Poll

A Clean Slate

How often do you wipe down your tack after riding?

Always
28%
245
Occasionally
50%
434
Weekly
10%
84
Never
11%
99

Total votes cast: 862

Comments & Write-in Answers

Never for riding, but always after driving

1/17/2011 5:47:06 PM

After wiping down my horse, I wipe down my tack. Especially hate dirty bits and girths.

1/17/2011 2:56:05 PM

Take it apart and clean it each time

1/16/2011 10:42:42 PM

deep clean 2 x's a season unless in rain or mud

1/16/2011 3:05:15 PM

Bridle & girth, always; saddle 2-3 times /week; riding 5 days/week

1/16/2011 1:38:06 PM

I was trained in England to do more!

1/16/2011 1:41:49 AM

I wipe the bit every time

1/15/2011 7:39:22 PM

I have harness horses and bio harness very easy

1/15/2011 7:22:08 PM

Depends on the weather - when it's muddy I wipe it down after every ride

1/15/2011 3:16:41 PM

I figure I wipe it off pretty good with my rear!

1/14/2011 1:53:47 PM

I have very expensive tack;I keep it for many years,just how I was trained as a youngster

1/14/2011 12:49:56 PM

Guilty of letting my tack go for way too long!!

1/14/2011 9:27:35 AM

It depends on how often & where i ride. Always with non-glicerin, non-silicon products

1/14/2011 3:14:45 AM

I rinse or scrub the junk off the bit and wipe down all the leather.

1/13/2011 8:32:06 PM

It is pretty close to never. Cordura-leather headstalls regularly

1/13/2011 6:19:11 PM

Maybe 3 times a week if not in winter

1/13/2011 5:51:15 PM

or if it gets rained or mud on it

1/13/2011 4:19:46 PM

I use synthetic tack

1/13/2011 2:54:18 PM

Live in AZ (dry, hot) - vacuum off dust mo., clean & oil leather

1/13/2011 1:00:13 PM

I wipe it down alot right after I clean it, then less & less until it's filthy and I clean it again.

1/13/2011 12:25:20 PM

have expensive leather saddle (replacement cost >5k). Bridle not so often.

1/13/2011 11:07:06 AM

Clean tack before horse shows only

1/13/2011 9:11:34 AM

Cleaning tack allows you to evaluate its condition

1/12/2011 9:28:27 PM

Do the bridle more often

1/12/2011 5:09:05 PM

Always for my bit. It gets washed. Not so often the leather bits.

1/12/2011 4:57:31 PM

every time, of course!

1/12/2011 4:55:32 PM

once a monthh

1/12/2011 4:51:30 PM

I use biothane and have a wintec saddle. much easier to keep clean

1/12/2011 3:58:31 PM

clean once a year

1/12/2011 3:43:57 PM

Depends upon weather-muddy stirrups!

1/12/2011 3:19:22 PM

I'm a tack fanatic & my good tack lasts forever!

1/12/2011 3:04:21 PM

I should do it more often, but unfortunately I don't!

1/12/2011 1:53:20 PM

my tack still looks new! I use sheepskin wraps on the leathers as well!

1/12/2011 1:25:14 PM

clean tack is safe tack--I don't like tack failure surprises when it is easily preventable

1/12/2011 12:37:43 PM

More so in hot weather to wipe off all that sweat.

1/12/2011 12:33:34 PM

Admittedly not often enough.

1/12/2011 12:14:28 PM

As needed plus spring and fall

1/12/2011 11:25:46 AM

When it starts to look grubby.

1/12/2011 11:09:59 AM

I'm more inclined to wipe it down before I ride: safety inspection

1/12/2011 10:50:19 AM

Saddles are expensive; I need to be better about caring for them...

1/12/2011 10:10:09 AM

Only when its obvious its been sweated on, wet or dirty

1/12/2011 9:59:47 AM

summer - every time; winter - every-other-time

1/12/2011 8:46:41 AM

I drive and a clean harness is imperitive

1/12/2011 8:26:59 AM

I always clean the bit but only clean the saddle as needed.

1/12/2011 8:19:49 AM

Probably should do it more than I do.

1/12/2011 7:51:06 AM

Bridle each time, martingale each time, saddle as necessary

1/12/2011 6:48:21 AM

once or twice a year, not often enough

1/12/2011 5:43:35 AM

I always clean it before a competition or training day.

1/12/2011 5:37:31 AM

Always clean bit but slack with saddle

1/12/2011 5:35:44 AM

The only tack I use is a nylon bitless bridle, cleaning is easy.

1/12/2011 1:34:53 AM

40 years of tack repair, clean with Kirke's Castile soap, avoid oil more than once a year

1/12/2011 12:15:46 AM

I realized that it only takes a few minutes and saves me from a long day of heavy cleaning later on

1/11/2011 11:24:11 PM

every ride!

1/11/2011 10:59:38 PM

each and every time I ride

1/11/2011 10:32:59 PM

Even if I only have a chance to damp wipe it, then clean/condition next time

1/11/2011 10:19:02 PM

More often in summer, less in winter, when there is less sweat.

1/11/2011 9:53:36 PM

I really know better, but show season is so crazy, I don't have time.

1/11/2011 9:31:22 PM

There should have been a fifth category: almost always, which I would have checked.

1/11/2011 9:15:15 PM

I clean my bridles & bits after each use. Saddles weekly .

1/11/2011 9:04:48 PM

I am trying to get better about this. I rarely clean my tack after I ride, except on a show week.

1/11/2011 8:33:54 PM

Weekly if I can or a very in-depth clean every 2.

