Equipment like saddles and bridles are something we use every day, and therefore we’d like to take care of it in the best way possible. Leather equipment is often rather expensive and therefore, it’s important that it lasts for as long as possible. This week my groom Mie Poulsen will tell you about how she makes sure that all my leather equipment looks amazing.
For daily care I use the following products:
· Leather Therapy Wash
· Leather Therapy Restorer and Conditioner
Whenever I buy something new for the horses, for example a new bridle or sadle, I’ll start with applying a good amount of Restorer and Conditioner even before using it. It’s an oil that softens the leather, which is nicer for the horse to wear or for the rider to sit in immediately.
I apply the oil with a sponge and leave it to dry. One of the good things about this kind of leather oil is, that it leaves the leather nice and shiny even after it’s dry, and won’t make the leather too flexible over time.
Every day I wipe the horses’ bridles with a damped hand towel, to make sure that there is no sweat residues left on it and if necessary, I apply just a little leather oil. Once a week all bridles and saddles are cleaned properly with the soap from Leather Therapy. The easiest way to apply it is with a wet sponge and then simply just rub it into the leather till it’s nice and foamy. Then I will hang the leather to dry for 10-15 minutes and finish it off with the oil Leather Therapy Restorer and Conditioner.
When all this is done, I will hang the bridles up in a special way, that makes sure that the leather can ”breathe”, if it isn’t totally dry yet. Watch how I hang the bridles in the video below.
- Mie Poulsen, Groom at Dufour Dressage.
Leather Therapy Wash
Leather Therapy Restorer and Conditioner