Riding our horses can be messy: we ride in the rain and mud, snow and sleet, rain or shine. Of course, our tack tends to get dirty, and it needs to be cleaned regularly to ensure that the leather stays soft and in good condition. Your tack should get cleaned at least a couple of times a week with water, soap and leather oil.
Here we'll look at the best tips for cleaning all your tack!
Water, soap and oil for leather
All your leather tack should be cleaned with water, glycerine soap, and oil. Start by cleaning your bridle, saddle, girth, martingales and
However, all leather should also be treated with leather soap after cleaning it with water. Water itself will make leather dry, so remember to apply a nice layer of soap on your leather tack. Finish off with a layer of leather oil to make your tack shine!
Clean your safety stirrups
Don't forget your stirrups! Your safety stirrups should be cleaned as well, so dirt doesn't build up on the surface. Grab some warm water, sponge and mild soap and get cleaning! If your stirrups have hard-to-remove stains, you can leave them soaking in mild soap water overnight.
Clean your horse's boots
Your horse's boots and wrappers can generally be washed in a washing machine and be left to air dry. Alternatively, you can hand wash the boots and wrappers at home. Make sure that the boots dry properly before using them again.
Clean your brushes
Brushes need cleaning, too! At least a couple times a year, you should leave your brushes soaking in warm soapy water overnight. Rinse the brushes off properly and leave them to air dry in a warm space.
Take time to clean your tack properly to ensure that your tack lasts and lives a long and happy life.