Originally Posted by kitten_Val
Folks, do you remove the bits and clean BOTH sides of the bridle? I mean the outer part is nice and smooth, but the inner part is not smooth. Is it what's called suede leather or not? Is it safe to use anything on inner side of the bridle?
I remove the bit so that I don't get soap or oil on it giving my horse a bad taste. I don't ever remember having a rough side to my bridles. In fact I would not want one since it is in constant, moving contact with my horse's face. The rough surface would cause irritation and who would want that?
If, for any reason, I got a bridle with suede on the inside, I would oil the heck out of it and use a blunt knife or spoon and smooth it out. I don't want anything rough against my horse's face, I prefer the inside of my bridles to be lined with latigo.