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Bridle: White Padding/Coating melting

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  • Bridle: White Padding/Coating melting

    The white padding/coating on my dressage bridle is disintegrating. Can it be saved? The white sticks to other leather, fabrics, etc., making it the browband and noseband unusable.

    This bridle was stored clean and conditioned in a dry, dehumidified, open air, indoor space for many years. Does anyone know why this disintegration occured? Is it inevitable with age?

    Has anyone run into this problem? Is it fixable? If I get a new dressage bridle with white 'padding' in the future (this was an expensive piece many many years ago) what do I look/shop for so this doesn't happen again?

    I think the headband and noseband may be goners.

    Thank you for your help!

  • #2
    My guess would be that the white part was not leather, but some kind of vinyl or plastic, or was so heavily treated that it disintegrated.

    Bridle shopping time!

    Just curious--why was your fancy bridle mothballed for so long?
    2012 goal: learn to ride like a Barn Rat

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    • Original Poster

      Yes. I think it's shopping time. The noseband/browband are toast. I just wish I knew this could happen as the sticky white substance has gotten on the black leather and is very difficult (impossible?)to get off.

      I hope this forum post will help others when reading about tack storage, so they can avoid the mess and possible damage to other pieces of leather from white sticky transfer.

      Good question on storage. I stored all my personal riding gear at my parents when I left home for college. From college I transitioned to full-time career which limited my time and resources. I didn't want to sell my good stuff as replacing it would be cost prohibitive. I knew I'd be back in the saddle again someday, no matter how long it took. I would periodically review the tack when back for holidays and everything seemed fine. Until this time.

      I looked up the leather stamps. With the exception of the white stickiness on the Lemetrex dressage bridle everything has held up well. The Crosby bridle, saddle and martingales look brand new. My size 28 full-seat breeches however will never again see the light of day. They are going on ebay to help earn funds for a new pair.

      15 years later I'm back in the saddle, with all my gear. I am currently leasing a lovely thoroughbred and ride everyday. It's heaven.

      I guess my next question to the Forum would be, "How do I get the white sticky non-leather substance off my good leather tack!?"


      • #4
        This happened to one of my old bridles, as well. It wasn't kept at unreasonable temperatures, I think it was just due to age. White padding started melting and getting gummy white stuff on whatever it touched. Shame, because the rest of the bridle is perfectly serviceable still. I'm avoiding that type of padding now.
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        • #5
          super random, BUT: the same exact thing happened to an eyeglass case I had a while back, white patent leather look, but after maybe 7-9 years, the material started melting or decomposing somehow. it was never left in extreme heat or anything, just started leaving weird white sticky goo on anything it touched (which was also impossible to remove)

          very unfortunate about your bridle! Schockemohle makes a really nice black/white bridle...I think its a fairly new design, looks beautiful: http://www.schockemoehle.net/shop/pr...oducts_id=6207
          Last edited by cadance; Oct. 14, 2011, 12:04 AM.


          • Original Poster

            Love the suggestion. Beautiful bridle! Thank you.


            • #7
              You might try contacting Old Mill Saddlery to see if they have any suggestions as to how to remove the white stuff (someone on a Brit forum reported that Lemetex may no longer be in business ... Old Mill may still have some contact information).

              The Equestrian Factory Outlet carries alot of Schockemöhle products & ships to the US.