From Endurance to Dressage
I've had a chance to use the Higher Standards Leather Soap a few more times. I can now say with no hesitation that this stuff is great. I don't know how it works on really dirty leather, but for leather that has a typical layer of sweat and dirt, it is fantastic.
I've used it to clean both of my bridles several times. It still has a lovely scent; sometimes scented products bother me, not this time time. I also like how it is continuing to clean my bridles without leaving any residue. Each day that I come out, my bridles feel clean and soft without that tackiness so many cleaners leave behind. The product wipes off easily and very little scrubbing is necessary.
I finally got a chance to try it on my saddle and was even happier with the job it did there. My saddle is made from buffalo which is very soft and porous. Most soaps are difficult to use on such soft leather. the Higher Standards Leather soap went on easily and without much effort removed some buildup from where my boots and stirrup leathers rub my panels. Big score for that!
I also used the conditioner on my saddle. I chose a warm day so the conditioner came out of the tub more easily. The first time I used it, I wasn't as happy with how hard it was. With the warmth of the day, the conditioner had melted a little and came out much more easily. I loved how it spred across my saddle; it seemed to melt into the leather. I let it sit for a little while and then went back with a soft cloth and was pleased with how easily it buffed to a smooth finish. My buffalo leather doesn't seem to "shine" like some leather saddles do, but I knew it was clean and soft.
I am not a big fan of contests, but I'd like to thank Libby, the creator and owner and Higher Standards Leather Care, for letting me try out her products. As a way to "share the love," I'd like to send one of you a container of leather soap and conditioner. Here's how to "enter":
About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
National Rider Awards
State Rider Awards
State Horse Awards
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2023 Show Schedule
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: