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Always store your leather Australian horse tack items in a place that isn't subject to moisture and humidity—this will help keep mildew and mold at bay. It's in your best interest to use a bridle bag or even a saddle cover to store the tack in—this will deter dirt and grime from resting on the items and provoking mold growth. Mildew and mold can cause your leather equipment to crack and peel or even fall apart. If you don't have a spare saddle or bridle bag to keep your tack on and don't have the extra cash to spend on one, have no fear, you can make your own!
Do you have an old pillowcase? Place your bridles and halters in the pillowcase and hang it right on the bridle rack. Similarly, you can also use a pillowcase to cover your saddle when it is not in use.
If you notice drenching or mold on your leather tack, don't panic. It is likely salvageable, especially if the equipment was properly cared for in the past. To save it, first move the tack to a dry place that is not subject to humidity. Next, take a damp cloth and do your best to get rid of all excess water and mold. Throughout this process you should frequently rinse the cloth off to prevent transfer of bacteria from one piece of equipment to another.
Use a good amount of saddle soap and a sponge to scrub the leather down. You should use enough soap that the leather becomes sudsy. Rub the soap in well then wipe off any excess. To finish the job, put a good application of leather oil on the goods.