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  • Do you clean tack after every ride?

    If so, is it a full scale cleaning or more of a wipe down? What products do you use?
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    I clean my tack after *most* rides. I admit that sometimes I don't clean it... (If I am borrowing anything from anyone else, though, I always clean it!)

    I use a liquid glycerine soap and a sponge most times. Sometimes there's a bottle of conditioner in the tack room and I'll use that. I very very infrequently have to use oil. I can't remember the last time I used it on anything that wasn't brand new.

    I usually just wipe it down and do the top of my saddle flaps. Once a week I'll do under my saddle flaps and I'll unbuckle buckles, but I don't do that every day.

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    • #3
      I try to give everything a full cleaning after every ride since it makes it easier then just cleaning once a week but at the very least I always wipe my saddle down, clean my girth, and clean my bit. I use Amerigo soft clean for most leather and CWD saddle conditioner for my saddle.

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      • #4
        I clean my tack after every ride.
        I just wipe it down, I only take leathers off/bridle apart/etc and clean thoroughly about every week.
        I wipe down w/ a damp sponge and then w/ the barn's readily available tack cleaner(murphy's oil soap and lexol mixed).
        When I clean thoroughly I usually use either Leather Therapy or Effax, sometimes Farnam Leather New.

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        • #5
          I'm sure my tack would appreciate a cleaning after every use... I'm sure it would even settle for a weekly cleaning. Self admittedly I'm terrible at cleaning my tack :/ but when I do it's a pretty good cleaning. I really like the stubben soap and follow it up with the hammanol. Any of the effax products are good too
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          • #6
            ...I think about cleaning my tack after every ride... Does that count?
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              #7
              Originally posted by Credosporthorses View Post
              I'm sure my tack would appreciate a cleaning after every use... I'm sure it would even settle for a weekly cleaning. Self admittedly I'm terrible at cleaning my tack :/

              Me too!! Which is why I thought that if I saw how many people posted that they cleaned after every ride I'd be motivated to start doing it more often myself I like the effax products too.
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                #8
                Originally posted by OveroHunter View Post
                ...I think about cleaning my tack after every ride... Does that count?
                YES - because often I don't even *think* of cleaning mine which is not very horsemanship-like of me!
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                • #9
                  Yes! I use Belvoir tack cleaner (in the spray bottle) and a damp sponge--I actually wet the sponge and blot it with a towel to avoid putting too much water on my tack.
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                  • #10
                    Yes, I clean my tack after every ride. If you do it on a daily basis it's not a big production and only takes a minute or two. Normally I just use a barely damp sponge and some Belvoir (glycerine) soap.
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                    • #11
                      I do not. I try to wipe it down after most rides but it normally only ends up being every second or third ride. I only take my tack apart and clean it maybe once a month. Probably not the best method but as I wipe it down pretty thoroughly a few times a week it's never that dirty. I use one of the bars of saddle soap. Not sure what brand... And then ocassionally Murphy's oil/ water. I have conditioner for the times when I do a deeper clean and I have found that If you have a piece of tack (for me it's a specific noseband) that gets very dry then I put cocoa butter cream on it... it works really really well in keeping it supple. I don't put it on my Edgewood or anything but it does a fine job for my schooling tack that needs some tlc.

                      I need motivation to clean my tack more often as well!
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                      • #12
                        Most of the time I clean my tack after every ride, and I always take the bridle apart. If I'm pressed for time I might just wipe it down with a damp sponge but that's rare. For everyday cleaning I use Effax Leder Combi, its quick, cleans thoroughly and doesn't leave any residue. I have an assortment of other products I like to use, Belvoir cleaner and glycerine, Tattersal's, Amerigo's Soft Clean and all the Effax products. My favorite conditioners are Akene, CWD cream conditioner and Effax Lederbalsam.

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                        • #13
                          Yes! Just one more thing instilled at an early age.. I knew if I ever neglected to clean my tack, my trainers would have toasted me over an open flame. One basting me while the other stood turning the spit! Over the years it's just become a routine part of my "winding-down" process at the end of a long day. I can't even stand the thought of anyone else doing it for fear it's not "done right".

                          I wipe everything down with a damp sponge first, then rinse the sponge out & squeeze in a towel, then apply glycerine. I polish the bits at the end. Once a week or so I'll oil with Neatsfoot oil, or use a conditioner such as Leather Therapy or Lexol.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SkipHiLad4me View Post
                            Me too!! Which is why I thought that if I saw how many people posted that they cleaned after every ride I'd be motivated to start doing it more often myself I like the effax products too.
                            Glad to know I'm not the only one! The timing of this thread is hillarious, I brought ALL my stuff home last night and sat infront of the tv for 3 hours cleaning away. Looks soo much better now! If only I had the motivation to do simple cleaning more often.
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                            • #15
                              I ride 2-4x/week, and horsey gets ridden once more by his owner/trainer some weeks, too. I wipe it down with a barely damp cloth once a week, and every two weeks put some saddle soap on it, too. If he's been particularly sweaty, I'll clean more thoroughly. I almost always clean the bit completely after each ride.

                              As far as conditioner I'm not certain which one I've used on the saddle/bridle. I think it was lederbasalm or whatever that is called.
                              Whenever I bust out the soap I go ahead and clean the boots on my feet, too. However, now that I think of it, my boots are looking a little rough, so I should probably clean the saddle and bridle next time I get to the barn! (I also put Neatsfoot oil on the boots occasionally)

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                              • #16
                                I always rinse the bit

                                I clean my tack now and then. I spend more time cleaning my horse.
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                                • #17
                                  Who has the time to clean tack after evey ride?

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                                  • #18
                                    I clean my tack after every ride. Really, more of a wipe-down with a damp cloth. I wipe down bridle, girth, saddle, boots, and I CLEAN my bits and wrap my bridles every ride. Mostly, I'm interested in removing sweat and dust and mud. This only takes me a few minutes. I clean/condition my tack every few weeks or so.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Chaotic Chloe View Post
                                      Who has the time to clean tack after evey ride?
                                      It only takes 5 or 10 minutes at the most to wipe everything down ...

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                                      • #20
                                        More so in the winter, when I'm riding in the indoor and my saddle gets dusty. I wipe it down with a damp cloth or one soaked in Effax. I rinse my bit after every ride and I clean and condition everything thoroughly once a week.

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