I pull out all my riding saddles and pack saddles and set them out in the hot sun and give them all a good liberal coating of leather soap. I also make sure all the buckles and rivets are in good shape. Lastly as I put away the saddles, I put a stick from stirrup to stirrup, so the stirrups are turned out. I let them hang this way for awhile and it helps train the leather. This makes it easy to get in and out of the saddle and you don't have to twist your kneee and ankles while in the saddle. All my other gear usually can be prepared the weekend before my hunts.