Originally Posted by Saddlebag
Southern, is the issue with the WB leather or that it's urine tanned that results in a poorer quality leather. Several years ago I was given a lined split ear bridle that was bo't about 1966. In comparing the price to min. Wage it was worth 2.5 days wages. Today, in Ontario that would be just over $200. The leather is in very nice condition despite all it's use. To look at it and feel it one would never begin to guess it's age.
Urine tanning in Kanpur, India is the most prevalent, but even their best tanning process is generally lacking.
There are a few factories in India that will make leather products using cow leather, but the cow leather must be sent to them already processed as sides of leather.
Maybe you got one of the bridles that was made with US cow leather and all they did was make it, labor for leather workers in India runs from 5.00 to 10.00 a DAY......
I had a manufacturer send me 2 saddles free for testing, they stunk so bad it reminded me of when a horse was in a stall to long and needed the shaving changed