Well it took a mail order and a bridle all the way from the middle of Canada, but atlast I've found a bridle that I'm happy with. The other bridles that I bought either didn't fit right (Sour has a rather wonkey head) or were of horrid quality.
I like this one. (Thanks for the recommendation, Spotted!) I'm able to take the blinders off as needed, and it adjusts very well. However, it has been in a box for a good mont, and so is very...smashed looking. It was laid out nicely in the box so everything is in good order, but it's definitely very flat and ofcourse, since it's new, STIFF.
So I need tips on trying to get it softened up and in working order before I put it on Sour. Since she's still very new to bridling, I really don't want to wrestle the bridle onto her head. Does anyone have a good leather softener brands that they like or way to get the leather more pliable? Being my first brand new piece of tack (besides halters, boots, etc) I'm not sure what I should be doing. Thanks!
Some picture to show the shape it's in, and just to show it off
I read and was told that you could rub small bits of vaseline onto the bridle to make it more pliable, and I've been working it with my hands a lot. What else should I get/do to make it softer? And how soft does it need to be before I put it on Sour? Enough that I can easily buckle/adjust it, I'm assuming.
Besides wanting to know of good leather oils, I also thought that perhaps some of you who are more experienced than me (a first time buyer, and all of that) could give me your intake on it's quality. If you want pictures of the stitching or anything, I can definitely got that.
I did my research and I opted for what appeared to be the highest quality there is for my price range (just wanted a simple pleasure bridle for now) and I'm happy with it, but like I said. I don't know much. I liked that the blinders are lined with metal to keep them from bending and poking at Sour, but that they were also padded incase of bumps or something. The stitching wasn't as good as I would like, but the leather seems nice. It hasn't bled like one of my cheap english bridles does, which is nice- and it did come with a check rein which I have removed. I don't plan on using it.
Once the leather is more pliable I'll get pictures of it on her as well, for fitting critique.