As to the cleaning, of the white leather, as I mentioned in my post above, I've had the best luck spraying a good cleaner directly on the grime and letting it sit for a little bit. Belvoir does a pretty good job breaking down dirt if you apply directly and let it sit a few minutes--put it on and then clean your bit or whatever, then apply a bit of elbow grease.
Thats exactly what I've done, down to the belvoir even. I'm thinking its just permanently stained . Thanks though
I've got one! It's black with the white padding. My mare is a plain bay, doesn't have a spot of white, with a reasonably pretty face. The white padding just helps make her a little flashier in my opinion. Kind of like why I ride her in white boots, it makes her look a little bit more *wow*.
That was, as others have said, a trend in dressage bridles for a while.
I don't like it on a horse with a lot of face white because either the markings or the bridle look brighter/whiter and it makes the other look dirty. I feel the same way about white boots on horses with leg white etc. One makes the other look dirty. I'm anal. I couldn't own a gray!
Otherwise, I think the padding can be a flattering look, if a little out of style at the moment.
I'm lazy. I put my bridles in the washing machine. Cold water, delicate cycle. Generally I use just a little bit of shampoo instead of laundry soap, but I suspect any of the detergents they make for sheepskin would work as well. When I had a regular top-loading washer, I'd put the bridle in a cloth bag so that the straps wouldn't get caught up in the agitator, but with the front loader we have now, I don't even have to do that. Though I do pull the bit off first (and I run that through the dishwasher )
It does get pretty wet, obviously, so it takes a while to dry. And then I oil it lightly with vegetable oil.
I know it's all wrong, but since my bridle is still in pretty good shape after 20 years, I don't see any reason to change my errant ways
Last edited by Wayside; Dec. 21, 2012 at 04:33 PM.
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i'm reminded all the time just how much fads become de rigueur in the horse show world
I'm not sure I understand your post. Its not really a fad when its been around 20 years? Its a change from what was, but I consider beaded browbands and bling to be a true fad IMHO. And plaid breeches.