Juliane Dykiel's Horsemanship Blog

3 Steps to Making Your Leather Last Longer

By Hadrien Dykiel

You can make your tack and leather apparel look nice and last longer by cleaning it regularly. Here are some things that you can do to keep equipment in good condition:

  1. Clean it
  2. – Use a damp sponge or towel to clean dirt, salt from sweat, and horse hair from your leather. You can use natural oil-based soaps or some glycerine soaps to help clean that don’t cause the leather to dry out.

  3. Feed it
  4. – The life of your leather comes from the fat inside of it. As your leather gets old, the fat needs to be replenished in order to keep the leather healthy and strong. Oil your leather after cleaning so that it reabsorbs fat. Pure neatsfoot oil is a good choice. Avoid-petroleum based products as they can dry out the leather. Oiling your leather regularly and lightly is better than saturating it once in a blue moon. Also, keep in mind that too much oiling will lead to flabbiness, a greasy feel, and weakened leather. Not enough oiling will lead to dry leather and cracks, like my paddock boots.

    Dried Leather

    My Dried Out Paddock Boots

  5. Protect it
  6. – Heat, dirt, water, and salt will all make your leather age faster. One way to prolong its life is to store your leather articles away from direct sunlight in a place that is neither too humid or too dry. Over a long period of time, leather can become deglazed. When this happens, you can protect it by resealing it with Satin or Super Sheen. It will give the leather a protective covering which helps retain the fat from oiling and helps protect it from all of the things that damage it.

    I hope this will help make your equipment last longer. Visit our store when it’s time for new leather tack!


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