Caring for your Sensation Ride™ saddle
- The underside material of your Sensation is a wool/nylon fabric which cleans up well using a vacuum. If it gets wet, do not use heat to dry it out.
- The leather on the seat and body of the saddle can be cleaned with regular leather cleaner or saddle soap, followed by a quality conditioner. be sure to rinse off any soap completely. We recommend Leather Amore by Bee Natural. Do not use any oil on your Sensation saddle or the billet straps. It is ideal to clean and condition your saddle weekly if you are using it heavily. Otherwise, condition when the leather appears dry or lightens in colour. Take the opportunity to check your saddle over for signs of wear or any stitching coming loose that may need repairing. Better to catch a problem early and have it repaired than to wait for it to get worse.
- Threads and webbing that show fuzz from wear and tear may be easily cleaned up using a lighter (carefully).
- Store your Sensation on a shaped saddle rack or stand – in a room temperature environment. This will ensure that your Sensation remains useful for many years to come.
Yearly Check Up
Especially after your first year of use, there are some components on the saddle that you will want to check.
Cantle : If your cantle is starting to feel “smooshed” instead of supportive, you can restuff the cantle through the slit in the velcro by adding more stuffing. Make sure that you use equal amounts on either side. If you are a local customer, or if you would like this service but would prefer not to do it yourself, we are happy to plump it up for you free of charge. Out-of-towners will be responsible for shipping, however.
Panels: Open up the underside of your saddle by separating the velcro gullet – if your black felt panels are feeling like they don’t have a lot of “give” or rebound to them, it may be time to replace them. We can ship you replacement panels, they are available for $40/set. You can replace them in the comfort of your own home by simply opening the gullet, removing the old ones, and inserting the new ones in. Don’t worry, we’ll include instructions when the time comes! Riders who use their saddles heavily may require yearly replacement. Those who use the saddle for more average or casual use will have to replace less often. Heavier riders will also wear out the panels faster than the lighter weight riders – use your discretion to decide whether or not you need replacement panels.
Stirrup Leathers: The “hard-use” stirrup leathers that come with your saddle should be inspected for hole wear. New leathers may be purchased from us if needed.
Billet Straps: Keep an eye on the wear of your billet straps, just as with any other saddle. Condition the billet straps lightly and frequently. If you see signs of excessive wear, ensure you have them replaced by your local saddler or Nickers Saddlery before it becomes dangerous. One option that can help with riders who use their saddles in extreme circumstances is the “removable billet” option. Check with your dealer or Nickers for more information.
Our saddles have a very solid reputation for durability, if you maintain your saddle, just like any other saddle, you will get many years of comfortable, safe use!