Four rather different but equally acceptable tack cleaning methods

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Four rather different but equally acceptable tack cleaning methods

In life, there are always more ways than one to carry out a standard task. Sure some methods are more effective than others, but often there can be equally great ways to do things with unique pros and cons. Cleaning tack is a standard task that all equestrians have to perform. Whether or not you love cleaning tack or hate it with a passion, you cannot skip this essential duty or else your tack won’t last long, and that gets expensive. Try these three different but effective tack cleaning methods to find your favourite system… And be sure to share how you clean your tack by answering the poll question at the bottom of this article.

1) Give your tack a daily once-over with a damp sponge or cloth: After every ride, wet a sponge or cloth and give it a good wringing out and then go over your tack with it. Make sure you don’t just wipe feebly, you’ll need to give it a vigorous going over to remove all the crud without soap.

Pros:

  • Quick and easy
  • Saves money on saddle cleaning products
  • Prevents soap residue from building up on your tack

Cons:

  • If you do not condition your tack now and then it will get too dry
  • Requires some elbow grease to get the sweat and dirt off without the help of saddle soap

 

2) The classic saddle soap and then conditioner method: This routine is simple you just wipe your tack with a damp sponge/cloth with saddle soap on it. Then you give it a wipe down with a dry rag before you condition it.

Pros:

  • Your tack will be glistening and soft

Cons:

  • Using conditioner after cleaning it can leave a sticky residue on tack
  • If you use too much conditioner, it can damage the stitching on the tack

 

3) Using conditioner and then use saddle soap to seal in the moisture: This is the Pony Club way of cleaning tack. First, you wipe off your tack with a damp sponge/cloth and make sure it is super clean. Then you condition your tack before the final step of going over it with a barely damp sponge and saddle soap.

Pros:

  • Your tack will not have any sticky or tacky residue
  • Tack will stay conditioned for a long time thanks to the saddle soap seal

Cons:

  • Time consuming

 

4) Speed things up by using a 2-in-one saddle soap and conditioner: This method is similar to the first except you add your 2-in-one product to your damp sponge.

Pros:

  • Saves time
  • Keeps tack conditioned and well cleaned

Cons:

  • Some 2-in-products can leave behind residue
  • Tack will not turn out as shiny and soft as it would with the use of a straight conditioner
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