Ever since I decided to keep Sunday, I feel like I’ve gone back in time to learning about horses all over again except that this time, I’m paying the bills and have my own truck lol.
My heart and dream is to eventually jump him and even compete at Spruce Meadows. They say if Your Dreams Don’t Scare You, They’re Not Big Enough.” To me that would be like competing at a breed level world show.
But, if for whatever reason, he hates jumping, I will train him to be an all-around show pony. So, I decided to purchase a beautiful Circle Y Equitation Western Saddle with some silver and a brand-new English Saddle.
Cleaning Tack. Everyone’s least favourite thing to do. I was excited to clean my new English Saddle because it was as stiff as aboard. Never been cleaned let alone oiled or conditioned. So, I needed to get to work, but I honestly had no idea where to start or what to do. Not a clue. Have not owned an English saddle in probably 30 years.
So, I, of course, started asking friends, what do I do, what do I need? My friend Lisa that just so happens to have a leather making shop suggested these three items and how to use them:
Step 1: Take a cloth you do not mind tossing, using warm to hot water from a tap, give the saddle a good clean just with water and to open up the pores.
Step 2: Fiebing’s Liquid Glycerine Saddle Soap. Serious lifesaver. Grab a cloth that you don’t mind if you need to throw out after. Spray the soap on and wash until the soap is gone. Rinse more on the seams and such. You don’t want soap build-up because it will wear out the seams quicker. Let it dry completely. Be sure to do all parts, top side and bottom side.
Step 3: Fiebing’s 100% Pure Neatsfoot Oil. Before pouring this on, put a towel or something under your saddle to protect whatever you're cleaning your saddle over. Pour it on generously, but no need to soak your saddle in it. Wipe all over until it soaks into the leather. Give it 24 hours to soak in and dry.
Step 4: Fiebing’s Conditioner. Use with a circular sponge and use generously. Be sure to buff out with a soft cloth after.
Once dry and no longer feels sticky or wet anywhere, go ahead put your stirrups and stirrups leathers back on.
Repeat these steps with your bridle and any other leather tack you have. I plan to wipe my saddle down after every use and do a good clean every 3 to 4 months or as needed.
Clean, oiled and conditioned into a beautiful rich chocolate brown!