Quick Boot Clean Up

Some think that the more attention spent on cleaning one's boots, the better the care. Not true! Over-cleaning actually strips the finish and colour from fine boots -- particularly those made with European calf. The best method for cleaning on an every-day basis is simply a HOSING OFF. One of the worst thing to do for boots is a WIPE OFF -- that actually grinds into the leather whatever the dirt is -- a sand arena, for example -- and will scratch. Hose them off with water and take a wipe on those extra salty or dirty parts. At the end of the day, a good old-fashioned buff with a rag - like a shoe-shine you might get in the streets of Chicago, is the best last step with a leather milk or wa

Breaking in New Boots

Getting new boots is very exciting -- and can be painful! Those of you who know me, know that I re-condition saddles, treat new tack to prepare for use, as well as measure and fit custom boots. With all that, I am also very interested in how leather behaves over time and what we can do to be sure it stays strong and supple. The state of boots: Most fine leather boots are now being made with softer leather and are meant for a stretch-to-fit allowance and incorporating "the drop." Boots are also being made in leaner silouhettes and with zippers in back, side or wrap around. Break-in isn't nearly as bad as it what once was, but still ouchy, particularly behind the heel/ankle and behind the

Show Coat Laundry Guide

If you have bought a show coat this year, you were probably told that it can be washed -- in the washer. Some of you say - how can that be??? Well it can be and it is -- here's how. My favourite coats (and those featured at EQ) are Cavalleria Toscana, Sarm Hippique, Winston Equestrian, Asmar Equestrian, Schockemohle Sports, and Kerrits Affinity. They are all indeed washable and best if you have a front-loading washer (though not impossible if you don't). The best way to wash a show coat: Turn coat inside out Place in a lingerie (mesh) bag Wash on gentle, low suds, on cold -- try using Micro Wash from Hey -- preferably in a front-loading washer (top loaders have the center agitator which in

 

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