Cleaning your bridle ๐Ÿด - Hufglocken

Cleaning your bridle ๐Ÿด

29 August 2019 3 min read

Cleaning your bridle ๐Ÿด

Our top tips for cleaning your bridle!

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Your bridle is an investment and when properly cared for will last you many years. However, people are often unsure how to correctly maintain and clean a leather bridle.

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Ideally you should wipe your bridle down with a damp cloth after every ride. This prevents the build-up of sweat, dirt and grease which will compromise the leather over time.

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Every few weeks you should give your bridle a thorough deep clean. This ensures that the leather remains supple and the stitching intact and strong.

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You will need:

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  • A towel
  • Small bucket of warm water
  • A cloth
  • A dry sponge
  • Leather soap
  • Leather conditioner/oil

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Cleaning your bridle:

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  1. Take apart your bridle completely and lay out on an old towel.

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  1. Using a damp cloth clean off the sweat, grease and dirt from the bridle. Warm (but not hot) water works best.

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  1. Slightly wet the sponge and wipe over the leather bar soap, or apply a small amount to the sponge if using liquid, and work into the leather.

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  1. While the leather is still damp after the soap apply a thin coat of leather conditioner or oil. Work it in with a sponge or cloth.

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  1. Clean your bit.

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  1. Leave the bridle to air dry out of direct heat and sunlight.

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HINT: If you are new to putting a bridle back together, wash it piece by piece. Remove one part of the bridle, clean it and then put it back on.

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Reassembling your bridle:

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  1. Lay down the crown piece and throatlash as it would sit on the horse.

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  1. Put the browband on by threading the end of the throatlash and upper cheek piece through. If your brow band has a โ€˜rightโ€™ and โ€˜leftโ€™, put the right side on first, upside down, as it will then be on the correct way.

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  1. Attach the cheek pieces, ensuring the buckles face outwards.

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  1. Attach the noseband by putting the long strap through the browband loops, under the crownpiece, and buckling the end to itself.

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  1. Attach the bit to the cheekpieces, ensuring that it is attached so that the curve of the bit will be convex over the horses tongue.

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  1. Attach the reins to the bit under the cheekpieces.

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Things to remember:

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  • Pay extra attention to cleaning the ends of reins and cheek pieces where they attach to the bit as they get a lot of saliva on them.

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  • When cleaning check that stitching is intact, buckles are not breaking and that the leather is not cracking.

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  • You do not need to rinse leather soap off. It is made from glycerine which helps to keep the leather sealed, protected and supple.

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  • You do not want a lather to build up when you are soaping the bridle as it will coat the leather and can cause it to harden.

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  • If you want to use oil, use only a small amount. Wait for the first coat to absorb properly and dry before applying more. Too much oil will damage fibres in the leather.

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  • Always air dry your bridle. Direct heat and sunlight will cause leather to dry out and crack.

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  • Store your bridle in a cool and dry area to prevent mildew build up.

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