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Breaking Bad: How To Break In Your New Leather Tack

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Everyone loves new tack!  It’s gorgeous, it’s super clean, but it is also stiff and uncomfortable. So how do you turn your new tack from standing up on it’s own to being comfortable for your horse?  Easy.  A few simple steps and some patience. 

Leather goods, like saddles and bridles, are made up of protein bonds deep inside the leather.  These bonds are what give leather it’s flexibility and strength.  It’s critical to keep these bonds intact and strong, otherwise the leather is at risk of snapping and cracking.  You may have seen some old, dried out bits of tack with visible cracks.  This leather is beyond repair and rejuvenation, at risk of breakage, and generally suited as a display item instead of something your horse wears.  The cracks are signs of wear occur as a result of those protein bonds breaking down and losing their elasticity. 

Your new saddle and bridle is stiff, as it has just come from the tanning and manufacturing process.  Your job is to make it usable! There is the old cowboy way of doing things - which entails soaking your brand new investment in the water trough, then riding all day in it.

Luckily, today’s leather care products let you take care of breaking in your tack without the wet bum.  Tack care products include saddle cleaners, saddle conditioners, and protection.  First, use a cleaner (such as Lexol Leather Cleaner) to ensure your leather's surface is free from any dust, dirt, or grime. Then, use a conditioner (such as Lexol Conditioner) which will help soften and stabilize the protein bonds in your new tack.  You will need to clean and condition your tack a little more than you normally would as you are breaking it in. For those in between quick cleaning & conditioning use NEW Lexol 3-in-1 Leather Care! The 3-in-1 formula cleans, conditions, AND protects your new tack from sun damage.

Using your new tack is also a great way to break it in - although for the comfort of your horse, clean & condition your tack before you go for a spin.  Then, keep up the daily routine to help your leather goods last a lifetime.  Lexol’s 3-in-1 Leather Care is designed to make tack cleaning easy and quick - so you can avoid those dreaded days of taking all of your tack apart to clean and condition.  A few moments every day prolongs the life of your leather and lets your saddle and bridle stay comfortable and clean for your horse.  It’s that easy!

Professional Results Now In One Easy Step

Lexol® 3-in-1 Leather Care cleans, conditions, and protects your leather in one easy step. The Lexol 3-in-1 formula effectively, but gently, lifts dirt from leather. It also helps to condition, soften and rejuvenate stiff leather. Plus, Lexol 3-in-1 has a UV protectant in the formula Lexol_3-in-1.pngthat helps protect your leather from the drying and bleaching effects of the sun.

  • Cleans, conditions & protects leather in ONE EASY STEP
  • The ONLY Equine leather care product that protects leather from sun damage
  • Lifts dirt from leather
  • Softens & rejuvenates stiff leather
  • 2 out of 3 riders prefer Lexol 3-in-1 over other brands!*
  • Easy-to-use 16.9 oz. spray bottle


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Liv Gude

Liv Gude

The founder of Proequinegrooms.com. After many years of grooming several Olympians, Liv saw the need to bring Professional Grooms of all disciplines together in a supportive, informative community in an effort to acknowledge them as skilled individuals, deserving of all the rights and respect that other professionals earn. Proequinegrooms.com is also dedicated to sharing grooming knowledge and horsemanship skills to horse lovers everywhere.

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