One of the most important yet expensive pieces of the tack is your leather saddle. It is the only item that has adirect connection both with the rider and the horse thus; if it is not taken care properly, it will bring discomfort to the both users.
To make sure that you have put the pressure on the right areas of the horse, you have to ensure that the saddle is well-fitted. In that way, the horse can move freely, therefore, you should take care of your saddle properly. Here are some tips that you should consider:
Storing the saddle
Most saddles are getting damaged because of the users who dump it in such a too cold or too hot environment. Even if you put some cover in your saddle but you store it in your car’s trunk for a long time, it will eventually perish. There are also times when rodents will chew and ruined the saddle, therefore, you should make sure that you store the saddle in a dry environment a couple of inches off the ground. If you have a saddle cover, use it in covering but if you don’t you can just cover it using an old blanket to prevent the dust and dirt from gathering into it.
Stripping down the saddle
You have to strip down your saddle now and then to examine and check every part if there are dirt and dust gathered. If you will not strip down your saddle, it will eventually accumulate dirt and will start to rot the leather. Once you find some dirt, you can clean it using the best leather saddle cleanerto make sure that there you have cleaned it thoroughly.
As what we have mentioned above, you should never store your leather saddle in damp conditions neithertoo hot environment. The leather would be too hard to revive if it began to brittle. Also, you should only use best tack care productsin cleaning your saddle. Do not use chemicals, strong detergents, oil and paints because it can damage your leather. If possible, ask for the recommended products from your manufacturer to make sure that you keep your leather supple by using the right products.
A good rule of the thumb is to clean your saddle every time you use it using saddle cleaner. You should also use your saddle now and then because saddles that are not used are in worse conditions than those that are usedon a daily basis. Also, in cleaning the saddle, you have to use sponges, warm water, saddle soap, and towel.
If you don’t have a saddle rack, making sure that you keep it in adry environment is enough before you leave it. If ever you are not using it too often, you should also check it now and then and clean it to maintain the quality of your leather saddle.