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Tack cleaners and conditioners that will bring shine to any tack room


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  • Saddles and bridles, as well as other leather tack items, such as girths or breastplates, are a real investment, so using the best saddle soaps and leather conditioners to keep them looking and feeling new is totally worth it.

    Saddle soaps, tack cleaners and conditioners come in a variety of forms, including solid soap bars, creams and sprays, but they all have a similar range of benefits, which ultimately extend the life of your tack. Saddle soaps and tack cleaners break down dirt and grease, while leather conditions and balsams nourish the leather and keep it feeling supple. Some products have a double action and condition as well as clean.

    It’s important to clean your tack regularly as leather in good condition is not only more comfortable for your horse, but is much safer and less likely to break. Tack cleaning is also a good opportunity to check all the stitching and metalwork is still in good order.

    Below is a selection of some of the best saddle soaps and tack cleaners (listed alphabetically), or you can jump down to the best leather conditioners

    Absorbine Horseman’s One Step

    Absorbine Horseman’s One Step

    Sizes: 425g | RRP: £11.12 |

    This all-in-one cream formula cleans and conditions your tack in one go. It penetrates leather to remove ground in dirt and sweat, and its lanolin-rich formula conditions and preserves to prevent cracking and drying out, keeping items soft and pliable with no sticky residue. It is suitable for use on natural or synthetic leather.

    In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk, equus.co.uk, naylors.com or elandlodge.com
    In the US? View now at chewy.com

    Albion natural leather soap

    Albion natural leather soap

    Sizes: 500ml | RRP: £24.54 |

    This mild vegetable-based soap enriched with glycerine delivers a superior clean, leaving leather beautifully supple and protected. It is pH neutral and free from damaging detergents and chemicals so will not strip the colour from your Albion leather products.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk

    Carr & Day & Martin Belvoir Step 1 tack cleaner spray

    Carr & Day & Martin Belvoir Step 1 tack cleaner spray

    Sizes: 500ml | RRP: £7.95 |

    This spray effectively cleans leather, removing dirt, grease and sweat with ease. It gently lifts ingrained grease, sweat and dirt, while having a pH-neutral formula will not rot stitching or over dry the leather. It leaves the perfect surface for the immediate application of a conditioning soap or oil.

    In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk, amazon.co.uk, equus.co.uk, naylors.com or elandlodge.com
    In the US? View now at amazon.com

    Cavalor leather soap

    Cavalor leather soap

    Sizes: 250ml, 500ml, 2l | RRP: £6.50 |

    This glycerin-based soap is a deep cleaner and should be applied after cleaning the dirt and grease from the leather to feed it and keep it soft and supple without losing strength.

    In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk

    Collegiate saddle soap

    Collegiate saddle soap

    Sizes: 360g | RRP: £14.25 |

    This soap effectively cleans, softens and rejuvenates all colours of smooth leather saddles and other leather tack.

    In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk

    Devoucoux Belharra leather soap best saddle soaps

    Devoucoux Belharra leather soap

    Sizes: 500ml | RRP: £15 |

    This glycerine leather soap from Devoucoux can be used daily to clean and protect the leather while giving it a beautiful appearance. 

    Farnam Leather New best saddle soaps

    Farnam Leather New

    Sizes: 473ml, 946ml | RRP: £12 for 473ml |

    This glycerine saddle soap softens and shines your leather. It removes embedded dirt and grime while replacing natural oils and dries to a long-lasting shine. It also helps to protect and preserves the colour and texture of leather without leaving a residue. Also available in a foam form

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk
    In the US? View now at chewy.com

    Leovet Leather Quick & Easy spray best saddle soaps

    Leovet Leather Quick & Easy spray

    Sizes: 250ml | RRP: £7.20 |

    This natural leather cleaning spray refreshes, protects and preserves by cleansing and removes dirt, helping to create a natural shine. It is petroleum free. 