1/11/2011 8:07:23 PM

or hardly ever...

1/11/2011 7:41:24 PM

depends on how muddy it is

1/11/2011 7:37:33 PM

depends on time of year and how often I am riding, summer, almost every time, winter maybe once a mo

1/11/2011 7:05:40 PM

I LOVE MY WINTEC SADDLE & BRIDLE. TOO EASY TO CLEAN!

1/11/2011 6:48:32 PM

I wipe my tack down every time I get out of the saddle

1/11/2011 6:40:45 PM

Every month or so, when it looks dirty, and always before showing

1/11/2011 6:34:30 PM

my tack is cordura. i wipe the bit after use, and the headstall goes in the machine when needed.

1/11/2011 6:21:09 PM

when it gets spattered with mud, wet, or dusty

1/11/2011 6:01:08 PM

not as often as I should

1/11/2011 5:56:56 PM

I rarely ride.

1/11/2011 5:54:25 PM

i always rinse the bit

1/11/2011 5:51:20 PM

Sweat/rain gets wiped off but if it's dry I'm lazy and don't do it.

1/11/2011 5:48:34 PM

If wipe donw means run over with cloth, then every time. If it means clean, then occasionally.

1/11/2011 5:44:52 PM

Only before an event

1/11/2011 5:37:11 PM

Rarely, and shame on me.

1/11/2011 5:18:51 PM

I prefer to use tack which is nice and clean

1/11/2011 5:12:09 PM

Every ride, that's how I was taught why change now?

1/11/2011 5:07:02 PM

I do it once in a while.

1/11/2011 5:04:35 PM

Bio-thane Rocks

1/11/2011 4:53:37 PM

Clean my tack almost everytime I ride. I love putting clean tack on my horse!

1/11/2011 4:53:26 PM

Not often enough . . .

1/11/2011 4:51:38 PM

my bridle is biothane and my saddle is equisuede

1/11/2011 4:51:13 PM

I completely clean all tack at the begining of the year and before parades

1/11/2011 4:43:15 PM

Should do it more often but I ride every day.

1/11/2011 4:40:05 PM

not as offten as i should.

1/11/2011 4:37:14 PM

I always use a clean saddle pad.

1/11/2011 4:37:12 PM

The fifteen minutes it takes to clean my tack after riding is built into my schedule.

1/11/2011 4:30:23 PM

After so many years it is habitual.

1/11/2011 4:27:29 PM

not as often as I should - depends on the dirt and weather

1/11/2011 4:24:07 PM

I rinse my bit after every ride and wipe sweat from my bridle, breast collar & girth.

1/11/2011 4:18:46 PM

more often in the summer.

1/11/2011 4:17:59 PM

vary by ride condition preoil if rain threatens and wipe dry. dame w sweat, dust. store on rack

1/11/2011 4:17:26 PM

A quick wipe every day with a damp cloth and every couple of weeks a good cleaning with a leather ca

1/11/2011 4:11:51 PM

Only when needed

1/11/2011 4:09:51 PM

1x yr

1/11/2011 4:04:45 PM

After every ride I wipe all the tack down and clean the bit. Since I do long trail rides I can check

1/11/2011 3:59:42 PM

Clean tack about twice a year

1/11/2011 3:59:10 PM

its hard to find the time- I am normally squeezing in ride time as it is

1/11/2011 3:58:41 PM

I'm too busy cleaning the horse to worry about the tack (he's a grey, nearly white). Tack is later.

1/11/2011 3:56:16 PM

I only clean or wipe it when it is dirty.

1/11/2011 3:55:26 PM

Here in the Northwest mold is our enemy and keeping tack clean helps prevent it.

1/11/2011 3:52:20 PM

One must be diligent!

1/11/2011 3:49:33 PM

Wiping down tack with a damp microfiber cloth keeps the grit and grime from becoming imbedded.

1/11/2011 3:48:46 PM

only when it's been raining on us

1/11/2011 3:47:46 PM

wipe it? all the time. thorough cleaning? once every couple weeks. :)

1/11/2011 3:41:58 PM

There are actually riders who don't? Gross.....

1/11/2011 3:38:18 PM

lobor of love is now just labor

1/11/2011 3:37:31 PM

I should probably be more diligent - maybe it will be my New Year's resolution!

1/11/2011 3:36:42 PM

When needed.

1/11/2011 3:36:31 PM

gets cleaned 2-3 times a year

1/11/2011 3:35:13 PM

Never wipe down - Clean 2 times a year

1/11/2011 3:30:46 PM

I wipe it down once or twice a month.

1/11/2011 3:28:49 PM

When dust and/or dirt are visible

1/11/2011 3:27:01 PM

If its very sweaty or muddy I wipe down, otherwise not.

1/11/2011 3:23:53 PM

It's just easier to keep up with it

1/11/2011 3:20:58 PM

almost every time if i can. ive had the same saddle for 30 years and it still looks great.

1/11/2011 3:20:38 PM

I know I should, but:

1/11/2011 3:18:42 PM

I used to do it every time I rode, but now I use synthetic tack and wash it only a few times a year!

1/11/2011 3:05:46 PM

I ride bareback

1/11/2011 3:02:14 PM

I clean tack after every use...that means almost every day!

1/11/2011 2:53:48 PM

I'd like to say always, but.....

1/11/2011 2:53:01 PM

Before show or lesson.

1/11/2011 2:39:09 PM

I give it a wipe before untacking after a ride. It gets a good "do" about four times a year.

1/11/2011 8:49:55 AM