Stop hurting your tack with glycerin

Are you still using glycerin tack care products? Then you’re going to want to read this. Most riders think that using glycerin products is a helpful way to clean and protect your tack; in fact, this may be one of the biggest myths in the equestrian community.
Don’t worry, I understand why you think that. A ton of magazines and well-known riders and trainers are saying this is true by using and promoting glycerin products. For years I didn’t realize that they were such a no-no for my leather either.
But let me ask you…Does everyone who uses glycerin get clean, healthy, undamaged tack? No, and you could actually be damaging and shortening the life of your tack if you hold onto that belief.
Think about it. You know what most riders never realize is that glycerin is a humectant, which means it actually pulls water vapor from the air into your leather. As you may already know, too much moisture in your leather irreparably damages your tack, as well as creates the perfect home for mold. And I get it, I used to use glycerin, too, and struggled with keeping my tack in the perfect moisture balance.
Quitting glycerin is like transplanting a cactus from a swamp back to the desert where it belongs – your tack can now breathe, self-regulate to a healthier moisture balance, and be stronger.
Now look, I know this may be going against the ways you’ve been doing things. But isn’t it more important to focus on getting truly healthy tack that will last you a lifetime instead of just sticking with glycerin because it’s the norm?
If you want to keep your leather fibers strong and prevent mold, you can see why using glycerin-free products will easily help you, can you not?
If you’re not yet fully convinced that glycerin is bad for your tack, that’s OK. Go ahead and throw out your glycerin leather care products, read our article “Stop The Damage: Time To Save The Glycerin For Your Face, Not For Your Leather”, and convince yourself.
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