Storage

STORAGE To maintain leather integrity, optional storage conditions are essential. The tack room should be dry and a consistent room temperature with good ventilation is ideal. High temperatures will cause protective oils and moisture to be drawn out of the leather. It is also important to protect leather from direct sunlight and fluorescent light, as this can cause premature ageing and fading. Tack should ideally be stored off the ground, and saddles should be placed on saddle racks to preserve their shape. Using a saddle cover protects it from dust, debris and accidental scratches. However, do not use plastic or waterproof covers as they can encourage the ‘moist’ conditions which attract mould. A breathable saddle cover is preferable and cotton is ideal. If tack is not going to be used for some time, it should be carefully stored to preserve its condition. Leather straps are best stored flat so bridles and leathers should be taken to pieces and stored unbuckled. KO-CHO-LINE The leather should be thoroughly cleaned first but not conditioned. When completely dry, a protective barrier of KO-CHO-LINE should be applied, on both sides of the leather. This will protect from moisture, heat and mould. Buckles should also be coated to help prevent rust. Once KO-CHO-LINE has been applied, items should be wrapped in cotton fabric, such as an old pillowcase, and stored in the tack room or other suitable area. Items in storage should be periodically checked to ensure they are still in good condition. When the item is required for use again, thoroughly remove the protective grease with a cloth, then clean and condition as normal.