I bought my bridle from the back in February or so, and I've only used it a handfull of times. Maybe ten at the most, and I keep it in a bridle bag at my house. I've made sure to oil it weekly and I worked it with my hands until it was soft before I used it on Sour. I was looking at it today though, and its really in bad condition considering how new it is!
The bit keepers are my main problem. The leather has somehow practically turned to...mush. That's the only way I can explain it. It has totally lost it's shape and is flat/cracked looking. The threads are coming out too, in that area and in one or two other places. The blinkers came to me with a crack in the leather, but I let it slide.
Most recently though (just today) I noticed that the black is coming off and that its gumming up on the leather, showing some of the brown and making a really nasty residue! Also, on the noseback- the leather is very 'wrinkled' and odd looking.
I honestly don't understand. I've heard a lot of good about this place, and the bridle originally seemed to be very well made. Did I just get a dud or is it all like this?