Preping Tack For Upcoming Horse Show

An important part of preparing for your upcoming horse show is cleaning your tack, which includes but is not limited to your bit, bridle, breast plate, draw reigns, equi boots, girth, leather halter, martingale, and saddle. Taking the time to thoroughly clean your tack will not only make it presentable for in the show ring, but also help keep supple and lasting longer. The following is eight steps to cleaning your tack:
1. Gather your preferred saddle or leather soap, a soft cloth and a sponge.
2. Fill a small bucket with water.
3. Dampen your sponge (do not get sponge too wet) and in small circles on tack rub on the soap until it lathers.
4. Rinse sponge in clean water, and rub leather until clean (removing all soap residue). You may have to get clean water several times.
5. As you clean your tack look over it carefully and inspect your tack, checking for any safety issues.
6. Dry tack off with the clean cloth.
7. For the saddle rub on saddle shine or oil with the clean cloth and let dry overnight
8. When cleaning the bridle avoid putting soap on the bit. Simply use clean water and sponge.

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