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Cleaning Tack

Cleaning tack is most often not the most favoured way of spending time at the barn. But there are plenty of reasons it is necessary for both the horse’s comfort and the tacks longevity.

Everything You Need To Know About Xleaning Tack

Why Should I Clean My Tack?

Cleaning horse tack is important for several reasons:

  1. Hygiene: Regular cleaning of horse tack helps to remove sweat, dirt, and grime that can accumulate on the equipment and harbor bacteria and fungi that can cause skin irritations or infections on the horse
  1. Comfort: A clean and well-maintained tack ensures that the horse is comfortable while wearing it. Dirt, dust, and debris can cause rubbing and chafing, which can be uncomfortable for the horse
  1. Safety: A clean tack is less likely to have weak spots, cracks, or frayed stitching that can cause equipment failure or even accidents during riding
  1. Durability: Regular cleaning and maintenance of horse tack can extend its lifespan and prevent the need for costly repairs or replacements


Overall, cleaning horse tack is an essential part of horse care and helps to keep both the horse and rider safe, comfortable, and healthy

How To Clean Your Tack

Here are the basic steps for cleaning horse tack:

  1. Remove any excess dirt or debris from the tack using a soft brush or cloth.
  1. Using a mild soap or leather cleaner, apply a small amount of cleaner onto a damp sponge or cloth.
  1. Gently scrub the tack with the damp sponge or cloth, paying special attention to any areas with stubborn dirt or stains.
  1. Rinse the sponge or cloth in clean water and use it to remove any soap residue from the tack.
  1. Dry the tack with a clean towel, being careful not to leave any moisture behind.
  1. Apply a leather conditioner or oil to the tack to keep it supple and prevent it from drying out.
  1. Store the tack in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight or heat.

It’s important to note that some types of leather require special care or cleaning products, so always check the manufacturer’s recommendations before cleaning your horse tack. Additionally, be sure to clean your tack regularly to prevent dirt and sweat buildup, which can cause damage to the leather over time.


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