Cleaning horse tack is an important part of riding and caring for your horse. Cleaning the saddles helps to prolong their lives by keeping them from becoming brittle or cracking. There are some things you will want to do on a regular basis and others that you will want to do on occasion. Leather cleaner for saddles is a must if you want to keep your saddle in tip-top condition for a long time. Here are a few tips on how to use leather cleaner for saddles.
General Cleaning Comes First
Before you use Leather Honey Leather Cleaner, make sure the saddle is wiped free of visible mud or debris, using soft cloths or brushes. You do not want the dirt to build up, as it will be harder to clean later and it can become a safety concern on the saddle if left unattended. After brushing off the dirt, dilute the Leather Honey Leather Cleaner as directed on the bottle, rub into the saddle or other leather horse tack, and let dry completely. Be careful not to over-saturate the leather — you can always apply more cleaner later.
Condition the Saddle
After the saddle is completely dry and clean, use Leather Honey Leather Conditioner on it in order to keep the leather from cracking or drying out. Using leather conditioner can also prevent the noises that saddles tend to make after hard use. Rub the Leather Honey Leather Conditioner into the saddle evenly with a lint-free cloth or brush. Use a thin, even layer. Wait at least two hours, and preferably overnight, for the Leather Honey to absorb, then wipe off the excess conditioner. While you wait for the saddle to dry, you can scrub the stirrups with water. You can even use silver polish on them if you want them to shine — just make sure to never use silver polish on the bit.
If you clean the saddle after each ride and condition it every few months, it will stick with you and help you enjoy safe rides for many years.