Jeffries Showing Stirrup Leathers: Havana: 48 Inch X 3/4 Inch

The Jeffries Showing Stirrup Leathers are available in 36 or 48 inch
lengths. They are 18mm (3/4 inch) wide i.e. narrow and made of fine
leather with a nicely finished edge.

PLEASE NOTE: They are unsuitable for day to day horse
riding and are designed for use in the show ring only.

Care & Maintenance

Kitting out your horse or pony with tack and clothing can easily cost as
much as the animal itself with the saddle being the main investment.

Naturally most owners want to look after their equipment to ensure it is
comfortable for the horse and to get the best out of it so it lasts for
many years to come.

Looking After Leather

The correct care and maintenance of tack undoubtedly prolongs its life. 
Regular checks on the stitching and condition of the leather are also
essential for safety. 

All tack should be sponged off and wiped over after it has been used and
the bit washed, then dismantled once a week into component parts and
cleaned thoroughly to keep it in good order.

Daily Care 

Saddles and bridles should be cleaned after use whilst they are still
warm as the dirt is easier to remove.

Begin by rubbing over the leather with a damp towelling cloth or sponge
to remove any dirt, then work saddle soap into both sides of the
leather, paying special attention to any folds and bends.  A glycerine
based soap is considered the best for removing sweat and grease from the
surface of the leather.  Care should be taken that leather doesn’t
become too wet and soapy.

You should pay particular attention to the condition of the leather on
the reins, which may become worn and thin around the bit and also
inspect the billet, linings and the security of the hook stud.  Ensure
the girth straps and stirrup leathers are fit for purpose for safe and
secure riding.

Also check the stitching on the saddle and attend to any signs of wear
immediately before the tack becomes unsafe.

Metal work should be washed in warm water and dried carefully.  Metal
polish can be applied to give it a shine, but avoid using it on

If rubbers are used in the stirrup irons, remove them and wash and dry
them before replacing.

Girths made of webbing, string or nylon should be brushed off after use
and given a chance to dry and air.  Wash if necessary, but not in strong
soap powders or detergents which may cause a reaction.

Leather girths should be inspected for any signs of wear and check the
stitching around the buckle area, also check any elastic inserts for
wear.  Always clean regularly so as to keep your girth soft and supple. 
This will help avoid any sores and rubs.

Numnahs should be kept dry, clean and soft.  Once they become rough they
can cause a sore back and defeat their purpose.  Regular brushing with a
stiff brush or combing with a plastic curry comb will keep sheepskin
soft.  Again, many can be washed in a machine, but sheepskin is best
washed by hand and allowed to dry naturally.

Weekly Care

At least once a week all bridlework should be dismantled completely,
inspected and cleaned thoroughly following the procedure above.

It is also best to undo the hook studs on the end of cheekpieces and
reins so you can clean the linings on the insides of the turns and keep
them easily workable.

Remove any soap out of the holes with a matchstick or cocktail stick and
buckles can be cleaned with a metal polish.

Always inspect the tack for worn stitching, fraying and cracked leather.


Many horse owners fail to recognise the damage that over-oiling leather
can do.  This common mistake results in a radical change in the fibrous
structure, weakening and distorting it.  Many Neatsfoot oil compounds
and blends contain mineral oils. These will have a detrimental effect on
your Saddlery.

However obvious it may seem, the key to long-term care and maintenance
is to feed the leather with the same ingredients which were used to
prepare the hides for making the original riding equipment.

Jeffries takes the quality and efficacy of their leather riding
equipment very seriously indeed and takes great pride in sending out
consistently fine products to retailers.

Because all leather problems are not so easily solved, Walsall-based
Jeffries and their specialist equestrian curriers, research the causes
and analyse them minutely.

The curriers use natural oils and fats to impregnate the hides in
processes that ensure the natural fibres in the leather are consistently
meshed together, without separating.  The preparation results in hides
that are flexible, supple and resilient with a high tensile strength.

By working closely with curriers who supply many of their best hides,
Jeffries has developed a  leather dressing which contains the same
ingredients used in the original preparation of the leather.  Beeswax is
used to seal the finished product, this helps repel water and adds a
fine sheen to its appearance.

Jeffries’ advice on the care and maintenance of leather riding equipment
is very simple.  Wipe tack clean with a damp sponge or cloth and leave
to dry naturally away from a heat source.  Apply Jeffries
Natural Leathercare
sparingly and evenly to both the grain
(top) and the flesh (back) of the leather and when touch-dry, buff with
a dry cloth.


When storing tack for any length of time, avoid a hot atmosphere as this
will dry out the leather and cause damage to the stitching, or damp
conditions which will quickly result in the growth of mildew.  A dry
place of moderate temperature is best.

Tack should be cleaned and dried thoroughly and wrapped in cotton
material.  For example a bridle bag and saddle cover, not in plastic as
this will cause the leather to sweat.

Jeffries Natural Leathercare can be applied to
the leather to protect it and keep it supple.  Vaseline can be used to
protect steel fittings.  If possible, regular checks should be made to
ensure there is no dampness or damage from vermin.

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