Care of Equipment and Leather

General Horse Tack Care.  Simple "how to's"  for tack care and maintaining longevity.

Caring for your tack the right way will extend its life, and with the right product at hand, you’ll find that your saddles, bridles, boots, and other leather goods take on a supple feel and exhibit a soft sheen. Not sure how to use neatsfoot oil on leather? By the time you finish reading this article, you’ll be able to call yourself an expert! Why Neatsfoot Oil Works so Well Take a look at the many leather conditioners on the market, and you’ll notice that only a few of them are all-natural. Neatsfoot oil is one of these.  It lubricates the minuscule fibers inside the leather’s structure,...
Your horse saddle is more than just a comfortable seat for you to ride in: it’s also a major piece of safety equipment. While you probably know that accidents can happen no matter how careful you are, it definitely pays to protect yourself by keeping tabs on your equipment. An investment of just a few minutes is all it really takes to make sure that your horse’s saddle and tack are in good condition before each ride. Here are some important tips for staying safer on horseback. Watch for Problems Caused by Wear and Tear Check your equipment carefully on a regular basis, making it an important...
High quality horse rugs can be costly, but caring for them properly will ensure that they last for many years. Here are some tips for washing, weatherproofing, and storing horse rugs. One Rug or Two? In extreme weather conditions, it pays to get two horse rugs rather than one, so that you can keep your equine friend feeling comfortable while you allow the second rug to dry and air out after exposure to mud, manure, and smelly urine. Every morning, check the rug your horse has been wearing. If it is dirty or damp, hang it up and allow it to dry, and swap it for a clean rug. Once the dirty rug...
Good horse equipment – halters, bridles, saddles, and even grooming supplies – can be a major investment, and with the right kind of care, it will last for many years. Some items are made of fabric or plastic and are very easy to wash, either outside in a bucket with a bit of mild soap and some cool water, or inside, in the washing machine. Leather items, especially those with lots of fancy stitching, conchos, or other decorative components, take more time and effort to maintain. With this in mind, here are some tips for keeping your horse equipment in tip-top shape. Keeping Brushes and...
    A horse’s saddle will often times cost up to half of what you paid for the animal itself. With such a large investment into your equestrian career it could have people wondering how long it will actually last. Not all saddles are created equal but from the right source and with the right care they can last much longer than most would think.   An average horse saddle lifespan mostly will depend on where you get it from and how you treat it while it’s in use but generally they last decades at least. Often times a horse saddle will outlive a horse or at the very least it’s career.  To...
       As their name implies, show saddles for sale are saddles that are specially designed for horse shows and looking fancy. Essentially, they are fashioned with custom embroidery and other beautiful features that are made for showing off. Quite different from typical work saddles, show saddles are designed to be aesthetically-pleasing to the eye rather than simply durable enough for work purposes.        When you're looking for show saddles for sale, there are a few tips you can keep in mind to help you pick the best saddle to fit your needs. For instance, most show saddles are designed...
       Almost everyone conjures to mind the typical western saddle when picturing what a saddle looks like. Western saddles are the ones that were popularized by the famous "cowboys," and they were mostly used in western riding and cattle ranching. During cowboy days, saddles were made out of leather. Although you can still buy leather saddles today, they tend to be expensive and require more maintenance than some more modern types of saddles.          Thanks to innovations in the textile industry, manufacturers are now able to manufacture synthetic western saddles that are made of synthetic...
       Every Cowgirl dreams of riding the range or getting the fastest time running barrels at the next rodeo. Cowgirl chicks want to kick butt and look good doing it! Finding the best western saddlery for chicks can be difficult. Rodeo Cowgirls want flashy, blinged out saddles that will look great in the show ring. Whoever said that rodeos are not just for the cowboys! Western cowgirl chicks love to look great in the saddle while kicking up some serious dirt! If you are a Cowgirl looking for a western saddlery for chicks, look no further. Check out Saddleonline today and find your perfect,...
How to Oil a Saddle   CLEANING:      Start with wiping down the saddle. If you do it daily this will not only keep your tack cleaner, it will also alert you to any problems, like loose stitching or wear. Girth billets and the stitching that holds them to the nylon webbing are very important to check regularly. Saddles should be cleaned thoroughly every month with wiping and spot cleaning in between. Make sure you use a high quality soap that is meant for leather and saddles. Follow all of the saddle manufacturer's and the soaps instructions. The biggest mistake is allowing the leather to be...
 The Care of Tack               Horse saddles, bridles, halters, and anything else used on and around horses is bound to get dirty. Cleaned and well kept tack will last for years and be in good working order when you need them the most. Here is a handy guide to the once a year “super clean”. I usually do this before going to a horse show or in the spring with the spring cleaning. Saddles and leather goods should be regularly cleaned through out the year.   Tack              Your saddle and bridle take a daily beating if you are riding regularly. It is essential to keep those items in top...

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