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post #1 of 5 Old 12-04-2012, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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cracked leather????

this is the throat latch on my bridle. what should I do?
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-04-2012, 05:59 PM
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When was the last time you oiled and conditioned your tack?

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post #3 of 5 Old 12-04-2012, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer View Post
When was the last time you oiled and conditioned your tack?
a few days ago. but this bridle was bought 1 1/2 years ago and wasnt used until a few weeks ago. the rest of the bridle looks good, but this area has had lots of 'flexing'.

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Looks like several of my schooling bridles, cheap leather. I clean & condition them regularly, they still crack, but I must say they never break although I do replace them every so often.
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-04-2012, 06:55 PM
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Since it's just the throatlatch, I would likely buy a new, better quality replacement and keep it on hand until the one you're using now breaks. If it's been conditioned after it was already cracked, then there isn't much you can do other than just take good care of it from now on. It is weaker than it was, and if it was in a more vital area like the crown or the cheek, then I would say replace it immediately and don't use it again. However, with it being on a non-pressure bearing area, it may break tomorrow or it may break 3 years from now LOL. The good news is that if it does break while you're riding, it shouldn't pose any risk.
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