Sep 3, 2020

Different Bridle making and manufacturing methods

Bridle making methods Long time followers of my page may have read my blog post a few years ago about different bridle making. The industry has evolved since then so I now feel the need to update it especially with the influx of bridles carrying the highly powerful marketing tags including “bespoke” “handmade” “made to

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Oct 4, 2017

What actually is the difference between a manufactured bridle and a handmade bridle?

I am often asked what the difference is between a manufactured bridle and a handmade bridle. The short answer is time, manufactured bridles, while made by people so could be classed as “handmade”, are made on a production line. One person cuts a batch of about 15 bridle parts out, the next stains and polishes,

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Apr 3, 2015

A fast motion video of a bridle being hand made

I often say that all my bridles are bespoke and hand made, however nowadays these terms are very over used. To clarify what these words mean to me I filmed myself making a bridle over two days and made it into a fast motion film. Proof if needed that bridles from me are truly made

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Nov 14, 2014

How To Assemble an IR Crank Noseband

A crank noseband is probably the most complicated part of a bridle to put back together once cleaned. Follow my guide to put your IR crank noseband back together again to make it easier to buckle up on the horse and to ensure the buckle sits on the crank pad. Step One: Start by flipping

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Nov 12, 2014

Steps involved in making a bridle by hand

Not only are IR Bridles hand crafted, they are designed to last. No part of the bridle is left out when thinking of the comfort of the horse and rider. Each IR Bridle starts with the very best in English bridle leather which has a straight edge cut into it, then the strips for the

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Sep 29, 2014

Best bridle leather

Every few weeks I take a little trip up to Walsall to collect my favourite best bridle leather from J & E Sedgwicks which allows me to personally select the leather that will be handcrafted into IR Bridles. The main reasons I do this journey is to be able to guarantee I buy the best hides

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Sep 2, 2014

Machine stitched or hand stitched?

One of the largest benefits to having a bridle handmade is that it will be almost entirely stitched by hand. This means the threads actually pass through the leather from the front to the back and vice-versa at every stitch. If one stitch is worn away, the rest do not loosen but continue to hold

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Jun 16, 2014

The Importance of Anatomy in Bridle Design

There has been huge movements forward in understanding saddle fitting and designs in the last decade or so, but we are only recently doing the same with bridles. IR Bridles strives to be at the forefront of bridle design especially as each bridle is made specifically for each horse there is scope to adjust the

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May 2, 2014

Care of IR Bridles

Care of IR Bridles Bridles nowadays are made up of a variety of different materials which needs to be taken into consideration when cleaning and caring for them. General Care  When new, an IR Bridle is very stiff, which shows the quality of the Sedgwicks leather it has been made from. Through care and use

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Mar 10, 2014

Refurbishing a piece of 100 year old history

While training towards qualification as a saddler, I was on the lookout for a sewing machine. Not just any sewing machine but the cast iron No 6 Harness Machine made by The British United Shoe Machinery Company.

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