5 Tips for Dealing with Wet Tack
Due to our climate and sadly not unlimited access to indoor arenas, sometimes we get caught riding in the rain. By taking care of our tack properly after it has a good soaking is important to for our leather's longevity.
- Remove the excess water. Take a clean and dry towel and wipe everything down once you finish with your horse. Then take a slightly damp rag and take off the top layer dirt and sweat, the one you used to take off the water might work perfectly!
- If your tack is absolutely drenched, then give it a thin massage of conditioner while it is still damp. This will prevent any cracking. This will help restore balance to the leather fibers and will help diminish rain spots. Additional buffing with a cloth will also help reduce rain spots.
- Let your tack dry evenly in a warm, climate controlled heated room. You don’t want to put too much heat on the leather with it being too close to a heater. This can cause the leather to warp, crack and become brittle. However, a dehumidifier would be helpful. Leave your tack uncovered. It is tempting to put your saddle cover back on, but the more natural, warm airflow will help your saddle dry properly and prevent mold from starting.
- Once your tack is dry, you can give it another clean and condition. Only add as much conditioner as your leather will absorb. The best way to apply cream conditioner is with your hands and massage it into the leather.
- Prevention. Keep your tack covered when possible. Sadly, once water spots or brittle cracking is done to leather, it can not be fixed or erased. I personally love to use my Discovery Trekking Riding Skirt when riding in the weather as it covers me, my horse, and my tack. Want to order one? Send me a message!
Another note that if your saddle is wool flocked and the flocking got wet, give your saddle fitter a call. As the flocking could be damaged, packed too hard, smooshed around, or otherwise messed up due to excessive water.