How to Oil a Saddle

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 come saturated with water and soap. You only need just enough to remove the dirt. Don’t use abrasive pads or soaps they will mar the look of the leather. A piece of terrycloth and some “elbow grease” are all you really need to get the saddle clean.

Keep in mind that light colored leather could be effected by any oil or cleaning. Also do not use leather cleaning products on suede or roughed out leather.

 

CONDITIONING:

    Not condition frequently enough can dry the leather and make it prone to cracking. At the same time over-conditioning can weaken and stretch leather's fibers. How often you condition your saddle will depend on the type of leather used in your saddle, how often and what conditions you ride, and the area and weather. If you’re in a dry area or if you ride in the rain, you should condition more frequently than someone in a humid climate. Good leather conditioners are usually a cream base, again make sure it is for leather and saddles. Most saddles only need 1 or 2 light coats of conditioner. Wipe any excess off. Any excess oil will not absorb and could cause the leather to “release dye” and stain your riding pants if they are light colored.

Keep in mind that light colored leather could be effected by any oil or cleaning. Also do not use leather cleaning products on suede or roughed out leather.

 

        Leather is like your skin. You need to clean it regularly, and give it the right kind of moisture or it will be come dry, brittle, and crack. Use only what is designed for leather products and saddles and always check with the manufacturer. Things to never use on a leather saddle include, bleach, alcohol or alcohol-based cleaners, heavy oils, or petroleum-based products.

 

For more information check out our other blogs:

 

Care of Tack

 

 

Saddle care and maintenance

 

 

Cleaning leather bridles and saddles