    In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk

    Little Rider Total Care leather tack spray best saddle soaps

    Little Rider Total Care leather tack spray

    Sizes: 250ml | RRP: £5.99 |

    Great for young riders, this gentle leather spray helps to prevent mould and mildew growth, while the added glycerine keeps the leather soft and supple.

    In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk

    NAF Sheer Luxe Leather Cleanse & Condition best saddle soaps

    NAF Sheer Luxe Leather Cleanse & Condition

    Sizes: 500ml | RRP: £10.99 |

    This deep cleansing formula is easy to use and leaves a non-sticky natural finish. This NAF tack cleaner was reviewed as part of our independent testing scheme and scored 9/10read the full review.

    In the UK? View at viovet.co.uk, amazon.co.uk, naylors.com or elandlodge.com
    In the US? View at amazon.com

    Shires Ezi-Groom leather wipes best saddle soaps

    Shires Ezi-Groom leather wipes

    Sizes: Pack of 100 | RRP: £9.99 |

    This saddle soap comes in the form of a wipe, making it really easy to use and very convenient if you’re travelling, at a competition or just need to quickly freshen up your tack. 

    In the UK? View now at equus.co.uk, viovet.co.uk or amazon.co.uk

    Smart Grooming leather care spray best saddle soaps

    Smart Grooming leather care spray

    Sizes: 500ml | RRP: £9.95 |

    This easy-to-use spray leaves no residue or stickiness, but gives a beautiful shine and ensures the leather is kept soft and supple.

    In the UK? View now at equus.co.uk or rideawaystore.com

    Stübben liquid leather soap best saddle soaps

    Stübben liquid leather soap

    Sizes: 250g | RRP: £9.90 |

    This pH-neutral liquid saddle soap comes in a practical pump bottle and can be used on nearly any type of leather. 

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk or elandlodge.com

    Supreme Products soft leather soap

    Supreme Products soft leather soap

    Sizes: 450g | RRP: £9.80 |

    This soft leather soap can be used on all leather items to clean, soften, refresh and add shine – it is perfect for keeping show tack in pristine condition.

    In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk, equus.co.uk or rideawaystore.com

    Voltaire Hercules glycerine soap best saddle soaps

    Voltaire Hercules glycerine soap

    Sizes: 500ml | RRP: £15 |

    This natural glycerine soap from Voltaire contains mineral and vegetable wax and oils, beef oil and paraffin.

    Leather conditioners: what’s on the market?

    Albion natural leather balm

    Albion natural leather balm

    Sizes: 500ml | RRP: £26.78 |

    This rich and conditioning leather balm delivers nourishment and protection. It’s an authentic 200-year old Swiss formula originally developed to care for leather exposed to extreme conditions in challenging mountainous regions.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk

    Bates leather balsam

    Bates leather balsam

    Sizes: 90g | RRP: £11.99 |

    This quality wax-based leather balsam penetrates deeply into the leather of your saddle, creating a surface barrier to protect against wear, water, and sweat. 

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk

    Carr & Day & Martin Belvoir Step 2 tack conditioner spray 

    Carr & Day & Martin Belvoir Step 2 tack conditioner spray 

    Sizes: 500ml, 5l | RRP: £11.70 for 500ml |

    This conditioner spray is based on the original solid bar recipe and softens, preserves and shines leather. The clear conditioner is formulated with glycerine and coconut oil, for regular use with minimum effort. The glycerine fills and seals pores in the leather to form a barrier against salt, dirt, grease and water. Use after ‘Step 1’ Belvoir tack cleaner

    In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk, equus.co.uk, rideawaystore.com, naylors.com, elandlodge.com or amazon.co.uk
    In the US? View now at amazon.com

    Cavalor Leather Shine

    Cavalor Leather Shine

    Sizes: 20ml | RRP: £11 |

    This formula contains several oils, greases and waxes for intense leather care. It nurtures deeply, keeps the leather supple and adds a shine without making it slippery.

