Cleaning A Saddle
Saddles should be cleaned off after each time they are used.
The areas to pay attention to are:
- The stitching on the stirrup leathers.
- The quality of the leather hole in the stirrup leathers themselves as they can easily wear and split over time.
- The quality of the stirrup leather ,look in particular to the crease in the leathers where the stirrup iron sits the most.
- The stitching on the girth straps.
- The stirrup treads, for wear.
- The holes in the girth straps,making sure that they haven't split or are about to.
- The all over stitching of the saddle.
- The underside of the saddle for any lumps in the flocking.
- Looking for any areas that need repair.
- Saddle rack stand
- Soap sponge.
- Water sponge.
- Sink or bucket.
- Warm water.
- Saddle soap.
- Hanging hook.
- Clean girth or numnah as required.
- Place the saddle onto the stand.
- Remove the stirrup irons,leathers,buckle guard,girth and numnah.
- Hang the stirrup leathers onto a hook.
- Wash the stirrup irons and treads.