Okay, so first of all, I would oil the heck out of it. If your leather is soft, it won't crack or break. I used Horseman's one step to clean and condition it because it has 2 in one and works very well. It clean it well and restores the moisture. You could also buy a bar of glycerine and rub a layer over it every month or so. It seals the bridle's leather and prevents it from getting water damage. I quickly wipe down my bridle with the Horseman's One Step after every time I use it so it is like 1 minute instead of taking 40 minutes to clean a reallly dirty bridle. Good luck!