I got to think the other night when I was cleaning tack in my mom’s kitchen… what that’s not the appropriate place to clean months’ worth of dirt and grim off of expensive leather. Well I didn’t hear anyone complaining sooooo. Ok yes I was the only one there but what they don’t know won’t hurt them or me.
Anyways, as I was saying. I got to think about cleaning tack. Which is one of my least favourite things to do. Hence the large amount of time since the last time I cleaned my tack.
I hate it! But maybe I hate it so so much because I often think I’m not doing it right. This got me thinking about my tack cleaning routine and what others do differently or the same.
So dear readers what is your tack cleaning routine?
Step 1: Wait a ridiculously long time between cleanings so that your tack looks like crap (see evidence in above picture). Pay no mind to the expensiveness of saddles and that in order to replace it you’d likely have to take up hooking.
Step 2: Bring tack home. It’s way too cold to clean at the barn in January! Wait until everyone is out of the house so that you can clean in whatever room you want. I like the kitchen.
Step 3: Assemble all the things and get your moms largest mixing bowl because you forgot to bring home a bucket. It’s fine. That’s what dishwashers are for.
Step 4: Disassemble all the pieces.
Step 5: Make sure you have your kitty helper nearby.
Step 6: Clean all the things!
Step 7: Freak out when you see strange discoloration and worry that you’ve damaged your saddle. Keep cleaning. Make discoloration worse. Keep cleaning anyway.
Step 8: BIG sigh of relief because saddle seems fine after it’s dried a bit.
Step 9: Oil everything!
Step 10: re-oil everything because your saddle was so thirst it sucked up all the oil within minutes.
Step 11: Store tack overnight in climate controlled bathroom. Reassemble all the things.
Step 12: Ride your
very enthusiastic horse in newly cleaned (and slightly sticky) saddle and cry that you’re going to have do the whole process again… in a few months.
What do you do differently or the same? Got any tips or tricks?
P.S. If you haven’t got Alyssa to do a cartoon of your creature yet go do it. She’s wonderful to work with and does such a great job.