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Dover Saddlery® InDulge™ Classic Dressage Bridle

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Dover Saddlery® InDulge™ Classic Dressage Bridle

Our Dover Saddlery® InDulge™ Classic Dressage Bridle combines timeless elegance with our unique Flex-Cushion™ for luxurious horse comfort. Shock absorbent Flex-Cushion hidden in the single crownpiece and noseband remains pliable and resilient as it disperses pressure. Crafted of premium supple leather that will only get better with time, this bridle includes 5/8" wide rubber-lined leather reins with hand stops.

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Item #: X1-120243
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Helpful Information
Nameplate Attachment Instructions
About Flash Bridles
How to Clean
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Elegantly styled to stand the test of time, the Dover Saddlery® InDulge™ Classic Dressage Bridle takes the comfort of a contoured single crown to the next level. Shock absorbent Flex-Cushion™ hidden inside the crownpiece and noseband creates luxurious padding that provides superior horse comfort and pressure distribution.

Crafted from supple leather with stainless steel hardware, this beautiful bridle is full of thoughtful details, including a protective flap behind the noseband buckle and extra-fine black topstitching throughout. It comes with 5/8"W x 54"L rubber-lined leather reins with hand stops. Browband is 1" wide; 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.


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.

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.