I’m a long time hunter rider, now dabbling in dressage semi-seriously with one of my horses who can no longer jump.
I’m used to the calfskin saddles and buttery-soft Edgewood bridles so common in hunter land, and am frustrated with all the black bridles I’ve tried. I own/have owned OS, Kieffer, Passier, KL Select, Red Barn, Dover’s Warrendorf, and Vespucci bridles. No matter the care I give them (clean after every ride, oil as necessary, stored in climate-controlled tack room) nothing gets truly soft and flexible like I want.
Are there brands that will feel more like my beloved Edgewoods? Or is there a particular conditioner/cleaner that you find helps your bridles soften?
Has anyone tried the custom black New Cavalry bridles? Will they break in like their brown counterparts?
Thanks in advance for any help or advice.