Is a Whitaker saddle easy to fit and keep clean?

Any experienced rider will tell you that you need to take care of your saddle.  If not, particularly with genuine leather products, over time it can lead to cracking and serious problems. 

That’s why we’ve gone to great lengths to provide a range of saddle options that are both easy to fit and adjust, but even easier to clean and maintain.

Our under panels/sweat flaps feature a synthetic/leather design so that cleaning needn’t take longer than it needs to

Saddle cleaning

Genuine leather is what may top riders prefer.  It looks great, feels comfortable and lasts.  But that’s only if you take good care of it, and put the time into maintaining it.

Do you have the time to spend hours cleaning your saddle?

The problem these days is that riders have very little time to take care of their tack, particularly if they only get to ride at the weekends.

While any responsible equine supplier and/or rider will recommend that you take good care of your tack and don’t cut corners, Whitaker saddles feature a unique/part synthetic/leather underside panel and sweat flaps that can be wiped down after use with simple soapy water. 

That means that you can keep it clean, without having to invest hours cleaning it with specialist cleaners etc.  This will ensure that you reduce the chances of your saddle deteriorating or cracking over time.

Always invest time in your tack cleaning regime; don’t cut corners, and focus on a buying a saddle that is practical to maintain and clean

Oiling your saddle

You should always oil your tack.  This is particularly the case when you buy a new saddle. 

Avoid oiling any leather that covers your saddle’s flocking, as the wool or fibres can soak it up and alter the fit, and/or damage flocking.

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If you are not sure how often to clean your saddle, or what you need to do before use, always speak to your saddle supplier and they will give you their best advice.  It’s better to start off on the right foot, so you know what you need to do and when.

“While all of our saddles are designed for ease of cleaning, we are on hand to provide support about cleaning, fit and storage,” said Joanne Whitaker. “There’s always someone at the end of the phone to help with specific queries.”

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