Bought a new show bridle (as if I needed one) and it come a medium brown. It's an Arc De Triomphe Gazelle. Apparently it's their lower quality line. I have an Imperial and would agree the Gazelle is lesser, but it's still really freakin' nice.
|ADT Gazelle - brown|
It did not lighten. It was dark. Very dark. I happened to have some black stirrups at home, hanging. I assembled the bridle and hung it next to the stirrups. Same color, same shade. AHHHHHHH!!!
Totally made me sick to my stomach for like 3 days.
|Seriously oiled bridle|
|Sorry for the blur, we were moving|
In the meantime, I thought I'd bring it to the barn and (ab)use it. I usually ride without gloves and while the bridle is super soft and supple now (yay!) I was definitely riding with oily hands. Fortunately, Sam was very, very good yesterday and I didn't have to use any force with my reins. Bridle is now home awaiting rice, since it's probably not safe to ride with slick reins. :)
I grabbed a few shots of the bridle on Sam. It actually looks pretty good on him, though I wish it had a hint of brown to it still. It does exactly match the center pommel/seat and panels of my saddle which are pretty darn near black (but still brown).
What do you think?
Interestingly enough, in many of my show photos which are all of my other show bridle (Courbette) it often looks black. It is very dark, but does have a slight havana tint to it. It's more obvious in brighter lighting, but even the picture of my last post, it looks black.