View Full Version : Looking for regular snaffle bridle with brass hardware! IMPOSSIBLE

Mar. 24, 2010, 02:30 PM
So my baby has grown out of his cob sized 'training' bridle and I am ready to make my first investment in a quality bridle. However, I am specific to what I need. :D My boy does not have an issue with keeping his mouth closed so I don't need a crank noseband nor a flash. Can you believe how hard it is to find a regular snaffle bridle in black with brass hardware?? :eek: I have scoured Bobby's Tack, to Smartpak to KL Select. No one carries (or makes) a regular bridle with brass hardware! My boy is bright chestnut, so the gold hardware is a MUST (I think he looks stunning in it).

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!
I am in Boston, but will take suggestions from our neighbors abroad if there is a website!

Mar. 24, 2010, 02:32 PM
Try Dressage Extensions:



Mar. 24, 2010, 02:40 PM
Mine is from St. George Tack and is black with brass.

Mar. 24, 2010, 02:54 PM
Check out Dressage Extensions and Schneider's Tack. Both carry bridles with brass buckles & trim.

Mar. 24, 2010, 02:58 PM
Keiffer has one... Nunn Finer may also have one. I had an event horse w/a fancy black bridle w/brass fittings and it may have come from NunnFiner.

Also, Advanced Saddlery in NH does some semi-custom to custom bridles. I have seen some that are lovely! And I think you can get the options you are looking for.

Happy shopping!

Mar. 24, 2010, 03:03 PM
I have one I'm thinking about getting rid of... but it's got a flash. Funny... it was an accident and I much rather have silver hardware.

Pony Fixer
Mar. 24, 2010, 03:08 PM
Jerry's Harness for sure has one.


This "regular" headstall is shown in brass.
They have other (better) bridles as well, the leather is ridiculous. I have an all-in-one double, and just ordered the same in a snaffle bridle. I'm partial to stainless, but also did not want a flash. He'll make whatever you want!

Mar. 24, 2010, 03:11 PM
What Pony Fixer said -- I bought a bridle from Jerry's many years ago, and it has held up phenominally. Wonderful quality!


Mar. 24, 2010, 03:45 PM
Nunn Finer's custom event bridle comes with brass hardware (and you can get it sans flash too). I have the Bartville Tack version, and the leather is quite nice.

Mar. 24, 2010, 03:56 PM
I second Bartville tack too. Good quality and you can get it totally customized.

Mar. 24, 2010, 04:06 PM
Thanks everyone!
Just got off the phone with the gentleman from St. Georges- what a delightful person! He has 2 french made bridles that fit my description! And he is only an hour from here!

Thanks everyone!

Mar. 24, 2010, 05:46 PM
Dover has the Elevator for sale for $249. It's only in cob size, but I bought this exact bridle, and it's a fairly large cob. No flash and brass buckles (I was actually expecting silver when I bought it...)


Mar. 24, 2010, 06:02 PM
I don't use a crank or flash either. When I bought a bridle with the flash piece, I had my tack repair person ever-so carefully remove the loop and re-stitch the noseband. Worked perfectly.


Mar. 24, 2010, 06:45 PM
Are you sure you want brass - it's hell to keep it from going green!

Mar. 25, 2010, 09:50 AM
I never thought of that Equibrit- but with proper cleaning like any other tack- is it easy to maintain?

Shoten- that may be next option of the one I am going to look at does not work.

Mar. 25, 2010, 09:58 AM
Strange, I never have problem with the brass on my dressage bridle... Never cleaned the them... Just the bridle... Or maybe because I use it only for show?

Mar. 25, 2010, 11:28 AM
There's a product called "Nevr-Dull", comes in a blue can, that shines up brass & other metal just fine. I believe there's a product called "Barkeeper's Friend" made specifically for brass.

You won't have any trouble keeping your brass fittings shiny!

Mar. 25, 2010, 11:56 AM
Try Dressage Extensions:



Just order it, can't wait for its arrival.

Mar. 25, 2010, 12:20 PM
Brass polish doesn't need to get on to leather, and you can't get the green off the bits under the leather. That is, if it is genuine brass and not that shiney fake stuff.

Mar. 25, 2010, 12:25 PM
Bobby's has a black dressage dressage bridle with brass fittings. I have this same bridle in brown - very nice and the brass hasn't turned green on me yet. You can just clip off the leather attachment for the flash if you don't need it. The noseband is not a crank one either.


Mar. 25, 2010, 07:52 PM
Nevr-Dull is "wadding". Some sort of cottony stuff impregnated with something that helps polish metal. I'd use the Nevr-Dull first, then clean the leather. That way, if there's anything "bad' in the wadding, you remove it when you clean the leather.

Mar. 25, 2010, 10:36 PM
My Jerrys brass on brown leather is great. I have never had an issue with greening and a simple wipe with tack polishing cloths sparkles them up.

Yikes this is post 6666!

Mar. 25, 2010, 10:54 PM
Are you sure you want brass - it's hell to keep it from going green!

LOL, that's what elbow grease was invented for !! that, and those little obnoxious stiff brushes - and personally, I find a well-broomed toothpick end to be helpful in getting in and around the leather covered parts.

Brass is beautiful if kept well, enjoy!

Mar. 27, 2010, 01:57 AM
I bought a gorgeous black bridle with very fancy brass buckles from these folks at the IALHA national show last year. I don't see it on their website, but I'm sure that if you contact them, they can help you out. I think they called it a Portuguese dressage bridle.

www.elsuenoespanol.com (http://www.elsuenoespanol.com)

Mar. 27, 2010, 11:53 AM
This will set you back a little though-SRS replica, brass, regular noseband

Mar. 29, 2010, 03:54 PM
I've had my St. George bridle for 7 years now. It is used daily and still looks beautiful - a great piece of tack!

Jul. 31, 2010, 11:42 PM
I like this place-esp the Stubben bridles, which you can get any way you want. Each one has options, the 1700 has lots of options. And they do have other bridles with a plain noseband.

Aug. 5, 2010, 04:45 AM
This guy hand makes the most exquisite bridles, they are absolutely beautiful. Postage to the USA is about $25NZD. The leather is buttery soft and absolutely top quality. You choose all your fittings/browband/noseband etc to suit and he makes it.

Expensive...but will last for many many years. All the prices are in NZD (deduct about 35% to get USD amount I think)