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Horse Tip #4 -Clean your Equipment!

Going off of the last tip, after you have spent the money to get that good quality equipment the key to making it last is cleaning it regularly. As someone who owned only a synthetic western saddle for several years, I must admit to not following this tip until the last year or so. My saddle didn’t need the maintenance of a leather saddle, and as I was just riding as a hobby I never bothered cleaning any of my tack or other equipment. I’m forever astounded that my bridle lasted without once having been cleaned or oiled.

To start off with if you have a leather saddle, hopefully you do that synthetic one was awful for many reasons, you need to clean it with saddle soap regularly and oil it as necessary. Normally only once or twice a year but if it has been neglected I would do it after every time you clean it for a while. This applies to your bridle and reins as well.

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Properly cleaning your leather equipment is definitely the most important as it can dry out and crack or even break off, and trust me it’s not fun when your stirrup leather falls off while you’re riding, you also have to remember to clean the rest of you equipment as well. Another important thing to make sure is clean is your saddle pad. Your pad goes through a lot of sweat, dirt and hair. It is important to get that off every so often because not only is it uncomfortable for your horse, it could cause some real problems. The way I clean my pads is to take the garden hose to them and rinse them till the water runs clean. I also know of some people who take their pads to the car wash to use the power hose. I also suggest taking your curry comb to your pad in-between washes, especially during shedding season.

Don’t forget about the little things to. If you use polo wraps or other cloth leg protection you can wash those in a washing machine, or if they are neoprene rinse and wash by hand. Do your bit as well, especially if you use the same bit for more than one horse.

Horse Tip #3 – Buying Equipment

As someone who has recently bought a lot of horse equipment, I have come to realize how important it is to buy good quality items the first time around. From cheap splint boots that had to be replaced a few months later, to clippers that just barely accomplished anything, I have found out the hard way that when it comes to horse equipment you really need to know what you’re buying. So here are some tips for buying horse equipment for the first time.

Check out what other people have. See what is working and what isn’t. Ask what they like and what they don’t. You might find out some things about what you were considering to buy that might surprise you.

And going off of asking others advice, see if you can get someone who has worked with horses for a long time to go shopping with you. I really wish I could have done that, it would have saved me some money.

If you have no one to ask do some research online on what the professionals in your discipline use. It will probably be expensive but well worth it. And if you can’t afford exactly what they use, at least you will have a better idea of what to look for in the cheaper products.

And most importantly if you cant afford a good item right now, WAIT! Save up you’re money and buy a better quality item later. It will save you money, time, and be better for your horse.