Care Of Tack and Tack Cleaning
Dirty, badly kept tack is uncomfortable for both the rider and the pony. It is also unsafe and looks dreadful.
Always carry tack correctly - no trailing reins or girths. Hang it up correctly to prevent it being damaged & to keep the tack room tidy. Lay tack down so that it wont get damaged. Tack thrown around or roughly handled will soon get scraped & damaged.
You clean your tack;
As you clean your tack, inspect it for worn areas and loose stitching.
Equipment for tack cleaning;
Wash off all dirt & grease with a damp, well wrung out sponge. The leather should not be wet. Put on oil if necessary & then the saddle soap. If the soap lathers, your sponge is too wet!
Wash and dry the stirrup irons - these may also be cleaned with metal cleaner.
Brush the girth with a dandy brush if it is not a leather girth.
Wash the bit in clean water. Do not clean the mouthpiece with metal cleaner.
Tack should be stored at room temperature. If it is too damp the tack will go mouldy & the stitching will rot. If it is too hot the tack will dry out & start to crack.
If stored for a long time, cover with a thin layer of vaseline for protection & wrap in newspaper