I created Tack Butter because I could not find a natural, effective, great smelling/skin safe leather conditioner & cleaner. I am a mom to 4 children and at that time, we rode and competed 5 horses. My daughters were members of The United States Pony Club and I was the District Commissioner. Cleaning tack was something we did daily, so when our choices were limited, I thought there has to be something better! We take leather care very seriously. We save up to buy our saddles, boots and bridles, and we want to take care of them. Being members of pony club, my girls went through turnout inspections that were very rigorous. Since I was already making home made soaps and hand balms out of my home, I thought there has to be a way to make a great leather cleaner that will also condition leather without making it sticky or tacky.
When I heard about Lee Lee's accident, being a mom to daughters who participate in eventing, it really struck me and I wanted to do something to help her. The timing worked out, and I asked Olympic Groom Emma Ford for her help. If anyone knows leather care, it's Emma. She agreed and worked with me to perfect Tack Butter. After trial and error, Emma helped me perfect the consistency and come up with a formula that worked like no other leather care product on the market. It was natural, skin safe, had a light scent, and cleaned, renewed and preserved leather without getting sticky or tacky.
Once we had it all developed, we asked the Dutton Family if it was okay to include Lee Lee's cause with Tack Butter. Highlighting #Leeleestrong, we keep her in our thoughts, and also do our part to help her out on her road to recovery. Now that Tack Butter is available throughout the United States, Canada and we have our first store in Europe, I still make every batch by hand. We have also expanded by developing a natural leather wash that can be easily used daily to safely wash off leather. It's quick and moisturizing. It works great as a pre-wash before Tack Butter Conditioner/Cleaner.
Since we began our Tack Butter journey, we have been able to donate our products to many inner city riding programs, IEA competitions, Retired Racehorse Program, local riding clubs, United States Pony Club teams, and numerous other organizations. We partner with the World Class Grooming Program. Emma and Cat travel the United States teaching riders, and non-riders the proper care and management of horses. We have also surpassed $10,000. given to Lee Lee's recovery.
This adventure has been amazing and I cannot thank the equestrian community enough. The other day, someone said we have a "grass roots" company built by regular people to improve people's lives. Sometimes simplicity is the best. It makes my heart so happy to hear about how people love Tack Butter. I also really enjoy giving Lee Lee the money she can use to continue in her recovery. Thank you for taking the time to look at our products and our story.