Caring for Your Leather Saddles
Your saddle is one of the biggest equipment investments you’ll make in horseback riding. For that reason, you’ll want to take proper care of it to improve the longevity of your saddle. Caring for your leather saddles is as simple as following proper cleaning and storage procedures.
Steps To a Clean Saddle
Regular cleaning is extremely important in caring for your saddle. Saddling cleaning can be done in these five simple steps.
Preparing the Saddle
The first step in cleaning is to prepare the saddle. To do so, unfasten buckles and remove fittings so you can access all parts of the saddle. Use a lightly wet towel and remove dirt, dust, hair, or mud that may have collected on the saddle.
Clean the Saddle
Using a damp sponge, apply a thin layer of saddle soap or leather cleaner to your saddle in small and circular motions. Make sure you cover the entire leather area of your saddle and avoid any suede areas.
Depending on how dirty your saddle is, you may need to rinse the sponge and reapply several times. Otherwise, you risk rubbing the dirt into the saddle rather than the cleaner.
Remove Excess Soap Residue
With a lightly-damp towel, wipe the saddle down to remove excess soap residue. Pay special attention to the crevices and folds where the residue can accumulate, as leaving it on your saddle can damage it over time.
Apply Leather Conditioner
The next step in caring for your leather saddles is to apply a non-detergent leather conditioner. However, use the condition sparingly, as using too much conditioner on your saddle can penetrate through to the padding or the tree which can cause damage over time.
Clean the Metal Fittings
The last step in cleaning is to clean the metal fittings and wipe them with a dry cloth to remove any excess cleaner. If your saddle has silver buckles or trim, apply a silver polish as well.
Aside from cleaning, storing your saddle can play a large role in saddle care.
When not in use, keep your saddle in a temperature-controlled environment, as extreme heat and cold are detrimental to leather. You should also cover your saddle in fabric or newspaper to enable the leather to breathe while keeping it free of dust and dirt.
Coolhorse has plenty of saddle accessories and a wide range of saddles such as roper and ranching saddles for sale to help you grow and care for your collection.