| Tack can be hard to take care of! Listed below are some tack problems and solutions.
|Here are some tack problems I have had:|
|Bought the Wrong Saddle! When I bought my first saddle, I bought a close contact by mistake. I did end up getting used to it. Find out what kind of saddle you need before you buy one. If you have a horseback riding teacher, check with him/her first.|
|Orange Spots: My saddle frequently gets orange spots on it. Your saddle may get these spots on it if the leather is wore out.
Solution: Clean you tack more often. Let it soak in a cleaner that has neatsfoot oil in it. Make shure that you use a tack sponge to clean your saddle (below). Try taking your tack to a leather shop. You might be able to purchase a special cleaner there. You may also be able to put die on the spots.
|Breaking In: Breaking in a saddle takes a lot of patience. When you buy a new saddle, the leather is slick. This makes it difficult to ride in! To speed up the process of breaking a saddle in, try using a saddle cleaner with neatsfoot oil in it. The more you use a new saddle, the faster it will get broken in.|
|Can't Find the Right Sponge? When you clean your tack, you should use a tack sponge. You can buy tack sponges at tack shops or from horse catalogs. If you clean your tack with a regular sponge or washcloth, this can ruin your leather. It can make the die come off. This can cause orange spots (above).|
|Stirrup Leathers Stretching: We mount from the left side. This can cause your left stirrup leather to stretch more than the right. Switch your leathers to opposite sides of the saddle to prevent this.|
|Cover Up: Don't leave a plastic saddle cover on your saddle, leather needs to breath. However, plastic covers are great for rides in the rain.|
|Shape: Saddles take the shape of what they're placed on. When not riding, place your saddle on a saddle rack|
|Stirrups and Bits: Clean your metal stirrups and bits with soap and water.|