This is one of the things I hate the most, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t getting done!
So I use, technically 5 different products depending on what tack it is and what I want it for.
Applies to all;
I first use hot water and a rough towel(sometimes I soak bits of bridles to get an even bigger clean) then I use a normal saddlesoap. Personally I like to make it lather, some don’t. Then I use a clean towel again to dry it off, before starting to apply different products.
So on my Micklem bridle which I don’t use atm, I used this:
It makes them nice and keeps them looking nice and tidy(prevents mold also).
I also use this product on the saddles on the seat and where it touches the numnah.
On this bridle
Which gets used a few times a day, I cleaned it first, then used this;
I did two saddles, one old one and one newer one.
Old one I used
Because the colour is starting to fade and this makes the black come through a bit more, I find. And again the Leatherfat.
On the other saddle I only used the leatherfat.
I apply all the different product’s with sponges, but would recommend to use a towel/cloth for the leather restorer.
We also have fairfax bridle and for that I use the tube which came with it, and the leatherfat.
Sometimes the bridles especially can get a bit greasy if you use to much leatherfat, then I just “wash it off with hot water”.
This is how I, barely, take care of the tack. Would be interested in hearing your opinions or clever idea’s too 🤗