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Keeping your leather tack in good shape isn’t hard, but it does require a little extra attention. If you want your saddles, headstalls, and breast collars staying in top-notch shape, you’ll need to ensure that you aren’t making these common leather care mistakes. Don’t worry, there’s some helpful tips too! 1. Myth: The following products are okay to use on your tack: all-purpose cleaners, baby wipes, and food products like olive oil or mayo. Fact: Use appropriate tack cleaners and conditioners designed for leather. Many of the products above actually turn your tack more brittle or have a PH level that is way too high. Food products can lead to bacteria buildup over time. 2. Myth: Leather should never get wet. Fact: Hard leather isn’t from water, but rather improper drying. You should never dry your tack with the use of heat. Furthermore, leather is actually made in water. 3. Myth: Saddle soap is all you need. Fact: While saddle soap is inexpensive and commonly used, it definitely isn’t the best option for high-quality tack. The soap can actually damage and darken the leather because of the high alkaline. Choose an option that has a better PH balance, such as Lexol products. 4. Myth: Tack needs to be oiled a lot. Fact: Most tack has already been oiled in the construction phase. The overuse of oil can weaken and stretch out the fibers of the leather. The use of a good conditioner will provide the correct amount of oils to keep your tack hydrated. What are your favorite tack cleaning tips?