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How do I prevent mould growing on saddles and riding gear?
Regular cleaning and conditioning is the easiest way to prevent mould growth on saddle gear. Always store your gear in a dry, clean storage area and away from damp, humid areas that are ideal places for mould to harvest. It’s also a good idea to store your saddle in a breathable saddle bag once it’s cleaned to keep it clean. You should also dry down your gear after riding in the wet, to remove excess moisture.
How do I prepare my saddle for cleaning?
It is a good idea to place your saddle onto a saddle rack and strip the saddle of all fittings which includes stirrup leathers and breastplate. Remove the girth for English saddles and the stirrups, cinch strap and rear flank strap for western saddles. This will allow free access to all leather areas on the saddle. Gently brush down the saddle with a soft cloth or damp dowel to remove any dirt, hair or dust from the surface of the leather.