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Leather Care Products


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Farnam Leather Products

Farnam Leather New

Farnam Leather New

Farnam Leather New

Use it after every ride! Makes leather look like new with a single application. Cleans, conditions and polishes in one easy step. Leather New saddle soap protects the texture and the color of leather making it supple with a polished finish.

473ml - $18 
950ml - $28
207ml Foam$15


Farnam Leather New Deep Conditioner

A deep conditioner, replenisher and restorer, perfect for use when extra conditioning is needed, including at the beginning and end of the season. It is also excellent when 'breaking-in' a new saddle.

Penetrates quickly and deeply to moisturize deep down, restores softness and pliability, leaves no greasy residue, won't harm stitching, resists and inhibits mold and mildew, will not rub off on clothing and contains no silicones, waxes or petroleum distillates.

475ml - $19
950ml - $30


Leather Therapy Products

Leather Therapy Wash

Safely and effectively deep cleans the toughest grime without hardening or darkening leather. Concentrated micro suds lift out embedded dirt leaving leather clean and soft. Environmentally sound. Also cleans fleece and other natural fibers.

473ml - $22

Leather Therapy Restorer and Conditioner

Closely resembles the natural moisturizers that once kept hide supple. Conditions "from the inside out". Protects leather from drying sun, wind, moisture and mildew. Will not harm stitching or metal. 

473ml - $22

Leather Therapy Finish

A flexible, durable, water repellent surface coating. Dries to a rich mellow sheen. Can be used on all colors of leather. Perfect for that extra show ring touch or to add zip to shoes.

237ml - $15 One Left

Leather Therapy Water Repellent

Water & Soil protection for leather, suede & nubuck. Protects from water, slush, mud and salt. Will not change color, feel or breathability of leather or fabric. No silicone, waxes, oils or hydrocarbons.

237ml - $32 Limited Quantities
59ml- $9 One left


Bickmore Leather Products

Because We Care
Leather is expensive, therefore it is understandable that people want to protect their investment. With proper care, leather goods should endure for many years.
Without it, even the finest leather can be forever ruined. 

"We have created the Bickmore line to ensure the longevity of your leather goods. They will protect your investment and extend the life of your leather. As leather goods are worn, many of the essential oils added by the tanners wear away. Without care, drying, cracking and/or hardening of the leather will occur. Consistent and long-term care is essential to the longevity of your leather goods."

Bick 1 Leather Cleaner

Bick 1 is a balanced blend of cleaning agents that aggressively cleans smooth finish leather safely and effectively. It has been proven to remove soil, grease, spur marks and most food and ink stains. When applied to the leather item, the foaming action lifts the dirt and stains out of the leather allowing it to be wiped away.

59ml - $7 limited #
236ml - $19


Bick 4 Leather Conditioner

Bick 4 received its name because it does 4 important jobs. It cleans, conditions, polishes, and acts as a water repellant. It is because of these four things that makes Bick 4 ideal for keeping leather soft and supple while preventing the leather from drying and cracking. It is effective on all smooth finish leathers, including exotics. Bick 4 is a wax and silicone free product that will not seal pores of leather thereby allowing the leather to breathe. BIck 4 will not darken any colorfast leather or deteriorate the stitching, as it does not contain animal fats or caustic chemicals.

Bick 4 leaves no oily residue therefore it is safe to use on leather boots, shoes, bags, purses, saddles, jackets, saddles, belts, furniture and other smooth finish leather products and exotic skins.

236ml - $19
473ml - $27


Bickmore Apache Cream

Removes scuff marks and restores oiled leathers to their original tones and textures.

118ml - $22 

Boot Stretch Pump

Stretches boots while walking. Softens stiff leather making stiff boots more comfortable. Use on smooth or suede leathers. Can also be used with boot stretchers. Pump spray bottle.

118ml - $19

Bick 5

A complete leather care product. Very easy to use, sprayer bottle. Product will condition and clean. It also polishes and protects without leaving any residue.

500 ml - $30

Lexol Leather Products

Lexol Leather Cleaner

Lexol leather cleaner deep cleans with a powerful foaming action. It is concentrated to get embedded dirt and grime out of hard to reach crevices and tooling. Rinses easily, leaving leather healthy, supple, able to breathe. A safe blend of cleaners with no waxes or additives to build-up and clog pores. Lexol actually helps prolong useful life by being balanced to the same pH as leather. Contains no harsh ingredients that can damage, discolor or dull leather like alkaline saddle soaps do. Allows follow up treatment with Lexol Leather Conditioner or Neatsfoot dressing while leather is still damp.

500ml spray - $19.99
1l - $20.99
25 Qick Wipes - $13.99


Lexol Leather Conditioner

Lexol provides vital lubrication to keep leather soft while maintaining its strength, durability and beauty. Microscopically fine oil droplets penetrate to combine with the fibers and stay there. This controlled lubrication lets Lexol nourish and revitalize while avoiding seepage into adjacent materials. Lexol renews the rich luster of leather, assuring a smooth satin finish while restoring the supple, comfortable feel. What's more, it gives immediate protection to wet or dry leather - without ever leaving an oily residue.

500ml spray - $19.99
1l - $20.99
25 Quick Wipes - $13.99


Horse Amour Bit Wipes

Clean your bits without concern for damaging bridle leather by using Horse Amour Bit Wipes. The bonus; your horses soon learn that bitting can be a treat and will actually reach for the bits. these wipes are gentle and very refreshing (triple distilled human grade peppermint is used). Great for wiping the muzzle and dock as well as dirty fingers and faces of dirty riders. 

