To care for your leather and oiled nubuck saddles: I use a slightly damp papertowel or cloth to remove any dust or grunge, then use Rudy's Tack and Leather Conditioner from Bee Natural. Just rub it into the leather with a sponge or smooth textured cloth.
To care for your sheepskin pad: Use a wire cat brush or stiff horse brush after EVERY ride to remove any dried sweat or grunge. This will mean you don't have to do anything more stringent very often. If it's getting dirtier, you can dampen a stiff horse brush to get stubborn grunge. If you need to wash it, you can. I prefer a hose and bucket over a washer, but some people do use a washer. Keep in mind, this is a natural product and skin imperfections can't be seen, so a washing machine may allow those imperfections to crack when drying if overly manipulated. Remove the inserts before washing. After, squeeze out exess water, give the sheepskin fibers a quick brush to align the fibers and replace the inserts (even if you don't ride with them, it's best to use them to keep the sheepskin in a proper shape as it will wrinkle and shrink). Dry flat, out of direct sunlight. This site may help.
Suede can be cared for with suede shoe cleaning kits.
Lorica can be cleaned of shedding hair or dust with a vacuum or a rolled piece of packing tape to get in the crevices.
Synthetic materials can be cleaned with a damp cloth. See below for a discussion from the saddle maker for Lorica (microsuede) and micronappa.
Ghost uses biothane - a polyurethane coated nylon web - for billets and stirrup straps which claims heavy duty uses up to 1000# breaking strength but holes do affect this.
∙ Wash in warm soapy water
∙ Rinse well
∙ Do not soak long term
∙ Use a non-abrasive scrub pad
∙ A regular hole punch may be used
∙ Length may be cut with scissors
Due to the unpredictable nature of equines, biothane items, like all component of your tack, should be used at your own discretion and should be inspected at regular intervals!
Micronappa and Lorica (from the material supplier and our Ghost saddle maker)
If you own one of our vegan saddles in micronappa or microsuede (Lorica) , this post is for you. Cruelty-free saddles are more durable than their leather cousins, and here are some tips on how to best clean and store them.