5 of the Best Products for Maintaining Your Horse Tack
It’s one of the oldest struggles of being a rider—making sure your tack stays clean. It might not be as much fun as hitting the trail or gearing up for a race, but taking care of your tack is just as important as having a well-trained horse. The truth is, most leather products need to be maintained on a fairly regular basis to ensure they’re looking their best, but the likelihood is that you are not putting in the time necessary to keep your tack shining like the day you bought it.
Young riders often feel overwhelmed by the different types of leather, the myths and superstitions that continue to circulate regarding tack care, and the expectation to clean their track frequently. On the other hand, older riders who learned their tack maintenance strategies several decades ago might be surprised to learn how much leather care has changed in recent years—mostly due to improvements in the tanning process.
- Bickmore Bick 1 Leather Cleaner
There are few things worse than stained leather—except maybe dusty, dry, and cracked leather. To ensure that your tack is always looking its best, you should invest in high quality cleaning products. Not only is Bickmore one of the leading brands in leather care today, the product comes in a stylish, masculine black bottle and serves your needs with only a small amount of product.
Smooth leather saddles look great when they’re polished, but can easily become tarnished by stubborn factors like dirt, food, ink, grease, grime, and dust. It’s truly incredible to watch all of those unpleasant marks disappear before your eyes after applying a small amount of this aggressive leather cleaner, which is the first step in a tried-and-true tack care regime. We recommend following up with one of Bickmore’s rehydrating leather conditioners.
- Bickmore Bick 4 Leather Conditioner
After applying a liberal amount of cleaner, there’s a good chance your boots and saddles will be gleaming—but they’re at much greater risk of drying out if you don’t follow up with a small dose of high quality leather conditioner. Bickmore’s conditioner has been proven not to darken or stain leather in the process of rehydrating it.
This product is not only good at cleaning tack, but also polishing and protecting it. Your leather will last through thick and skin if it is properly maintained. Keep in mind that leather conditioner is not recommended for suede, and can actually cause damage to suede products.
- Bickmore Apache Cream
Bickmore also sells a cream oil restorer that helps to preserve, waterproof, and restore the natural richness to your colored leather gear and riding boots. The formula is specifically designed to rehydrate heavily oiled leather, which makes it perfect for everyday restorative use. If your favorite riding gear is made from either apache, distressed, or “crazy horse” leather, it is not advisable to use any other type of cream.
Leathers that are infused with oil will become damaged if the wrong product is used to clean and moisturize the material. Cream oil restorer is the only product that will effectively hydrate and polish the surface of all of your favorite leather boots and saddles. In addition, apache cream oil restorer will not dissolve stitching in the process.
- Bickmore Gard-More Water and Stain Repellant
Every type of leather, including exotics, requires a certain amount of care to ensure it remains soft, hydrated, smooth, and aesthetically appealing. Bickmore’s water and stain repellant is recommended for every imaginable leather material, so you can use it on everything from your favorite pair of riding boots to your most luxurious saddle.
You can even give car interiors, purses, and furniture a much-needed boost of shine with this repellant.This product makes a huge difference in the overall appearance of your most treasured pieces of leather riding gear, and serves a very important purpose—it protects against future damage, instead of trying to eliminate wear and tear that has already occurred.
- Bickmore Bick 5 Complete Care
To top it all off, many avid riders rely on the simple, easy-to-use standard: the Bick 5 Complete Care spray. This heavy-duty leather cleaning agent is stronger than the Bick 4, so you can use it on your most delicate leather tack, harnesses, and footwear. Not only does it clean the leather, it also conditions and rehydrates, making it a great option when you’re in a pinch.
The product comes in a 16 oz spray bottle, making it easy to use quickly. You can even take it with you on long trail rides. Touch up your beloved leather gear no matter where you are in the world.