Available in Peppermint and Apple

40 wipes per cannister: $23.99


Instant Boot Shine

A must have!

Available in black, brown and neutral. Covers scuffs and scratches while instantly shining shoes and boots. Perfect for before a business meeting or before entering the show ring, this unique formula won't evaporate, collect dust or rub off on clothing. It also does not require any applicator or buffing brushes.



Tack Cleaning Tips from The Horse

Riders put their tack through a lot of abuse. The dirt, sweat and horse slobber that saddles and bridles are subjected to in their daily use can break down the leather and stitching over time. While few riders have the time to give their tack a thorough cleaning after every ride, it's important to make sure you don't let the dirt get out of hand.

Leather cleaners and conditioners are available at most department stores, auto parts stores and of course, your favorite tack shop. Read on to learn about the ingredients that go into most cleaners and conditioners.

Daily Care

If you take a few steps to get rid of some of the superficial dirt after each ride, it will save you time and effort when you do attempt a major cleaning.

Make sure you keep your tack dry. Mold thrives on damp leather.

After you take off your horse's bridle, wipe off the bit with a clean rag or towel. Some riders dunk the mouthpiece of the bit into the horse's water bucket to rinse it off, but this is not as effective, and can subject the leather part of the bridle to regular soaking if you're not careful. Cleaning the bit after each use will prevent the caked-on, dried slobber that can be a challenge to scrape off. A clean bit is also more pleasant for your horse to wear.

Many riders like their horses to work the bit in their mouths. The resulting foam around the mouth is often considered a sign that the horse has accepted the bit. However, when that saliva reaches the leather bridle, it can be damaging. Water weakens leather if it has a chance to soak in. Dried saliva can attract dirt, which will wear away at the leather, or it may cause mold over time. If your horse is a drooler, make sure that you wipe down the reins and cheekpieces near the bit on your bridle after each ride.

Similarly, if you've given your horse a solid workout or the weather is warm and your horse has worked up a sweat, be sure to at least wipe down any part of your tack that contacts the horse's body. Generally a saddle pad will protect the underside of your saddle, but take the time to check. Sweat and the dirt it brings with it can cause irreparable damage to your tack.

Horses tend to sweat in the girth area even if they don't break a sweat anywhere else, so it's a good idea to make wiping off your girth after each ride a regular habit.

Thorough Cleaning

Unbuckle every buckle to give your tack a thorough cleaning.

If you compete with your horse, you already know that it's important to give your tack a thorough cleaning before you enter the show ring. Though the condition of your tack alone probably won't change the outcome of the class, judges do notice which exhibitors take the time to put that extra polish on their appearance.

Regular conditioning can help prevent leather from cracking, but too much can weaken your tack.

However, if you don't compete, it's still important to take the time to clean and condition your tack. Dirt, sweat, dust and damp weather can damage your tack if left unchecked, and the last thing you want is tack that fails when you're on a trail ride miles away from home.

When you can commit the time to a thorough cleaning, you'll need to unbuckle each and every buckle. If you've used your bridle on the same horse for a long time, there will probably be a crease in the leather at the hole where the buckle goes. However, if the tack is relatively new or if you adjust it frequently, you may want to count the holes to where the buckle was set and write it down so that you know you're putting the bridle back to the correct adjustment.

Start by wiping off any excess dirt from the surface of the leather. Then use a damp—not wet—sponge or cloth to work your soap into the leather. Small tack sponges, available inexpensively at any tack shop, are

Apply conditioner after cleaning while the leather is still slightly damp.

ideal because they are soft and non-abrasive, and small enough to get into all areas of the tack. Make sure you concentrate on the areas around the buckles and the folds in the leather by the reins and in your stirrup leathers. Wipe off any excess soap residue with a damp cloth.

Before your tack is fully dry, work in a conditioner or leather oil to keep the leather supple and prevent it from drying and cracking. Many riders overuse oil with the intention of preventing the tack from drying out. There is such thing as too much oil, and over-conditioning your tack can make it flimsy. Avoid getting oil around the stitching on your saddle as it can rot away the thread over time, leaving you with unsafe tack and costly repairs.

Use a toothbrush to make sure no soap residue remains in the tooling.

If you have a western saddle with decorative tooling in the leather, you'll need to take some extra time to clean it properly. Using a soapy sponge can leave residue in the tooling. Some riders choose instead to use a toothbrush to provide a thorough cleaning.

Besides just getting your gear clean, a thorough cleaning is a great time to check your tack for problems. Most wear and tear on your tack occurs at the buckles or where the leather folds back in a loop, like where your bit connects to your bridle, so be sure to check for cracks and tears. Conditioning can help prevent leather from cracking, but it can't repair tack that is already damaged. If you find serious tears in your tack, it may be time to repair or replace it.

Tack kept in damp conditions will often grow mildew and mold.

Mold and Mildew

In a perfect world all tack rooms would be climate-controlled with dehumidifiers running full-time to protect leather from mold-friendly moisture. In the real world, damp weather in less-than-ideal storage situations means mold and mildew are a reality for many riders. Moldy leather has a white or greenish powdery substance on it. If left for a long time or in especially damp conditions, the mold can take root and cause serious damage.

If your tack is a victim of mold, dilute rubbing alcohol with water in a 1:1 ratio. Dampen a cloth with the mixture and wipe down the affected areas. Condition the leather afterwards and make sure you let your tack dry completely before putting it away, especially if you expect to store it for a while. Be sure to clean your moldy tack in a well-ventilated area so that you don't have to inhale a heavy concentration of mold spores.

Leslie Potter

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