas such as the trunk of your car or in a window that is exposed to sunlight. Keep your saddle in a cool, dry area.
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