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Dover Saddlery® InDulge™ Flash Bridle

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Colors/Options: Oakbark

Dover Saddlery® InDulge™ Flash Bridle

Let your horse enjoy top-of-the-line comfort with our Dover Saddlery® InDulge™ Flash Bridle. Our unique and exclusive Flex-Cushion™ hidden inside the single contoured crown and the noseband provides superior pressure distribution with its pliability and shock-absorbing properties. The bridle is beautifully crafted from premium quality oakbark leather that accepts oil readily and only gets better with time.

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Item #: X1-120242
$169.95
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Helpful Information
Nameplate Attachment Instructions
About Flash Bridles
How to Clean
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Treat your horse to unprecedented comfort with the Dover Saddlery® InDulge™ Flash Bridle. Shock absorbent Flex-Cushion™ hidden inside the single contoured crownpiece and crank noseband creates luxurious padding for superior pressure distribution and optimal horse comfort.

Crafted from quality oakbark leather, this snaffle bridle accepts oil readily, allowing you to tailor the color to your taste. Thoughtful details include distinctive, extra-fine ivory topstitching and long-lasting stainless steel hardware throughout. Matching 5/8"W x 54"L flexi-rubber reins are included for a coordinated look and good grip. Browband is 7/8" wide; flash noseband is 1 1/4" wide; cheek pieces are 1/2" wide.

Note: Due to the extraordinary comfort provided by the flex-cushion crownpiece, attachment of a crown nameplate is not recommended. Please use a bridle tag instead.


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

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

Steps:
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.

Flash Bridles
The flash bridle is a snaffle bridle that takes its name from the type of noseband it features: a French caveson/crank noseband that has a flash strap (usually removable). Preferred by dressage riders and those in jumping disciplines, the flash noseband keeps a horse's jaws aligned and prevents the horse from opening its mouth to avoid bit and rein aids. It transfers some of the pressure of the bit from the bars to the nasal bone.

The flash strap further reduces the ability for the horse to open its mouth or cross its jaws and prevents the horse from yielding to the bit through the lower jaw instead of through proper bending at the poll. A properly adjusted flash strap should not compress the horse's nostrils. The buckle should not rest against the horse's lips, where it could pinch or rub.

The crownpiece of a flash bridle can be either single or traditional. A single crown has the noseband hanger incorporated into its design, and it buckles on each side of the horse's face. A single crownpiece is usually contoured around the horse's ears and discreetly padded for comfort. A traditional crown allows for left-to-right adjustment of the noseband, as it is a continual piece, while on the horse's head. The noseband buckles only on one side.

Flash bridles come in brown and black leather. Styling on brown leather flash bridles, typically seen with jumping saddles, can be plain raised or fancy-stitched and may have a browband with simple decoration, such as a clincher. Styling on black leather flash bridles, typically seen in dressage, is usually plain raised. Browbands can be embellished by a variety of decorative elements, from clinchers to beads or crystals. The types of reins most commonly used with a flash bridle are web reins (especially in dressage) or rubber reins (especially for jumping).

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.