If you have tack you are not using over the winter months it is important to store it correctly. Unused tack can very quickly become mouldy which in turn drys out the leather making it weaken and crack, especially straps and around buckles.
We have created a handy guide to get any unused tack safely stored away for winter.
- Take the tack apart and give it a really good clean using warm water and a sponge or cloth. You can use a specialist tack cleaner solution if you wish.
- After washing it leave it out to dry and then give it a good soap. Oakwood or Renapur are very good leather soaps to use.
- To store the tack it is best to leave it apart, when the soap has sunk in it is time to store, you can pop bridles in a bridle bag or a pillowcase works well too. If you can take the tack home to store it that works well, place somewhere that has a fairly regular temperature like the airing cupboard, or a wardrobe.
- Saddles should have a fleece cover with a waterproof cover over the top of that, again try to place them somewhere warm and dry.
- If you are leaving tack in a tack room you can add in the sachet dehumidifiers to the bridle bags, or in between the saddle covers, you can also pop some of the big plastic pot dehumidifiers in your tack room to help keep the damp at bay. These can all be purchased from Amazon, eBay, Poundland and supermarkets.
- Give the tack a check over every 1 – 2 weeks and also change the dehumidifiers, if the tack is becoming mouldy wipe it over with some saddle soap and pop in a few more dehumidifiers or try to move it to a warmer/drier place.
- After winter be sure to check any unused tack thoroughly before use. Pay particular attention to buckles, and buckle grooves to make sure they have not split or cracked. Also give the stitching a really good check to make sure it is all still intact.
If you have any other tips for keeping tack in tip top condition over winter please share them with us.
The Tidy Tack Rooms Team