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I need bridle help, please! UPDATE: I'm getting a new one!!! See post 28

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  • I need bridle help, please! UPDATE: I'm getting a new one!!! See post 28

    Bought a really nice bridle for my son's large pony. It's lovely, lovely leather and I'm pretty happy with it, save for the color. I ordered the "light brown" with the thought that I'd be able to oil it to that nice caramel color...no big deal, right? Wrong!

    The danged thing is ORANGE!! I have cleaned it (castile soap and leder combi), oiled it, cleaned it, dunked it, cleaned it, and conditioned it. It hasn't darkened even a teeny bit. It is still orange. I mean really orange. Seriously, I didn't spend $225 to have a bridle that belongs in a Halloween costume!

    So my question is, does anyone have any suggestions? Any good, yet safe stuff to strip the color down so the leather will darken some? Or do I just choke it up, buy the havana version and hope someone will buy a nice orange bridle from me? It IS a good name, afterall....

    I've never actually experienced this issue before! Someone help...PLEASE! (beg, beg, beg....)
    Last edited by Kenike; Apr. 13, 2009, 02:18 PM.
    "IT'S NOT THE MOUNTAIN WE CONQUER, BUT OURSELVES." SIR EDMUND HILLARYMember of the "Someone Special To Me Serves In The Military" Clique

  • #2
    what brand is the bridle?
    www.thehuntinghorn.com

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    • #3
      are you using neatsfoot oil?

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      • #4
        Have you tried Hydrophane darkening oil?
        Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground. - Author Unknown

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          #5
          Sorry, was eating dinner. It's a KL Select (Red Barn) bridle. I have used neatsfoot (that's what it was dunked in, even). And I've tried the darkening oil (yes, hydrophane). I thoguht that'd for sure do something....nope. It's almost like the color is painted on, or something. Really weird....
          "IT'S NOT THE MOUNTAIN WE CONQUER, BUT OURSELVES." SIR EDMUND HILLARYMember of the "Someone Special To Me Serves In The Military" Clique

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          • #6
            WOW. it wont even darken after neatsfoot or hydrophane?

            talk about stubborn...

            have you tried calling the tack shop you bought it from? tell them about your situation and maybe they can provide some pointers. I honestly have no clue because you've done everything i'd suggest, other than maybe try as a last resort getting it professionally darkened
            (|--Sarah--|)

            Blitz <3 & Leap of Faith <3

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            • #7
              This is one of the bridles that the ****** manufacturer has decided that they know best about the color of leather and it is treated so that you can't get anything to penetrate (beats the hell out of me how they expect you to get it supple). Nothing that I know of, including ammonia, will remove this whatever it is so that it will darken.

              Take it back and insist on a refund. You did not intend for the thing to stay orange. When you purchase something else, ask specifically if it will take oil.
              Laurie

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              • #8
                I'd contact the manufacturer. I've heard that some bridles are shipped with a fine wax covering. It also could be a problem with the actual leather or the dying process.

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                • #9
                  The fine wax coating

                  Is just that-- a light white but really transparent wax you can towel off. It is not common any more, but used to be a regular feature of English tack like Crosby shipped across the Atlantic.

                  It isn't the culprit here.

                  My sympathies to the OP. But really, $225 and all the products and effort you have put in so far are too much to pay for a fugly bridle. The tack shop should make it right, IMO. It sounds like you have done everything right.
                  The armchair saddler
                  Politically Pro-Cat

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                    #10
                    No, it's not the wax. I was hoping someone would have a suggestion besides what I've always known to do (all of which has been suggested here), with the exception of taking a real risk with paint thinner....but I'm a chicken and don't want to do that. Bummer! I guess I'll call KL Select and see if they'll take it back. Doubtful, considering we used it this weekend and it's been cleaned, oiled, etc....but who knows. I ordered through their website since the "local" (90 mins away) store I know that carries them didn't have the size I needed and needed it for Saturday.
                    Just for giggles, I'll take a picture and post it here after a bit just so everyone can see what I'm talking about. Thanks for the suggestions, guys. I really appreciate it!!
                    "IT'S NOT THE MOUNTAIN WE CONQUER, BUT OURSELVES." SIR EDMUND HILLARYMember of the "Someone Special To Me Serves In The Military" Clique

