Best Horse Tack Care in 2020



Bickmore Saddle Soap Plus - Leather Cleaner & Conditioner with Lanolin - Restorer, Moisturizer, and Protector Review:


Bought this saddle soap to bring life back into some dusty a$$-looking Coach booties I found on Poshmark. It works really well, sinks into all the pores and nooks and creases, and all the wrinkles and scuffs on this beautiful buttery leather are now all but gone. Granted, I'm definitely applying some mink oil afterwards to amp up the gloss factor and moisturize them even further, but this is a great start, and I highly recommend it as a first step to bringing your fine leather goods back from the dead.

THAT BEING SAID, it does not smell good, to put it nicely. So I'd also recommend getting some disposable nitrile gloves or something so your hands aren't all stanked-up after using this.



Bickmore Saddle Soap Plus - Leather Cleaner & Conditioner with Lanolin - Restorer, Moisturizer, and Protector Review:


i use this to clean my leather work boots, i work in an auto parts store delivering parts, so i get all the usual dirt and grime plus industrial grease and old motor oil etc. this gets rid of almost all of it, i still have an oil spot visible on the right boot, and because I use a rag instead of a shoe brush i still get dirt stuck between crevasses by the toes where the leather creases when i walk. and sometimes if i go a long time between cleaning i have to clean them twice. thats the biggest problem i have with this stuff, if there's too much dirt it doesn't really remove it, just rubbs the dirt around all over the shoe. i dont even mean caked on dirt like running through mud or loose dirt like a construction site, so 'too much' doesn't mean a lot.
so for best results i take a damp rag and wipe off as much dirt as i can, then i take another damp rag and load it up with this soap and scrub one boot thoroughly, there should be suds. then i rinse the rag in hot water sqeezing it until the water squeezes out clear, then load it with more soap and scrub the other boot. after cleaning i wipe the suds off with another clean damp rag and let them dry, they usually take a couple of hours to dry. there's discoloration but as long as you clean the whole shoe it will all be an even color, and ive looked at reviews of lots of shoe/leather cleaners and haven't found one that doesn't cause a little discoloration so no big deal.
overall not a bad product, its just more of a process than id like



Fiebing's 100% Pure Neatsfoot Oil - Natural Leather Preserver - For Boots, Baseball Gloves, Saddles and More - 16 oz Review:


I have been looking for years for a product that will make hard leather in a ca soft again. I am simply amazed at the results of the results that I got from using this product. My leather was hard and damaged in a car I bought and I tried everything with limited results. Then I bought this product. I put on some gloves and slathered it on everywhere paying close attention to the creases and sewing joints and left it sit overnight. It had mostly all soaked in. I repeated the process for for three more days massaging in the product with my knuckles and palms (good therapy!). I simply could not believe my eyes. The leather is now soft and supple. No longer tight and actually showing the ruched (gathered) original detail. I am sold and already bought my second quart bottle. I fully recommend this product for the purpose I used it.



Bickmore Gard-More Water & Stain Repellent 5.5oz- Leather Protector and Suede Protector Waterproofing Spray Guard for Boots, Shoes, Clothing, Hats, Jackets & More Review:


So I got this in both the aerosol and non aerosol spray to see which was easier and more Efficent to apply. I will definitely say the aerosol can is easier to apply. I purchased this as an alternative to Apple Gard spray as it’s not available and I wanted to protect my high end luxury handbags and backpacks.

It applied really easily and without any discoloration or darkening on several different types of materials an colors. I own fabric, leather and suede and I tried it on all of them. Like I said they did not affect any of the color or textures. This spray is silicone free which is also what the apple one is and that is said to be why it’s oretty safe for many fabrics.

All that being said I’m pretty impressed so far! It dries super quickly after applied and unlike many other Protestants that tell you that you should let it sit for 24hrs or so, the label on this says to let it rest for only an hour. And I will say it was pretty much dry in 15 minutes or so. I applied two coats and the water beads right off. Even when you wipe it it stays really dry. I have yet to test out it’s stain repelling properties as I obviously don’t want to splash anything other then water on my bags on purpose but I’ll gladly report on my findings in the future. Overall I’m really impressed so far and like this better then any other Protestants I’ve tried. (I’ve tried scotchgard, ugg protectant, and kiwi brand)



Fiebing's Golden Mink Oil Leather Preserver, 6 oz - Waterproofs, Preserves and Conditions Leather and Vinyl Review:


I've used mink oil in the past to soften and water proof my leather work boots which I have used for many years. My work boots still look good and I can clean the dirt off of them easily. I purchased Fiebing's Golden Mink Oil to soften, waterproof and protect my favorite, leather, everyday shoes and it worked wonderfully. Mink Oil will darken the color of leather, so it's best to pick the shoes that you don't mind being darker in color. It's just like putting a sealer on wood which darkens the wood. I rub the oil into the leather with my fingers and let the shoes dry naturally. Sometimes I will apply 2 or more layers of oil. My work boots had lots of layers of mink oil on them before I started wearing them. The final effect on my oiled shoes is excellent protection from water, soil and snow. The oil, if rubbed into the shoe stitching will also help the stitching last longer. The shoes will wear and keep their good looks a lot longer.



Fiebings Neatsfoot Pure Oil-Quart Review:


This oil made an absolutely amazing difference in some misshapen, dried out saddlebags on a 1998 Harley Davidson. I've treated a lot of my leather goods with many different kinds of oils and products and I have never seen such a change. I poured the oil onto in into the saddlebags and rubbed around until it stopped being readily absorbed which took two or three applications a day for approximately three days. Now the saddlebags are supple, waterproof and by and large the shape has been restored as they've been properly hydrated. I'm so pleased I can hardly stand it because I was absolutely convinced this was a last ditch effort prior to buying some new bags. I really wish I had taken before and after pictures because the change is so marked. I didn't think it would be worth it because I never expected results like this. This is amazing and I can't recommend it enough. I don't even think I'll have to use the docs leather dye that I bought, so much of the color has been restored. I have half a container left after the two saddlebags and the tank bib. There is a slight odor to the oil but that would not deter me given the results.



Fiebing's White Saddle Soap, 12 Oz. - Cleans, Softens and Preserves Leather Review:


It wasn't until my beautiful, two-tone leather shoes were horribly grungy that I realized that maybe I should be doing some regular maintenance on them. Worried that I had damaged them beyond saving, I did some research to see how you could clean leather shoes (I accurately assumed that regular soap and water was a no-no). For the first time in my life, I heard of "saddle soap". I bought Fiebing's and crossed my fingers. Wow, did it work miracles! Take a look at my before and after shots - this is the effect after just the cleaning, nothing else. They are now ready for polish, waxing, and regular maintenance from now on.

The jar is so much bigger than you realize. Unless you have actual saddles to clean, this should last you for years.

Key Tip: Wait until your shoes dry before you try cleaning them again or assess the success. One of my shoes looked worse right after I had applied the saddle soap, but that was just because the worn leather was wet. It looked fine after it dried. :)