How to Oil a Bridle

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    07-06-2013, 11:21 PM
How to Oil a Bridle

I am new to horse ownership. I know that I need to oil/clean my bridle, but am not sure the proper way to go about this. Does anyone have suggestions for products, or resources for a step-by-step format for cleaning a standard English bridle? I am nervous to attempt this without some good information first....

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    07-06-2013, 11:29 PM
Green Broke
I oil ALL my tack once a year (whether its been used during that year or not). I will wipe down everything with a damp cloth, and then oil. For darker leathers, I either use Leather New or else Neatsfoot Oil. For my light leathers, I use Lexol non-darkening leather conditioner. I just use the little round sponges you can buy at any tack store that are specifically for oiling tack. They're pretty cheap, and work well. When I am done, I kinda "wipe" off the excess with a dry soft cloth. Works best if you do this on a sunny day and can hang stuff outside to "dry" for the day.

For the tack that I use every single day (like my saddle) I will clean and oil that two times a year or more. I have a western saddle, so there is lots of tooling in it so I use a toothbrush to clean in the tooling, and another toothbrush to apply the oil or conditioner.

Nothing too nerve-wracking or difficult about it!
    07-06-2013, 11:40 PM
Be very conservative with oiling a bridle. They can get gooey fast and damage the leather if overdone. A simply spray on leather cleaner/conditioner would be best for wiping down a bridle after a sweaty workout.
    07-07-2013, 01:19 AM
Green Broke
I like to clean with saddle soap. I use a small sponge, dampen it and scrub the leather paying more attention to obviously soiled areas. Then I let it hang for a few minutes. After that I use a one and one half inch paint brush to put Neatsfoot oil on it. Then I leave it hanging.

A couple times a year, or if the leather has gotten rain soaked or really muddy, I take the whole thing apart. Piece by piece and clean and oil each piece very well.

I live in a pretty arid place, and our tack may need more oil and conditioners than leather in other places. Grooms who travel to/from other areas say that is so.

I can remember when new to cleaning tack, getting very complicated bridles and harness pieces mixed up for a bit. A young lady I know told my youngest when she got her first grooming job, that she took photos of each bridle of each horse she grooms, because they were all different and some were unfamiliar to her. That helped her re-assemble them until she got familiar with them.

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