Ideally your saddle should be placed in a well ventilated, shaded or roofed area when not in use. If you have to leave your saddle outdoors, a shaded area is best. If not possible, spread a saddle cloth over the saddle. Saddles deteriorate very quickly if left outdoors day and night with no covering. The moist night air swells the leather and the hot sun then contracts and bakes it. Over a period of time the leather shrinks and cracks.
If the saddle isn’t going to be used for a while
We recommend that you wash it thoroughly and don’t oil it, particularly in humid conditions such as in the north during the wet season. Oiled leather attracts mould which can have a disastrous effect on leather.
For medium to long term storage
Clean, dry it and hang it up or sit it on a rail in a well ventilated shed. Don’t leave a saddle in a closed gear bag in humid conditions for any length of time. Condensation inside the bag encourages mould. Oil the saddle again when ready for use.
Kent Saddles on a rail at Elsey Station, NT