Product name: Fiebing’s Yellow Saddle Soap
Company name: Fiebing’s
Type of product: Tack & Equipment
My review: 10/10
Every horseback rider (almost!) needs saddle soap
If you ride horses, chances are you have a lot of leather. There are exceptions to this of course as some of you may prefer synthetic tack and non-leather boots. But the majority of you will have tons of leather equipment. And not only this, but you’ll have leather equipment that gets dirty really really quickly.
I don’t want to waste your time so if you don’t own leather, so feel free to head back to our main page and check out some of our new posts ‘cuz you just don’t need saddle soap. But if the previous description sounds familiar and you’re looking for a way to get your leather looking like new again, then you’ve come to the right place.
It’s really tough to know which one to buy. No one seems to agree on anything and you’re probably going to get frustrated.
You don’t want to buy something online that you’re going to have to wait for just to try it and realize that it doesn’t work. I know you don’t have time to be packaging it all back up and fighting your way to return it. So, I’ve put together this review for you to minimize the chances of that happening!
So…who is Fiebing?
John Fiebing worked in a chemical tannery in Milwaukee back in 1895 but had a vision for his own company. Exhibiting prime entrepreneurial spirit, he started creating his own saddle soap. It was an immediate success and soon everyone was using it.
In fact, the reason that the symbol for Fiebing’s saddle soap is U.S. calvaryman is because the whole cavalry in Kansas started to use it. To this day, the company uses that logo as a guarantee of the quality that you’re buying along with the product.
In the early 1900’s, the company started expanding into what it is now. Having 3 main brands, the company manufactures horse care products and leather care products, fine leathercraft and shoe care products.
Finally, Fiebing’s saddle soap is 100% manufactured in the U.S. – something that’s almost impossible to come by these days. So that’s a great indicator of how much pride the company takes in it’s products and you know that they aren’t trying to outsource production manufacturing to China to cut costs for themselves.
Hard soap vs. liquid soap
You may have come across some bottles of liquid soap and you might be wondering which type of soap is better for your saddle. To be honest, it all depends on the brand because they both should do pretty much the same thing.
Both should clean your saddle, get out the dirt and grime worked into the leather and keep the leather nice and subtle. But I have noticed some general differences that seem to re-occur in the two different types of soaps.
Liquid soaps tend to come in a spray bottle and a lot of them advertise that “you don’t have to scrub anymore.” Hard soaps, on the other hand, come in containers and you definitely have to scrub and scrub a lot when it comes to those. Personally, I like products that are more old fashioned when it comes to simple things like soap.
I mean, yes there are some liquid soaps where you really don’t have to scrub as much but what does that tell you? It means there are plenty of chemicals in the bottle to make sure that after you wipe, the leather is going to look much newer and better.
But without scrubbing the soap into the saddle, I find that these products don’t do as good of a job actually getting out deep dirt; they just cover it up. Furthermore, they don’t do as good of a job at keep the leather as subtle and moisturized.
I don’t mean to turn you off liquid soaps completely – just to keep some of these things in mind when you’re looking for one. The liquid soap that I do actually recommend is Farnam’s Leather New Saddle Soap if you don’t want a hard soap.
I would definitely pair it with an additional leather conditioner, just to make sure that the leather stays moisturized and doesn’t end up pre-maturely cracking on you.
Fiebing’s is THE hard soap to buy
Now, coming back to good old fashioned hard soap! If you’re like me and you like things kept simple, then you might want to go for a hard soap. I mean it’s as simple as putting some on a cloth, lathering your saddle up and scrubbing till you get it nice and clean again.
But like I said before, although the scrubbing can be annoying, it actually helps to bring the product deep into the leather and keeps it subtle for longer. Subtle leather doesn’t “get old” and crack so you’re improving the durability of your equipment the more that you do this.
That said – the scrubbing is also an arm workout so it’s good for you! 🙂
Besides the fact that the company is old, well-respected and the product is made in the U.S., Fiebing’s saddle soap beats everything else on pure quality.
It really just works that well. I’ve put together a list of all the qualities that it has that other saddle soaps often fall short on:
- diminishes appearance of scratches
- does not cause scratching
- lathers extremely well
- with a brush, even the most stubborn marks can be lifted
- significantly improves subtlety of the leather
- prolongs leather lifetime
- decreases dryness and risk of cracking
- creates a matte shine when finished
- made for saddles but works on all leather (boots, other tack, even car seats!)
A quick recap of Fiebing’s Yellow Saddle Soap review
Thank goodness that they were smart and didn’t decide to try and make it “better” or “easier” somehow. That kind of behaviour and over-complication is exactly what ruins good products.
Furthermore, if you’re looking for a hard soap rather than a liquid soap, then this is the one that you want to go with. If you want to check out my recommendation for a liquid soap, click here!
But for hard soaps, I recommend Fiebing’s with a rating of 10/10.
The only negative things that I’ve head about the product is when people don’t know how to use it properly and complain that there’s “white stuff” that appears. Here’s a quick video from Fiebing’s on how they completely clean their saddles using “4-way care”:
Yes of course there’s white stuff! That’s what happens when you use soap 🙂
I’ve even heard from other people that use the product for everything from their saddles to their boots to their camera equipment.
Can you tell I’m excited?
But trust me, you’ll understand the sentiment once you try it out for yourself:
I would love to hear from you if you’ve decided to try out the product! Or any other comments or questions that you may have? Just go ahead and type them in below and I’ll be sure to respond within a day or two 🙂
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