How to Dye a Leather Bridle Part 2

How to Dye a Leather Bridle Part 2

Last week, I showed you how easy it was to dye a leather bridle. I had purchased this vintage pony bridle that was a perfect match for our vintage 1950’s pony saddle except for one thing. It was the wrong color.How to Dye a leather bridle Today I am going to show you my finished product but before we get to that I would like to go over a few of the products  that I forgot to mention.

Products and Tools for Dying a Leather Bridle

Last week I forgot to mention one very important tool when dying a leather bridle. Gloves. Yes gloves, I had an old pair of surgical type gloves, and when I say old, I mean old. First of all, they where not the correct size, they were way to big. Second they had been in the box way too long and started to dissinagrate and fall apart. After a few minutes of frustration, I donned my gloves and went commando! Yep, I dyed my leather bridle with bare hands. Guess what, that was 2 weeks ago that I dyed my leather bridle and I still have bits of black dye imbedded in my finger nails and cuticals. Loud and clear, you need well fitting gloves, with out tiny holes.

Another helpful tool is alcohol. No I don’t advise grabbing a glass of wine or your favorite beer for this project, you need plain ol’ rubbing alcohol. Prior to dying the leather, you need to strip the leather of any oils so the dye can penetrate. I unfortunately did not do this but my bridle was pretty old and dry to start with. For a new bridle, that has been recently oiled, I would recommend this.

Well that’s it for today, I bet you want to see my final result. Well the wait is over, here it is.

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I just love the old, new bridle. It is a great match for the 1950’s pony saddle that it is to be paired with and perfect for up  coming to dye a leather bridle 3How to dye a leather bridle 1 I will be writing about upcoming projects in the months to come as they unfold, so stay tuned for that.

Until Next Time, Happy Trails

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  1. Amazing result, Lisa! Oh you made me laugh so hard with your advice about having some alcohol handy, haha! Though I think that a glass of red one to celebrate after finishing this project would be in order, right?

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Delia you got that right, a big glass of red to celebrate the end of this project.

  2. I wish I had a horse, really… I enjoyed the article and the pictures!

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Thank you so much Clara! Keep coming back to the blog, there will be lots of horse pictures and stories. By the way, love your blog!

  3. Annie James

    Well Darlin’ you did it! Good job!! I think I would have had a little something in my flask to get through this project. Keep up the good work!

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Annie I have no doubt you would have had a little something in your flask. Thanks for stopping by cowgirl!

  4. I’m thinking a long soak in a hot tub with that red wine will get your nails looking new! 😉 LOL

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Kristina, you are a wise gal! I will get right to that this evening! Thanks for your comment!~ Happy Trails

  5. I love the horse, he looks so proud showing off his leather stuff

    • Lisa J. Hoover

      Yes, she is proud of her new get up, thanks for commenting!

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