Originally Posted by Corporal
For what it's worth, don't use your schooling tack for showing. Use your show leather tack until it's JUST broken in, then clean/oil it and store it until you show. Buy better quality, even synthetic if you like synthetic, for everyday schooling. Nothing is worse, IMO than going into a class with well worn tack where a rein or check piece, or other, breaks. I've had it happen in the middle of battle, in the middle of a trail ride and other times. And, I have a LOT of leather left over from my 26 years in CW Reenacting.
Now that I just pleasure ride I take more time to check my tack. =b
*shrug* I have always showed in my schooling tack. I have a nice bridle that I maintain properly, and barring some sort of incident there's almost no chance that something's going to break. To each their own though- some horses and humans are harder on tack than others, but my bridle has stayed show quality in the 7 or so years that I've had it!