Correct Saddle Care

Every quality product requires particularly good care in order to preserve its high quality and functional properties for as long as possible. Passier Saddles should therefore be cleaned thoroughly with saddle soap at regular intervals, according to frequency of use. Sweat is one of leather’s greatest enemies; it draws moisture from the leather and makes it dry and brittle. The use of functional fabrics for riding wear exposes the leather to greater strain – through the direct wicking away of moisture from the rider. Cleaned saddles should be treated with Passier Lederbalsam at least every five days to maintain the suppleness of the leather. In order to protect the quality leather, and avoid any additional damage, please use Passier Saddle Soap and Passier Lederbalsam exclusively.

Here you can find the guidlines for the correct saddle care (pdf 5,7 MB).

1. Preparation
It is best to place the saddle on a saddle stand. This way all parts to be cleaned are easily accessible.

2. Cleaning of the outer side
Moisten sponge with saddle soap and water and start by cleaning the seat and small saddle flaps.

3. Cleaning of the saddle flaps
Clean the saddle flaps on both sides of the saddle as well as the area beneath the small saddle flaps and the stirrup bar.

4. Cleaning between the saddle flaps
And now hold the saddle flap upwards so as to clean the underside, the supports, billet flaps.

5. Cleaning of the sweat flaps
Now the billet flaps and billets are turned upwards and the sweat flap is cleaned on both sides from above.

6. Cleaning of the underside
Afterwards turn the saddle over again and wipe thoroughly with a sponge. This part is often forgotten …

7. Drying of outer side
After cleaning with saddle soap and water, dry the saddle thoroughly starting from the outer side and working inwards.

8. Drying between the saddle flaps
Subsequently wipe dry the supports, billet flaps and sweat flap with the cloth.

9. Drying of the underside
Here the same applies: Do not forget the underside of the saddle!

10. Care with Passier Lederbalsam
Lederbalsam is to be applied to the clean, dry saddle using a good quality brush which will not shed hairs.

11. Care of the seat
Here, once again, it is best to begin with the care of the seat, applying Lederbalsam evenly with the brush.

12. Care of the outer side
A thin coat of balsam is to be applied carefully to the small saddle flaps as well as the large saddle flaps.

13. Care between the saddle flaps
The same applies to the underside of the saddle flaps, the billet flaps and the supports.

14. Care of the sweat flaps
Afterwards balsam is to be applied to the smooth leather of the sweat flaps – on both sides.

15. Care of the underside
Finally the saddle is to be turned over so that Lederbalsam can be applied to the underside.

16. Absorption time
Allow approx. 15 minutes for Passier Lederbalsam to be absorbed into the leather.

17. Finishing touch to the outer side
Using a woolen cloth, now wipe over the saddle in order to remove any Lederbalsam residue.

18. Finishing touch between the saddle flaps
Any Lederbalsam between the saddle flaps which has not been absorbed is also to be removed using a woolen cloth.

19. Finishing touch to the underside
Subsequently the saddle is to be turned over in order to remove any remaining Lederbalsam from the underside.

20. Care of the billets
Now wrap the woolen cloth around the billets and pull it over the leather in order to remove any Lederbalsam residue.

21. Ready!
With this perfect care system a Passier saddle can accompany a horse and a rider for an entire lifetime!

22. Well-protected
Use the Passier saddle cover to protect the saddle against dust in the tack room!

You get a free Passier Ripstop Saddle Cover when purchasing a new Passier saddle with PS saddle tree.