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Leather Care

As a lifelong equestrian, I have had a lot of experience with different grades and qualities of leather and knew that selection and maintenance of saddle and gear could affect many different factors of my hobby from safety of both horse and human as well as the durability, life and expense of replacing my leather equipment.

 

Through extensive research, I have learned about the wide range of leather grades and leather cleaning solutions. Choosing the right type of cleaning and conditioning solution can vary depending on the weight and durability of the leather, its function (equipment or apparel) and the level of stress it is exposed to. For example, even with a single saddle, you may want to use a different method of caring for one part of the saddle than the other. For example, with a saddle, you may want to keep the seat of the saddle fairly well conditioned to prevent the saddle from cracking at the seams, whereas you may want to limit care to just cleaning with very infrequent conditioning the billets or stirrup leathers to prevent weakening or stretching these parts of the saddle.

Not only leather care can vary between the type of gear or equipment, but can also vary depending on the season or climate, area of the country, or where it is stored when not in use. Remember, leather is a skin, so its composition and properties are very similar, yet since it is no longer part of a living animal, it does not have the ability to repair or regenerate itself, like our skin does. Although the tanning process extends the life and durability of the animal skin, care should consider this very important point.

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