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Clean all dust and dirt off with a damp sponge, cloth, or piece of sheepskin using *glycerin saddle soap. This will clean and condition the leather. Make sure to give special attention to parts that come in contact with the horse and sweat (stirrup leathers, fenders, billets, rear cinch, and back of rigging plates)

When saddle leather is nearly dry, oil lightly with * Pure Neatsfoot Oil. Avoid oil that is not labeled Pure Neatsfoot Oil. Be sure to slide out the stirrup leathers partway in order to reach all surfaces. However, do not oil excessively, as this will saturate the leather and open the pores, which will make the leather flabby. This, in turn will cause the leather to collect dust, which has an abrasive action to the leather. The same rule applies to any other type of dressing you apply to your saddle.

Once you have cleaned and oiled the saddle, apply *saddle butter. This dressing not only softens, but also helps waterproof and preserve your saddle. Saddle butter should not be used on the tooled areas as tallows and hard waxes are difficult to remove from the background of flower stamping.

Finally, apply Tan-Kote (a protective moisture-resistant finish) to the stamped areas. This will bring a rich shine back to the leather.

Always place your saddle on a saddle stand or rack when not in use when possible, or lay it on its side with all leathers straight. Saddles are made for hard use, not abuse. A little care will go a long way in preserving your saddle and rewarding you with many years of use.

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