Depending on how frequently and intensely you ride will determine how frequently you should clean your saddle. You probably won’t need to clean your equipment quite as much if you mostly trail ride and take it leisurely. Your equipment might become damaged by dirty tack that has dirt and sweat residue built up on it. You must take care of your equipment if you want it to last, as sweat contains salt, and salt is bad for leather. Here are some ways to clean a horse saddle.
Cleaning Materials Needed
- Leather Cleaner
- Leather Conditioner
- Bucket of water
- Small Brush
- Dry towels
Remove The Saddle
To reach every area of the saddle, loosen buckles and remove fittings. Remove any dirt, dust, hair, mud, or other debris that may have accumulated on the saddle using a towel that has been only slightly dampened. Take off all of your leathers and irons because it’s impossible to clean them while they are still fastened to your saddle, so doing this is sensible.
Clean The Saddle
Apply saddle soap, glycerin soap, or leather cleanser to your saddle in a small, circular motion with a damp sponge. Make careful to coat the full leather portion of your saddle and stay away from the suede. Include the leather’s undersides and the spaces in between flaps. This cleans the saddle and plugs the pores. Having said all of these, if your saddle seat or knee rolls are built of suede, DO NOT use water, soap, or conditioner on them as you WILL ruin them. To get rid of the hair and debris from those places, use a dry, stiff brush.
Remove The Soap
Use a damp cloth to wipe the area of your saddle where the saddle soap was applied, rinsing the cloth as necessary, and continuing the process until all of the soap is gone. Make sure you don’t leave any soap behind. Remember to wipe the creases and crevices where the residue can collect because leaving it there will eventually cause damage to your saddle. You can use a cotton swab if the area is confined or challenging to access.
Put Leather Conditioner
It’s important to use a leather conditioner after thoroughly washing it. Apply leather conditioner sparingly and with a non-detergent. If you apply too much conditioner on your saddle, it may seep through to the padding or the tree, which could eventually lead to damage. Use just enough to maintain the leather’s suppleness. After taking care of the leather, you should clean the metal fittings and use a dry cloth to wipe away any excess cleaner.
Final Thoughts About How To Clean A Horse Saddle
You may inspect your saddle for deterioration early to help avoid expensive repairs when you clean it properly and frequently. Your saddle will last longer if it is properly maintained, cleaned, and stored, allowing you to enjoy many years of risk-free and joyful riding with your horse.