• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

how offten do you clean your tack??

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • how offten do you clean your tack??

    how offten do you clean your tack??

    I clean mine before a show.

  • #2
    I clean mine extensively every day. It doesn't have any crud on it and lasts forever.
    Proudly blogging for The Chronicle of the Horse!


    • #3
      Bridles, girths, etc, every day. Saddle, once a week or so.
      That is so nasty if you don't clean your bridle every day!


      • #4
        everything gets cleaned daily. including my saddle and my boots/half chaps! thats the only way to get everything to last forever!
        "If you are nervous you arent focused-if you are focused, there is no room for nerves!"


        • #5
          My trainer wipes down my saddle and bridle after every ride with Lexol Leather Cleaner wipes (orange cannister; pricey, but it's easy and thus she does it). Extensive cleaning before a show.


          • #6
            My bridle/girth/martingale get cleaned after each ride. My saddle gets cleaned about once a week.
            "To do something that you feel in your heart that's great, you need to make a lot of mistakes. Anything that is successful is a series of mistakes." -B.J. Armstrong


            • #7
              An old trainer of mine REQUIRED bridles, especially bits, horse's boots, girth, martingale, and saddle to be cleaned thoroughly every ride, I was not "required" to clean my boots/half chaps however.

              New trainer has no such regulations but bits are cleaned daily, tack is lightly wiped off pretty much every day--cleaned really well every week or two.


              • #8
                every ride
                Can you stress-fracture your brain?


                • #9
                  Not nearly as often as I should.

                  Always before shows and whenever I'm feeling particularly ambitious at the barn...

                  ETA- I do rinse/clean the bit most days. My horse always gets hay gook all over it, and it would be absolutely horrifying if I didn't do it at least every other ride but usually every ride.
                  Last edited by make x it x so; Aug. 2, 2009, 08:57 PM.


                  • #10
                    Every ride, all tack. I have a halter that I bought back in 1969 that I could still use but its retired to the hallowed halls in reverance to the dearly departed show mare that I had.
                    Lost in the Land of the Know It Alls


                    • #11
                      I'm awful and hardly ever clean my tack, except my saddle. My girth is synthetic and fleecy so I wash that every couple weeks, but my bridle barely gets cleaned. I clean the bit after every ride and clean the bridle maybe once every 3-4 months. It's a $30 Dover bridle that's 3 years old and gets used 4-5 times a week. I think it likes the neglect


                      • #12
                        After every ride. Boots get wiped down after every use but not always cleaned (I'm terrible with my boots).
                        No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. ~Winston Churchill
                        For Hope, For Strength, For Life-Delta Gamma
                        www.etsy.com/shop/joiedevivrecrafts Custom Wreaths and Other Decorations


                        • #13
                          I always do the day before a show. Otherwise, I try to clean everything once a week. Or if somehow my tack gets really dirty (if the footing is really wet and splashes up onto tack, etc. then i clean immediately after. I'm not so sure I'd be willing to do it daily. That's *too* much cleaning, if you ask me. I mean, I always condition after cleaning, but I feel like even if you did condition after cleaning (if you did clean everyday,) you'd kind of be stripping the leather in a way. Kind of like if you bathed your horse every day with shampoo, you'd be stripping away the natural oils from the coat. I mean, hair and leather are different, but to me it's the same idea. (however, i guess, it is apples and oranges) Either way, I've gotten plenty of compliments, particularly at shows, "your tack is SO clean!!" so, I don't think I'm doing anything wrong by only doing it once a week

                          Just the other day, at a show, a steward was petting my pony and said I had the cleanest looking/feeling bridle at the whole show I mean, i'm sure thats an exaggeration, of course, but I do make my tack pretty damn clean.

                          clean pony, clean tack. tell me if i missed a spot anywhere

                          Blitz <3 & Leap of Faith <3


                          • #14
                            I clean my saddle once a week and I clean my girth after every ride. I am pretty bad about my bridle and martingale. I hate cleaning bridles. I probably clean my bridle every other month or so. I wipe off the bit after every ride though.
                            Owned by an Oldenburg


                            • #15
                              Ummmmm...when it's so disgusting that I can't even stand it anymore. In theory, I should be cleaning it a hell of a lot more often than I do.


                              • #16
                                I clean my bridle everyday, and my saddle whenever I have time.
                                Which isn't often, haha.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by paint hunter View Post
                                  My trainer wipes down my saddle and bridle after every ride with Lexol Leather Cleaner wipes (orange cannister; pricey, but it's easy and thus she does it). Extensive cleaning before a show.
                                  Try Weiman's leather wipes for leather furniture and car seats. It works just as well, is cheap, and does not leave a nasty, slippery finish. I give my tack a swipe with these after I ride and it works brilliantly! You should be able to get them at any auto body store, walmart, etc. (They are a white tube with a medium brown cap- just like the Lexol conditioner)
                                  It's psychosomatic. You need a lobotomy. I'll get a saw.


                                  • #18
                                    I clean all of my tack every day. That way, it's always clean and the crud doesn't build up, and the leather is supple and smooth.
                                    proud owner of a crazy dutch warmblood


                                    • #19
                                      I wipe it down with a damp rag every couple of days, wash the bit every day, and then if I'm riding in a nasty ring and I get crud everywhere, I clean more often. I don't care if my tack lasts forever. If I can't afford a new $100-$200 bridle every 5-7 years, I am too broke to own horses. Also, I hope that my body changes shape and size every now and then, therefore making owning the same saddle for 40 years a moot point.
                                      Somewhere in the world, Jason Miraz is Goodling himself and wondering why "the chronicle of the horse" is a top hit. CaitlinAndTheBay


                                      • #20
                                        Lexol Wipes

                                        I clean my tack after every ride. I liked the concept of the Lexol wipes, so I created my own. I get a pack of baby wipes and let them soak in a Tupperware container with a little bit of my favorite brand of cleaner and a separate one for conditioner and use them to wipe off my tack after each session. I use the cleaner wipes after every ride and the conditioner wipes on Sundays (as Sundays the horses get off and I use the day to clean and re-organize everything)

                                        As far as boots are concerned, I wipe them off every ride and wash them as necessary, usually 2x a week. Synthetic girls I'll hose down and let dry after every ride and once a week put them in the laundry.

                                        For horse shows, everything gets a thorough cleaning and a douse of good quality conditioner to ensure that it is supple and show ring ready
                                        Last edited by RyuEquestrian; Aug. 2, 2009, 07:25 PM. Reason: missing signature
                                        Ryu Equestrian & Facebook Page
                                        Breeding Horses Today, for the Equestrian Sport of Tomorrow.
                                        Osteen & Gainesville, Florida.