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indygirl2560
Mar. 19, 2011, 08:16 PM
I have a $50 smartpak credit and I need a new bridle. It needs to be good quality and look nice since I will be using it for shows. Currently, I've been borrowing my friend's Edgewood bridle for my lease horse and I love it; however, they are really expensive and if I can find something that's good quality, looks nice, and is cheaper that would be preferable!

Anyways, I know any decent quality bridle is probably going to be over $50, but I don't know what to get! Should I get the Plymouth fancy stitch bridle, the Harwich bridle, or should I save up for an Edgewood or something similar? Thoughts or advice?

Gnomeland
Mar. 19, 2011, 08:37 PM
I love the Harwich!

Bogie
Mar. 19, 2011, 08:40 PM
It got a good review on Tack Guru:

http://tackguru.com/2011/02/18/the-harwich-dressage-bridle-its-comparable-to-the-best/

Rio Blanco
Mar. 19, 2011, 08:42 PM
Definately recommend the Wellfleet over the Harwich - I have both and much prefer the Wellfleet because for not much more money, you get 3x the quality.

BAC
Mar. 19, 2011, 11:14 PM
I haven't seen the Smarkpak bridles but I love Edgewood. You can check ebay and www.premiertackoutlet.com (http://www.premiertackoutlet.com) for good prices on Edgewood.

Jamie2337
Mar. 19, 2011, 11:20 PM
I love, love, love my Harwich. Soft, supple and very very nice for the price!

STA
Mar. 20, 2011, 01:12 PM
Save your gift certificate for something else. Go to as local consignment shop or look at some of the links in the posts and you will find bridles at great prices. That premiretackoutlet site looks great.

Wizard of Oz's
Mar. 21, 2011, 01:23 AM
Too bad you're gift card wasn't to Dover. The Suffolk braided bridle, http://www.doversaddlery.com/suffolk-fancy-snaffle-bridle/p/X1-1287/cn/79/ , is surprisingly nice for the super-cheap price. Mine is very soft now (had it for about 6 months) and I even use it to show in, though I originally bought it as a schooling bridle.

mypaintwattie
Mar. 21, 2011, 01:32 AM
I love my Harwich plain raised bridle- the quality is as good or better than some of the $300 bridles out there.

indygirl2560
Mar. 22, 2011, 01:25 PM
Thanks for all the opinions! I'm strongly leaning towards the Harwich since I need something cheaper at this point but I'm also on the lookout for a nice used Edgewood....Anyone else want to chime in?

TarheelJD
Mar. 22, 2011, 06:06 PM
Another vote for the Harwich - I am really pleased with the quality for the price.

speculation07
Mar. 23, 2011, 11:15 AM
Love the Harwich... however my 16.2 TB who has a normal sized head was swimming in the Horse size I will order cob when I order another one!

JumpWithPanache
Mar. 23, 2011, 11:45 AM
I have the Harwich too! Love it! You cannot tell that it's a "cheap" bridle... even with all the Beval, Edgewood, Arc de Triomphe, etc. bridles that are in the barn.

Here's a picture (https://picasaweb.google.com/laura.molzon/TwoSpookyMaynards?authkey=Gv1sRgCNuHp7TinI2vSQ#553 2516053650791650)of it after I'd only used and cleaned/oiled two or three times. It's a lovely rich deep brown now, extremely soft and supple.

Palomino
Mar. 26, 2011, 03:05 AM
Another Harwich vote. I bought it last year and never ended up using it (I oiled it when I got it though). I pulled it out this year and figured I better use it for daily riding for awhile to "break it in". I used it for a couple weeks and decided it is already broken in nicely, and am going to save it to use as a show bridle along with my edgewood - (will use one for over fences and the other under saddle because I use 2 different bits).

woops
Mar. 26, 2011, 09:16 PM
They are great and last season I showwed some but use them for schooling and wow they hold up , look great too!!

Rio Blanco
Mar. 26, 2011, 09:28 PM
This is my mare in her Wellfleet Figure 8 bridle from SmartPak...
http://i1217.photobucket.com/albums/dd400/surprize89/DSC_0288.jpg