Alright. Let's talk about it...
Remember in my post HERE, I promised to start taking better care of my tack? Well, it's happening. Seriously. Do you believe me?
A week or so ago, I was at The Horse Expo here in Pomona, CA, and I came across a booth called Rodeo Drive Conchos in their vendor buildings. (Which are VERY dangerous, might I add)
The booth looked like this:
|Blurry photo courtesy of their Facebook Page|
Here's how it works. You pick out your tack, then bring it to the front where they have trays and trays of different color combinations of conchos, all different sizes, shapes, and finishes. Here, you can play with and design your very own custom tack...yeah, like Build-a-Bear...SO FUN! My friend and I sat there for what seemed like an hour, switching different conchos out, playing with different buckles, etc. If you're worried about pricing, the girl who was helping us stayed right with us, and updated my order totals every time I added or removed a concho - very nice.
Once I settled on 2 headstalls and a breast collar, she immediately went to work attaching all the conchos - punching holes, tightening them up, she remembered everything I wanted, exactly where I wanted it. Here's how they all came out:
|I shouldn't quit my day job.|
|Oh, that misty morning light! LOL|
A few days ago on my Facebook, I asked you all what your favorite leather cleaner/conditioner was...well, here's mine.
Simple, to the point, Effax Leder-Balsam. Available HERE from Amazon, if you're interested. It has consistently great reviews across the board, and contains ingredients like Lanolin, Beeswax, and Avocado Oil (OH WOW! Things I can pronounce!) to help protect and restore your leather. Funny, the only thing you can't pronounce is the name of the product! HA! I joke, I love you Leder-BLAAAH.
Alright, now that all the players are introduced, let's get into it...here's my cleaning & conditioning routine, step by step!
Step 1: Get all your stuff! Not shown, but optional - Q-tips & a brown paper grocery bag. I'll tell you later.
|Effax Leder-Balsam, rags/towels, tack sponges, and a flathead screwdriver.|
I'd then use a leather CLEANER, to remove any other sweat, hair, dirt, etc that has found its way onto your tack. Wipe off thoroughly, theeeeen....
Step 3: Today I'll start off on this tack by removing all the metal pieces that I can...That means any and all conchos, brackets, etc. This tack is all put together by chicago screws, so easy peasy. Set them all aside, ain't nobody got time to clean oil out of those conchos, if it accidentally gets in there!
|Yeah I'm in my pajamas, sue me!|
|All the purdy conchos...|
Something I definitely wanted to mention about the conditioner I was raving about...it WILL darken leather a bit. Not a lot, but a bit. I like darker leather anyways, so this has never bothered me, but here's an example of the shade darker that it gets...
|Top - Before|
Bottom - After
Step 5: Once everything is coated, I stick it all in a brown paper grocery bag, and shove it in my closet for a couple days. This allows all the goop to be absorbed, and not affected too much by environment, being in that bag. Once it has sat, I pull everything out, and do all the steps over again...one more coat. I know! But your tack will thank me.
|As if you didn't know what leather in a bag looked like.|
Back in the bag it goes for another couple days.
Step 6: After what seems like months of waiting, I pull everything out of the bags, and use Q-tips to get any leftover goop out of the punched holes, big cracks, and crevices of the tooling. Handy! Here's a classy picture:
AAAAND you're done! Just go ahead and reassemble everything and haul it to the barn, praying it never gets dirty again.
The Horse Junkie
**NOT SPONSORED. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN, AND ALL TACK & CONCHOS WERE PURCHASED WITH MY OWN MONEY.**