General saddle pad cleaning instructions
The outer shell of the CSI Saddle Pad is made from marine grade automotive carpet so it’s very durable. Simply brush it off with a rubber fingered brush — or use a lint brush or vacuum to remove loose dirt and debris. (You can clean your rubber brush with Dawn dish soap or rubbing alcohol to bring life back into the fingers).
To remove your liner, always grasp the Velcro strap and pull straight out. Your insert is also reversible, so when it becomes worn, you can turn it inside out and keep using it (just be sure to clean it thoroughly first). When replacing the liner, it is always easiest to start from the back of the pad by putting your finger through the back hole of the pad and then marrying it with the liner.
Remember to treat your wear leathers like all your leather goods — clean and oil them when you clean and oil your other tack. Oiling your wear leathers will keep them soft and supple and extend their life. We recommend Renapur as it makes the leather water resistant in addition to cleaning and oiling it. Also be sure to clean off all the hair underside of your pad (behind the wear leather, where the cinch cut out in your liner is located).
Our 100% all natural wool liners are just that — 100% all natural and the bits of vegetative matter in the material are what was on the sheep when it was sheared of its fleece. Since we use needled wool instead of pressed wool, the wool never goes through a harsh cleaning process so the vegetative matter remains in the finished product. Simply pluck it out.
It is very important to keep your wool liner clean for the health of your horse. The easiest way to clean your liner is to use a rubber pet hair/lint brush. After you ride and have allowed your liner to dry completely, brush the dirt, sweat and hair off the insert with the brush. Be sure to be gentle so you don’t damage the wool. When your liner needs deep cleaning, we suggest you use a garden hose from the opposite side of the dirt (imagine the water flowing through the liner and pushing the dirt out of the wool) and then using a wet/dry vac from the horse side to dry the liner to add the loft of the wool back in. Allow your liner to dry in the open air and sunlight to kill bacteria.
It is recommended that you deep clean your liner and reverse it each spring and fall to extend the life of the wool.
Please note: If you live in a sandy environment, it is critical that you keep your pad clean and brush your horse before you ride to remove grit. Also remember that riding with a dirty saddle pad is like wearing dirty socks, the retained sweat in the wool can cause the pad to become stiff and uncomfortable.