How to measure your Southern Cross
Many saddle companies measure their saddles differently so please
follow this guide for the correct measurement so you get the exact fit that you are after.
#1 Saddle Size: Start at the front edge of the Pommel to the
inside edge of the Cantle (back of seat)
Saddle Size: #1
#2 Seat Size: Place the tape measure at the mid point of the
inside of the Pommel to the inside edge of the Cantle (back of seat)
Seat Size: #2
1. Scrub with warm water (not boiling). Use a quality saddle soap
with a soft brush or cloth.
2. Rinse well with clean water
3. Wash the felt lining in the same fashion.
4. Allow the saddle to dry in a well ventilated shaded area.
5. When dry, lightly brush rough out with a stiff bristle brush to lift the
6. Once completely dry re apply a good quality leather oil and or leather
Things to avoid:
1. Do not dry in direct sun. The sun light will shrink and harden the
2. NEVER use hot water
3. NEVER oil a wet saddle
4. NEVER use hot oil.
To make the leather on
your new saddle soft and pliable it needs an oil or application of a quality leather conditioner
You can treat rough out and smooth leather in the same fashion.
Use a quality leather conditioner or Neatsfoot Oil and ensure all
surfaces are treated including the hard to reach areas.
Clean and condition your saddle regularly, this reduces the risk of
the leather drying out and cracking which will lengthen the life of your saddle.
Store your saddle in a dry dust free area and keep clean for best
performance and longevity.
Check your girth, girth points, stirrup leathers and bridles should
be checked on a regular basis to avoid equipment failure and risk of injury.
If you feel unsure about the safe operation of your equipment drop
your saddle of the Southern Cross for a service and safety check.