Once you have purchased all your equipment, you will also need to think about equipping yourself with the necessary equipment for the maintenance of your goods. This will, of course, depend on the material your equipment is made of, leather will require more maintenance than synthetic and you will also need to equip yourself with products specifically made for leather or synthetic depending on what you have.
What do you need to have to maintain your equestrian equipment?
The maintenance is relatively simple. You will mainly use water and leather cleaner/soap, you will also need a leather conditioner and some tack sponges. From time to time you can use oil to nourish the leather and so keep the material with good flexibility and color like new.
How often will you need to clean your equipment?
For daily use
The cleaning of the equipment should be done after each use, at least this is the best thing to do to keep equipment like new year after year but also to have better comfort for your horse. Doing a simple cleaning after each use with just soap and water also allows you to get to know your equipment better and to detect where the wear is most present.
If cleaning after each use is not possible, weekly cleaning will be a minimum if you use your equipment every day.
For occasional use a few times a month
If you show your horse once or twice a week and cannot clean every time, cleaning once a month will be imperative. You will also need to untie your equipment to clean the accumulated dirt.
For rare use
If you rarely use your equipment, it is still necessary to clean it so that the leather does not deteriorate.
Depending on the environment and the weather
Of course, the frequency of cleaning and the time to devote to it will also depend on what you do with your horse. If you go for walks in the forest, the likelihood of accumulating mud is greater, if you ride in summer, sweating will be a problem, in this case, so clean your equipment accordingly.