    In the UK? View at viovet.co.uk

    Collegiate leather cream

    Collegiate leather cream

    Sizes: 100ml | RRP: £5.75 |

    This cream adds condition and shine to saddles and other leather tack.

    In the UK? View at viovet.co.uk or rideawaystore.com

    Devoucoux Belharra leather balsam

    Devoucoux Belharra leather balsam

    Sizes: 500ml, 5l | RRP: £15 for 500ml |

    This Devoucoux balsam deeply nourishes, protects and renovates all types of leathers.

    Hewitts Luxury Dubbin

    Hewitts Luxury Dubbin

    Sizes: 100ml | RRP: £7.50 |

    This dubbin from Hewitts contains almond oil and natural waxes that replenish and enhance dried, worn leather. It is an ideal treatment for sports, equestrian, shooting and outdoor leathers and is suitable for use on greased leather, nubuck, oily leather and waxed leather.

    Jeffries natural leather care 

    Jeffries natural leather care 

    Sizes: 500ml | RRP: £12.95 |

    Formulated to maximise the longevity, safety and comfort of your saddlery, this natural fat-based leather dressing from Jeffries will help reduce wear, repel water, improve performance and comfort for you and your horse when used regularly.

    Leovet Leather Care Intensive

    Leovet Leather Care Intensive

    Sizes: 250ml | RRP: £12.49 |

    This natural leather care product cleans and creates a smooth, matt look, while also helping to waterproof the leather and protect against mould and mildew. It is ideal for use on riding boots.

    In the UK? View at viovet.co.uk

    Mother Bee leather balm

    Mother Bee leather balm

    Sizes: 150ml, 250ml | RRP: £10.99 for 150ml |

    This beeswax conditioner is suitable for all leather goods. It contains natural essential oils that along with the beeswax feeds and conditions the leather, adding shine and suppleness as well as extending your leather products lifecycle.

    In the UK? View at ebay.co.uk

    NAF Sheer Luxe Leather Balsam

    NAF Sheer Luxe Leather Balsam

    Sizes: 400g | RRP: £10.99 |

    This intensive conditioner is designed to penetrate and nourish tack, keeping it soft and supple. It comes with a free sponge inside for easy application.

    In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk, naylors.com, elandlodge.com or amazon.co.uk
    In the US? View now at amazon.com

    Rapide Leathergel

    Rapide Leathergel

    Sizes: 200ml | RRP: £6.95 |

    This gentle conditioner does not contain glycerine or alcohol and is not oil-based, but is a mix of beneficial waxes and lanolin, and uses demineralised water. Regular use of this conditioner will help prevent colour loss that can occur in modern more eco-friendly leathers.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk

    Smart Grooming Leather Luxe

    Smart Grooming Leather Luxe

    Sizes: 20g, 400g | RRP: £14.95 for 400g |

    Made from a blend of beeswax and essential oils, this product provides a tonic for dry and tired leather. When used regularly, it will ensure your leather is kept supple and in the best condition with a deep, lasting shine.

    In the UK? View at ebay.co.uk or equus.co.uk

    Stübben Hamanol leather care 

    Stübben Hamanol leather care 

    Sizes: 250g | RRP: £10.90 |

    This paraffin emulsion nourishes the leather without harming the fibre structure to keep it feeling soft while still staying strong.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk

    Voltaire Hercules leather balsam

    Voltaire Hercules leather balsam

    Sizes: 500ml | RRP: £15 |

    This handcrafted natural product from Volataire contains mineral oil, vegetable oil and beeswax and softens, nourishes and protects leather.


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    How often should tack be cleaned?

    It’s good practice to wipe over your tack after each use to help prevent build up of grease and dirt. In reality, it’s unlikely you’ll have time to give it a good clean that often, so you should aim to do a full clean of your tack once a week, especially if you’re riding regularly. It will be more comfortable for your horse, extend the life of your tack, and give you a chance to check for any disrepair.


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