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Jul. 24, 2009, 10:18 PM
I need advice on purchasing a dressage bridle..does anyone have recommendations? My budget is under $175 and im only willing to go over that if its a SUPER DUPER WHOPPER nice bridle!:) here are my top picks so far...

1. Crown Padded Flash Bridle $99.90

2.Kieffer Belinda Dressage Bridle $169.90

3. Suffolk dressage bridle $49.90

Jul. 24, 2009, 11:00 PM



Jul. 24, 2009, 11:02 PM
I bought a slightly used Courbette that seems very nice. VTO's having a sale on them right now, it would appear http://www.vtosaddlery.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=VTO&Product_Code=CBB0&Category_Code=

Jul. 24, 2009, 11:50 PM
I have the Kieffer Belinda and I loff it! Nice leather, nice soft padding-really quality bridle. Mine is padded with navy blue and looks amazing on my liver chestnut. Cleans beautifully, and I never had to oil it at all (I just got it last month), just clean and lederbalsam. My only complaint is the web reins it came with, but those are easy enough to replace, and most come with web reins instead of leather.

IDK if you're near a Dover store, but I paid about $20 less in the store-$147, I think.

Jul. 25, 2009, 12:54 AM
I just got a Kieffer and love it. It has little rhinestones in the brow and the buckles are smaller so it's very flattering on your horse. the leather is soft. Can't remember the model, but got it at Dressage Extensions.

Jul. 25, 2009, 12:54 AM
I have posted about how much I adore Jerry's Harness Shop and their products, and no, I do not work for Jerry!:D

Most of my bridles are from Jerry's Harness Shop, and I LOVE THEM the most! The oldest ones that I have are about 9 years old, still in perfect condition even though they are used regularly, and I would show in any of them (and do!). I prefer his leather quality, craftsmanship, and service over any. They are super quality!

On two of my double bridles have his ultra nice synthetic reins with leather at the buckle ends and leather stops. These are the best reins in the world! They look like leather, feel like leather, but are not slippery when wet. They clean up with a water dampened cloth. If I ever need to order another quality bridle again (not cheapies for starting babies), I would order a Jerry's Harness synthetic bridle.

1.) Snaffle Headstall with solid brass or stainless steel buckles (sharp!) in cob, f/s, or o/s: $59.00

2,) Cavesson (same options as headstall) plain: $44.00 with flash: $54.00
2.a) Crank Cavesson (same options) plain: $59.00 with flash: $69.00

3.) Reins: plain: $59.00 with leather grips: $76.00

I LOVE JERRY (!), and no, I have never even met him!

Jul. 25, 2009, 03:05 AM

1. Crown Padded Flash Bridle $99.90

3. Suffolk dressage bridle $49.90

These two are in the new sale catalog for $10 cheaper.



Jul. 25, 2009, 10:51 AM
I actually really liked the suffolk bridles on my mare, but just to forewarn you..if you have a big headed horse.. they won't fit!! The horse size really fits my more cob sized mare fine, but came no where CLOSE to fitting the bigger horse. He probably needs a warmblood size, but it didnt' even come close to fitting.

Henryisblaisin'!.... I'm been dying to get the navy padded bridle from Dover, but keep talking myself out of it. Can you notice the navy padding? I don't want something that's not navy and more royal blue, but at the same time...should I pay extra to get the navy padding if you can't really see it? I've got a really loud colored appy and the bling browbands are too much on him, but I thought the navy padding would be a way to be blingy without really being blingy ;)

Jul. 25, 2009, 09:21 PM
I purchased the Crown Padded Flash Bridle from Dover about 3 years ago. I've taken pretty good care of it and it still looks new.

Jul. 25, 2009, 09:26 PM
I love the Kieffer bridles - I think they are a great value for the quality, and look great, too!

Jul. 25, 2009, 09:44 PM
Keiffer! Oh yeah.

Jul. 25, 2009, 10:08 PM
The navy is very subtle, MUCH more dark slate blue than royal. I showed my really loud app in a plain bridle, but this would not have been too much-it looks awesome on my liver chestnut! I love it-I'm not into bling, but I love the look of black on dark blue.

Jul. 25, 2009, 11:18 PM
I have had really good luck with the Heritage comfort crown dressage (http://cgi.ebay.com/Heritage-English-Leather-Comfort-Bridle-Black-Size-Cob_W0QQitemZ270349042987QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Hor se_Wear_Equipment?hash=item3ef20f052b&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14.l1262&_trkparms=|293%3A3|294%3A30) bridles that can be purchased from ebay in the UK. The import time is really quick and comparable to other online tack purchases I have made.

The quality of the leather is nicer than the Courbette bridle I purchased.

I did not buy the reins because I had some already that I liked, I emailed and got the bridle for a little less w/o the reins. Double check your measurements before you order.

I looked at the Crown bridles at the Dover shop in Dallas and I thought the Heritage bridles were WAY better quality leather. I probably wouldn't bother with the Suffolk line. I didn't check out the Kieffer sorry.

Happy shopping!