Leather Horse Tack | Spring Cleaning Time

I just found something written by Buckaroo John over at Buckaroo Leather on how to clean your leather horse tack for safety and long life. Why do I quote Buckaroo John? Over 30 years in the family business of bringing the horse loving community the highest quality Made in the USA horse tack custom made by experts from American Made leather, the best leather available but that’s a separate post.

Spring is Here! The clocks have been turned ahead or soon will be. The sun is out longer. The weather is warmer in most areas of the country.

It is time to do a “spring check” on all your quality leather western horse tack and saddles.

Before you start your spring horse rides a serious inspection of your tack is a must. Cleaning, oiling and conditioning of your tack is necessary. This spring time check is essential to keep your tack in good working order for the safety of both rider and horse. Plus you will be increasing the longevity of the leather, a money saving activity for you.


Take everything apart and inspect all your tack for wear. This includes your saddle. Pay special attention to all areas (“picture 1”) were your tack folds around the bits, buckles and saddle riggings. This is where there will be the most wear and stress. You need to replace any parts cracked or stretched. Chancing it is not worth the safety risk. Take your time, your piece of mind is worth it….


Next, clean all your horse tack and saddle with lots of water and glycerin saddle soap. Don’t be afraid to get your tack wet. You have to get all the dirt and sweat out.


Hang it all up to dry. Before it is completely dry please do oil with a good quality neetsfoot oil. The drying process will help suck the oil into the leather.

Teach the Children

This “spring check” is a great habit to get into, not only for adults, but for young riders too. Teaching your children the importance of good quality AMERICAN MADE leather tack and proper tack care will insure the safety of both your child and horse. It will also give you a sense of pride and confidence in your saddle and equipment.

On a separate note typically where there is a horse there is a dog. Check out our site for some rugged dog products you will find very helpful, especially our western dog collars and heavy duty dog crates.

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