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                    • #11
                      I'd return it. Our local tack store carries them and they definitely have that shiny, plastic look/feel to them. Some of the cheaper Bobby's bridles are like that and also won't darken. Shoot, go to the Edgewood outlet on eBay and get one of those for the same price! Good luck.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Kenike View Post
                        No, it's not the wax. I was hoping someone would have a suggestion besides what I've always known to do (all of which has been suggested here), with the exception of taking a real risk with paint thinner....but I'm a chicken and don't want to do that. Bummer! I guess I'll call KL Select and see if they'll take it back. Doubtful, considering we used it this weekend and it's been cleaned, oiled, etc....but who knows. I ordered through their website since the "local" (90 mins away) store I know that carries them didn't have the size I needed and needed it for Saturday.
                        Just for giggles, I'll take a picture and post it here after a bit just so everyone can see what I'm talking about. Thanks for the suggestions, guys. I really appreciate it!!
                        If they sold you a bridle that is supposed to be light brown and not orange, you should have the expectation that oiling it would change the color to brown. Mention that every other bridle you have had has darkened upon oiling. If they are hesitant to take it back - let them know that it would be bad advertising for them to have you use it and have everyone ask you where and what type of bridle you bought so that they can avoid purchasing your bridle. Not too many people want an orange bridle.

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                          #13
                          I put it on my couch because I figured it'd do a good job of showing the orange. I think I was right!

                          I was joking to others over the weekend about the color. I think everyone was well aware of how uncomfortable and embarrassed I was over it. Is it any wonder? I'll definitely be calling KL Select tomorrow.

                          http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2.../Bridle003.jpg
                          "IT'S NOT THE MOUNTAIN WE CONQUER, BUT OURSELVES." SIR EDMUND HILLARYMember of the "Someone Special To Me Serves In The Military" Clique

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                          • #14
                            Oh my..... Now if it was 1975 and you were using an avocado green saddle pad, maybe it would be ok. Keep us posted on what happens with KL Select's customer service.
                            Flip a coin. It's not what side lands that matters, but what side you were hoping for when the coin was still in the air.

                            You call it boxed wine. I call it carboardeaux.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Kenike View Post
                              I put it on my couch because I figured it'd do a good job of showing the orange. I think I was right!

                              I was joking to others over the weekend about the color. I think everyone was well aware of how uncomfortable and embarrassed I was over it. Is it any wonder? I'll definitely be calling KL Select tomorrow.

                              http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2.../Bridle003.jpg
                              Oh, my, indeed! That's very orange. Do you remember the name of the color? I've been wanting a Red Barn (KL Select) bridle for a long time, but now I'm a little scared! I think the dark brown one is called Australian Nut or something. It would be handy to be able to say, "NOT the orange one!"

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                              • #16
                                oh sweet jesus, you weren't kidding!

                                whoa.
                                I know now, the place that I was trying to reach, was you, right here in front of me

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                                • #17
                                  holy cow, that IS orange!
                                  (|--Sarah--|)

                                  Blitz <3 & Leap of Faith <3

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                                    #18
                                    The Australian Nut is actually really nice. It's the color the tack store carries. Silly me, what was I thinking going with something else?? I think I now fully understand why the tack store doesn't have the light brown or newmarket ones, though!

                                    Seriously, if they'll trade this one for the Australian Nut, I'll do it in a heartbeat. I just don't know if they'll do it with the fact this one's not in "New" condition..... I guess we'll see.
                                    "IT'S NOT THE MOUNTAIN WE CONQUER, BUT OURSELVES." SIR EDMUND HILLARYMember of the "Someone Special To Me Serves In The Military" Clique

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                                      #19
                                      BTW, imagine this bridle on a grey pony. As in lighter grey. YUCK!
                                      "IT'S NOT THE MOUNTAIN WE CONQUER, BUT OURSELVES." SIR EDMUND HILLARYMember of the "Someone Special To Me Serves In The Military" Clique

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Kenike View Post
                                        I put it on my couch because I figured it'd do a good job of showing the orange. I think I was right!

                                        I was joking to others over the weekend about the color. I think everyone was well aware of how uncomfortable and embarrassed I was over it. Is it any wonder? I'll definitely be calling KL Select tomorrow.

                                        http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2.../Bridle003.jpg
                                        I just went up to their Web Site. None of their bridles shown are in orange. You definately should have the expectation that it would darken after oiling.

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