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Caring for Your Leather Tack: Maintenance Tips and Tricks

Caring for Your Leather Tack: Maintenance Tips and Tricks

Posted by Aubry Boonstra on 1st Feb 2024

Hey there, fellow equestrians! Have you ever pulled out your favorite saddle only to find it looking a little sad and neglected? Let's be honest, our gear takes care of us; it's only right we return the favor. After all, well-maintained riding gear not only looks snazzy but also ensures our safety and comfort—and prolongs the life of the equipment we’ve invested our hard-earned money into!

Here's a little secret just between us: taking care of your horseback riding gear doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, with the right tips and tricks, it can be as satisfying as nailing that perfect trot. So, grab your cleaning kit, and let's get to it!

Saddle up for Success!

The heart of any rider's arsenal is, of course, the saddle. It's your trusty steed's throne—and your comfort zone during those long, winding rides. To keep it in tip-top shape, regular cleaning with a good quality saddle soap, like Bickmore Bick 1 Leather Cleaner, is essential.

Don’t forget to condition it afterward to keep the leather supple and prevent cracking. We recommend our Bickmore Bick 4 Leather Conditioner. And here’s a little nugget of wisdom: always store your saddle on a proper rack in a cool, dry place. Trust me, it makes a difference.

Bridle Bliss

Your bridle is like your car's steering wheel, and we all want full control when it comes to riding. Keep those reins and bits in pristine condition with a touch of elbow grease. A damp cloth can do wonders to wipe away the grime from the bit after each use, but if you're looking for something even easier, we love Horse Amour's Peppermint Bit Wipes. For the leather parts, the same rules apply as your saddle—clean and condition regularly.

Boots & Chaps: The Dynamic Duo

Let’s talk about boots and chaps, shall we? They protect your legs and keep you looking fabulous. Clean these as often as you use them, especially if it's muddy season. Waterproofing is a lifesaver, and for those leather chaps or tall boots, conditioning is your best friend. Say goodbye to stiffness and hello to a comfortable ride!

Now, as much as we all adore that “new tack” smell, there's something to be said for gear that's truly broken in and cared for by your own hands. Plus, when you come into Millbrook Tack, we’ve got all your maintenance needs covered—from the finest soaps and conditioners to the sturdiest racks, luggage for storing tack, and everything in between.

And because you're part of the Millbrook Tack family, we've got a special treat for you! ? Sign up for our newsletter, and snag a discount on your next purchase of care essentials. Let's keep that gear gleaming and our equine companions happy, together!

Remember, a little maintenance goes a long way in keeping the good rides rolling. And isn't that what it's all about? Happy riding, friends!