Saddle Care

Close up image of an Aurora saddle's leatherwork

Every Barnsby saddle is made from the finest quality leather and will give you many, many years of excellent service, if properly cared for.

Leather is a natural material and requires care and attention if it is to give lasting and safe use. Dry, brittle and rotting leather will eventually crack without warning and could be the cause of a major accident.

Your saddle is made of skin and a simple rule is to treat it as you would your own skin. Feed lightly from the reverse side of the leather not the top grain side, protect from extremes of temperature.

To get the most from your Barnsby saddle, please pay attention to the following guidelines:

  • Refrain from oiling your saddle until it is adequately broken in.
  • Barnsby recommend that you clean (not oil) your tack each time after use. Initially wipe clean with a damp cloth only to remove excess dirt.
  • We recommend that you use Barnsby's glycerine saddle soap on a regular basis. This will help both to soften and condition your saddle.
  • When oiling, one should use a neatsfoot oil, or similar leather dressing, always remember to do so sparingly.
  • Tack for storage should be well cleaned and then rubbed over with a thin coat of leather dressing.
  • Barnsby strongly advise against riding in jeans with raised inner seams as this will damage the soft calfskin leather in the seat of your Barnsby saddle. This will also invalidate your warranty.

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