Synthetic saddles can take all of the mud and dirt that you and your horse can throw at them!
We love being able to go for a ride and not worry about our tack, but after a few rides our saddles could do with a clean up. We recommend wiping your saddle over with a damp cloth at least once per month, but when it gets really dirty we like to follow this simple method to spruce up our synthetic saddles in just a few easy steps!
STEP 1: Crank up the volume!
Having your favourite music turned up whilst cleaning can definitely make the spruce-up seem much quicker, so go on, use that sponge as a microphone and sing along!
To make this step even easier, there are lots of cleaning playlists available online, like this one.
STEP 2: Prepare your equipment
You don’t need much to clean your synthetic saddle! Here’s what we used:
- a stand or fence rail for your saddle to securely rest on
- a cloth or sponge and small soft bristled brush for any stubborn marks
- Wintec Saddle Cleaner, or a bucket of water with mild detergent
- a garden hose or bucket of clean water for rinsing
STEP 3: Wet your saddle with Wintec Saddle Cleaner or a mild detergent and water
To get the process moving, simply spray your Wintec Saddle cleaner onto your saddle, or apply mild detergent and water with a cloth or brush and wipe your saddle over.
STEP 4: Rub and scrub any stubborn marks
Your saddle may only need a quick wipe over to look shiny and new, although if your saddle is really dirty and features lots of Equi-Suede, a small soft bristled brush can be helpful to remove any stubborn marks, ingrained grease and dirt and fluff up the Equi-Suede material to make it look like new!
STEP 5: Hose or rinse it off
Hang your saddle over a saddle rack or on a smooth rail or fence, stand back and hose it off. Don’t be afraid to get your synthetic saddle nice and wet as this is exactly what they are designed for!
- If you regularly swim in salty sea water with your synthetic saddle, it’s a good idea to open it up and make sure the metal areas have been rinsed and can dry properly to avoid any rust long term.
- If your saddle features any leather girth points or wear patches, we recommend keeping the hose away from these areas and simply using saddle soap to wipe these areas clean. If your leather does get wet you should simply wipe it dry with a cloth and move on to step 6!
STEP 6: Leave it to dry naturally
- When it’s hot: leave it in the shade (out of direct sunlight).
- When it’s cold: keep it in a warm dry place (not near your fireplace).
- In a colder climate it is best to plan ahead as your saddle may take a couple of days to dry completely.
If your saddle features leather girth points or a leather wear patch, once it’s dry make sure you apply a good-quality wax-based balsam to these areas to replenish the leather. A good balsam will help to protect against wear and colour loss so it’s very important that any leather areas are looked after.
Let us know if you have any other questions, and have a great time getting messy with your Wintec!