Your saddle is one of the most expensive purchases you’ll make after buying your horse! Here’s our guide to keeping it in perfect condition.
- Unfasten any buckles and remove any fittings from your saddle.
- Use a damp cloth to remove any dust, dirt, mud, hair, or other debris.
- Using a damp sponge, apply saddle soap. Work the soap into a lather and apply it to your saddle in small circular motions. Cover the entire leather area of your saddle carefully, avoid suede areas if your saddle has suede. Ensure you apply the saddle soap to the undersides of flaps. You may need to rinse and reapply saddle soap to your sponge several times.
- Using a damp cloth wipe your saddle down to remove any excess soap residue. It’s important to make sure you remove all residue so that it doesn’t damage the leather over time.
- Finally, apply a non-detergent leather conditioner sparingly and according to the directions on the label.
- Be careful not to over apply leather conditioners. Applying too much can cause the conditioner to penetrate through to your saddle’s padding or the tree.
- Clean your saddle regularly. It is better practice to give it a quick clean every time it is used but, if you are pressed for time once a week should keep it in good condition.
- Always store your saddle on a saddle stand or purpose-made rack and ideally keep it covered when not in use with your Chunky Monkey Saddle Cover.
- Should your saddle get wet while out riding never be tempted to dry it near a heat source. Let it dry out naturally and slowly then follow the steps above to clean and treat.