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August 02, 2008

Restoring Dry Leather Tack

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Hi Cherry !

Before I ask my question, I just want to say that you're website is amazing! Thanks for all the helpful articles!

Anyways, I have a question about my tack. My horse died a few years ago, and even though I didn't ride her very much, I still kept my western saddle and bridle clean. But, since I have no one to ride anymore at home and I've been very busy, my tack has not been cleaned for quite a while. What are the health risks of stiff tack? I'm worried about the horse's comfort. Is there anything else I can do to my tack to make it less stiff? Thank you very much!!

- Claire

 

Hi Claire,

I'm glad you find our website helpful. We do work diligently on it in hopes that it will help horses and their people.

As far as tack, yes, supple, well-fed leather is more comfortable for the horse. Stiff leather can cause discomfort and abrasions. And dry, stiff leather can crack and be unsafe.

Horse Tack Care and Cleaning by Cherry HillYou can bring dry, stiff leather back to life. Dry and stiff is better than wet and moldy.

To begin, be sure it is very clean and free of any sweat, dirt, mold or any dust from storage.

First I'd vacuum all surfaces, then brush with a soft brush to get into all the nooks and crannies.

Then I'd clean the item. My favorite product is Leather Therapy Wash.

While the leather is still damp, apply a conditioner (again, I prefer Leather Therapy Restorer and Conditioner) to the rough side of the leather - that is, for example, the backside of an English saddle flap or the backside of a Western saddle's fenders.

Once you have conditioned the leather, you want to seal it.

I outline the complete procedure for taking care of leather tack in this article - Leather Tack Care and Cleaning

When you are reconditioning tack, be sure to use good products and don't overuse any conditioner or you could make the leather limp, greasy or cause the stitching to rot. Good leather has body and life to it. So clean it, feed it and seal it according to the article and it should start to come back to life.

101 Horsekeeping Tips DVDFor more information refer to

Tack Care and Cleaning booklet
101 Horsekeeping Tips DVD

Best of luck,

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