From Endurance to Dressage
On a Rainy Day
It rained pretty hard on Friday afternoon, thank goodness, so I took advantage and cleaned Izzy's bridle. That boy is worse than a 16 year-old teenager. His stuff stinks and is constantly covered with ... funk.
If I never cleaned Speedy's bridle ever again, it would never be this dirty. I used to wipe my bridles down after almost every ride, but Izzy's won't "wipe down." After a 30 minute ride, it looks this bad. I gave up. Now, I try and clean it at least monthly.
Since wiping it down doesn't really get the gunk off, I do a full dismantle. I dropped the bit into the bucket to soak and dragged out the necessary creams and salves. I like to clean with Effax Leather Cream Soap. The Higher Standards soap is also nice, but I am temporarily out.
Once each pieces was scrubbed and cleaned, I used some Higher Standards Leather Balm to condition each piece. I actually use three different conditioners, depending on what I am conditioning. I use the HS for my bridles, Passier's Lederbalasm for my saddle, and a beeswax product for my schooling boots (can't remember the brand name). My saddle and boots also got some TLC.
By the time I finished cleaning and conditioning my bridle, I thought long and hard about whether Izzy should ever get to wear it again. Since he's not ready to go bridle-less, I slipped it on over the weekend. It looked so pretty as I put it on. I didn't wipe it down when I put it away, but it needed it. Oh well. It will get cleaned again next Friday evening because Izzy is going to a show.
More on that later!
4/11/2016 01:48:03 pm
As a long time endurance rider, I used synthetic tack exclusively - biothane and beta. The dressage bridles that I tried in synthetic tack just didn't hang right, so I gave up on that idea. For care, synthetic is the way to go, but dressage bridles just have too many parts that need to bend compared to an endurance bridle.
4/11/2016 10:59:37 am
I definitely need to give my bridles a full pull apart and clean...
4/12/2016 06:14:32 am
While I take good care of my tack, mine is always in need of a thorough cleaning, so you are not alone!
4/11/2016 12:59:14 pm
Bobby sweats so badly every ride that I give his bridle and girths a deep clean almost daily. Good for the leather I guess, but it does get a little annoying when you're in a rush sometimes!
4/12/2016 06:15:37 am
I should do that because that's exactly what Izzy does, but who has time for that? Especially with two horses, I am already short on time! :0)
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About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
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