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Dover Saddlery® Classic Derby Bridle

Colors/Options: Oakbark

Dover Saddlery® Classic Derby Bridle

One of our top-of-the-line bridles, this Dover Saddlery® Classic Hunter Derby Bridle is just right for the ever-popular derby event!

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Item #: X1-120239
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Helpful Information
Nameplate Attachment Instructions
How to Clean
Wide Nose Education
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Riders at all levels have made derbies popular, and our Dover Saddlery® Classic Hunter Derby Bridle is just right for the event. It’s beautifully crafted of premium American leather to reflect and honor a rich heritage of equestrian tradition.

Soft and pliable, this traditional crown bridle arrives in medium brown leather that can be darkened with oil to your preference—and it will only get better with time and use.

The 1 1/4" wide noseband is left unpadded so it becomes even more soft and flexible with time, molding to your horse's face in a custom-like fit.

Features include:

  • Traditional crown.
  • Subtle Old World-style embossed “X” at each side of the noseband.
  • 5/8" wide browband and 1/2" wide cheek pieces.
  • Leather paddle behind noseband roller buckle. 
  • 5/8"W x 54"L laced reins with raised, fancy-stitched fronts.



How to Attach a Nameplate to a Halter, Bridle, Martingale or Breastplate

Required Tools: will need a leather hole punch, hammer and pencil.

1. Unwrap your nameplate and identify the rivets as having two posts and two caps.
2. Center the plate where you would like it ; mark its holes with pencil.
3. Use the hole punch centered on the pencil marks. A good quality hole punch with appropriate pressure applied should be able to penetrate even thick leather halters.
4. Push the rivet posts through the back of the tack so the posts are pointed toward you.
5. Put the nameplate on rivet posts.
6. Place rivet caps onto the posts, and tap the caps with a hammer.

Note: If you do not feel comfortable installing your own nameplate, we are happy to help. Bring your plate and tack into your local Dover Saddlery store for assistance. Your local leather repair professional or cobbler may also be able to assist you.

Properly caring for your bridle and reins supports maximum performance, longevity your horse's comfort.
After every ride, you'll want to wipe any grime, sweat, saliva and ring dust from your bridle and reins and use either traditional glycerin soap and water or a specially formulated leather cleanser.
Pay particular attention to cleaning areas of your bridle that are typically under pressure during riding and exposed to saliva, such as the ends of cheek pieces and reins where they come in contact with bit rings.
For a traditional and economical method—glycerin soap, a small bucket and a sponge or cloth works great. Barely moisten the sponge with cool water. Unfasten hook stud closures and buckles to remove debris caught by the hardware and to smooth creases in your leather.
After washing, and when the leather feels smooth and clean, rub a nearly dry sponge or rag against the glycerin soap bar. Apply a thin layer of glycerin soap (no suds during this step) to your leather to seal its pores and keep it soft, but not sticky.
Newer methods of cleaning your bridle involve convenient and easy-to-use tack cleaning and conditioning products. Almost every tack manufacturer has a recommendation or product preference for cleaning and conditioning its products, and some manufacturers produce their own. Always follow manufacturer's guidelines when considering commercial leather cleaners and conditioners.
One-step leather cleaners also condition your leather as you wipe away grime. Two-step cleaners usually advise following cleansing with a conditioner that will soften and protect the leather.
Wide Nose Hunter Bridles

Inspired by the look of classic hunters of the 1950's and 60's, wide nose bridles have become popular again by the success of Hunter Derbies. Wide nosebands can be padded or unpadded; unpadded versions can mold to a horse's head through use to create a very refined look. Wide nosebands are 1" to 1.25" wide and are popular in the hunter rings. Riders often choose a wide nose bridle as they feel the style complements their horse well.