Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Southern California
• Horses: 0
I use chicago screws a lot, but they are like any other fastener, they must be used properly. If your bridle was ever used by someone else, the screw may have been glued to keep it tight. I have never had a screw come apart when it's not supposed to, and since I use biothane I just glue any screw that does get loose. I have heard that clear nail polish will keep them tight, but you can easily remove them when needed.
That being said, anything you fasten your bridle with needs to be checked regularly. If you use screws, keep a screwdriver in your tack trunk or trailer. If you use the leather ties, take your bridle apart regularly to check the condition of the ties. Always carry a few pieces of leather on trail rides.
I love chicago screws and think that they are great.