Before competition

Cleaning tack

Cleaning tack

The day before the competition, clean and check all show tack.

  • The tack should all be taken apart.
  • Bits and stirrups removed and cleaned.
  • Numnahs, saddlecloths, synthetic girths and boots washed.
  • Leather boots cleaned the same as the tack.
  • All leather work wiped down with a sponge and warm water.
  • Clencher browbands and buckles clean well with the use of a toothbrush.
  • Leather conditioner or saddle soap applied according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Tack put back together and to the correct fit for the horse (take a note of the buckle hole used for the cheek pieces, noseband etc when you take the tack apart).
  • Cover velvet browbands to keep clean in transport.
Check tack

Check tack

Most wear and tear on your tack occurs at the buckles or where the leather folds back in a loop such as  where your bit connects to your bridle, so be sure to check for cracks and tears. Conditioning can help prevent leather from cracking, but it can't repair tack that is already damaged. If you find serious tears in your tack, it may be time to repair or replace it.

Stitching can also become worn, loose or rot.

Main places for leather wear and tear:-

  • Cheek pieces where the attach to the bit.
  • Reins where they attach to the bit.
  • Stirrup leathers where they are threaded through the stirrup iron.
  • Stirrup leather buckle holes where they can split with use.
  • Girth straps where the buckle holes can split.

Main place for stitching damage:-

  • Stirrup leathers
  • Bridle parts
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