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GraceLikeRain
Aug. 9, 2011, 08:35 PM
Anyone want to help me shop for a bridle to go on my birthday wish list?


Ms. Mare been in her $40 replacement Suffolk bridle since her Stubben was stolen last year. Honestly the Suffolk was surprisingly nice but I am ready for something a bit more fun.

Wish List:
1. Under $250 ideally under $200 (does not need to include reins)
2. THICK noseband with or without flash
3. Quality leather
4. Crank noseband or a sufficiently padded noseband that won't rub
5. comfort crown piece or at least designed with some attention to the placement of the ears.

Anyone know of anything that would meet the requirements?


Ms. Mare:
http://i1222.photobucket.com/albums/dd486/GraceLikeRain1990/misc/ModleBehavior.jpg
http://i1222.photobucket.com/albums/dd486/GraceLikeRain1990/misc/GeorgousPaxton.jpg

ThoroughbredFancy
Aug. 9, 2011, 09:22 PM
Cute mare.


I'm always drooling over Kieffer bridles...


http://www.equestriancollections.com/storeitems.asp?department=Horses&bc=4442&cc=7000

They have varying styles of brow bands as well.

Galadriël Fëfalas
Aug. 10, 2011, 06:16 AM
Search for Bespoke Browbands on FB, they can make you a bridle to your own specs

paintlady
Aug. 10, 2011, 11:21 AM
I absolutely love my Anky dressage bridle. It fits all of your criteria too - quality leather (Pittards), padded crown, crank and wide noseband.

I got mine on Black Friday for 70% off from Equestrian Collections. Good luck finding a deal like that again! I did see one at Middleburg Tack Exchange - horse size, new with tags - for $149 this past weekend. No reins or flash. List price is normally around $240, so the Middleburg one was a steal if they still have it.

http://www.middleburgtack.com/

Here is what the bridle looks like:
http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.asp?pn=X1-12687&ids=333024840

GallantGesture
Aug. 10, 2011, 11:35 AM
I love the leather on Vespucci bridles, and the one I have has held up really well for 5 or 6 years now. I'm a fan :)
http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.asp?pn=X1-12165

HCF
Aug. 10, 2011, 11:53 AM
I have the Kieffer padded crown bridle from DE and I really like it. I use it every day and it still cleans up beautifully for shows.

http://www.dressageextensions.com/ProductDetail.asp?KEY=20321

RobinL
Aug. 10, 2011, 12:01 PM
I have a Vespucci that fits the bill. Quality leather, comfort one piece crown, well padded french caveson (pad under jaw as well) and under $200.....

enthusiasm_exceeds_ability
Aug. 10, 2011, 06:44 PM
Maybe try calevo.com. I've found they have some great deals and are really reliable in terms of shipping. And we get it tax free because outside the EU.

Hampton Bay
Aug. 10, 2011, 06:50 PM
I had a Kieffer that I really liked too. The cheap SP bridles are pretty nice, so the pricier ones should be even nicer.

BMargieRad
Aug. 10, 2011, 06:55 PM
A bought this bridle and am very pleased with it

http://www.jerrysharnessshop.com/showtime.html

Bugs-n-Frodo
Aug. 10, 2011, 07:06 PM
I LOVE my Kieffer! I use it everyday and have had it for 4 1/2 years. This is the other snaffle I want, specifically for shows (http://www.dressageextensions.com/ProductDetail.asp?KEY=2149) and I am also going to be looking for a double as well. Maybe This one. (http://www.dressageextensions.com/ProductDetail.asp?KEY=2138)

scubed
Aug. 10, 2011, 08:23 PM
Have had Kieffers over the years and loved them, but also look at Five Star Tack, totally drool-worthy.

GraceLikeRain
Aug. 11, 2011, 10:50 AM
Thanks for the suggestions!

It looks like Kieffer is definitely a brand to try out, people seem to consistently like the quality of their bridles.


I looked at calevo.com (by the way I didn't realize just how weak the dollar has become...so scary) and while many of their items are out of my price range I LOVE:http://www.calevo.com/cgi-bin/calevo/process/locale/en_US/page/1050122.html

Thoughts?

JanDinWA
Aug. 11, 2011, 04:20 PM
We've bought some nice bridles from JustBridles.com. They have various brands and are reasonably priced. The best thing is they allow you to buy different pieces of the bridle in different sizes in order to get the best fit for your horse.

enthusiasm_exceeds_ability
Aug. 11, 2011, 06:32 PM
I'm working in Australian dollars and LOVING the shopping. However, I checked and with shipping the bridle you picked (wehich is also the one I thought of when I read your requirements) comes to $200 US. That's with shipping to Australia. Shipping to the US is 25 euros so about $189 US with arrival 7 - 21 days.

Edited to add:
I don't work for Calevo, and have no dog in this fight. Just that I know what a pain it can be sorting out exchange rates and getting stung for shipping.

fjording
Aug. 11, 2011, 08:41 PM
I have a Kieffer bridle that is EXACTLY what you want XD
It is a Kieffer Steffen Peters. I bought it from an Ebay seller in Germany.
It has an extra wide padded crank noseband, Padded crown piece. Black, and SO pretty.
This is it

http://cgi.ebay.de/Neuware-KIEFFER-Trense-Steffen-Peters-/370476933506?pt=Zaumzeug&var=&hash=item950382ef6e

Flap15
Aug. 11, 2011, 11:04 PM
Nothing to contribute in terms of the bridle but I wanted to say how pleased I've been with Calevo. Everything has been reasonably priced and arrived at my door within 10 days of ordering. If you find something you like on their website I would say to go for it!

GraceLikeRain
Aug. 11, 2011, 11:21 PM
I have a Kieffer bridle that is EXACTLY what you want XD
It is a Kieffer Steffen Peters. I bought it from an Ebay seller in Germany.
It has an extra wide padded crank noseband, Padded crown piece. Black, and SO pretty.
This is it

http://cgi.ebay.de/Neuware-KIEFFER-Trense-Steffen-Peters-/370476933506?pt=Zaumzeug&var=&hash=item950382ef6e


Ugh..drool.collapse...die.. that is exactly what I want. The brow band might be a bit much for her but I wanted to get a plaited black leather one any way. I might just save up a bit longer and go for that.

Anyone have an opinions about the Steffan Peters versus the Ergonomics III?

myrna
Aug. 11, 2011, 11:29 PM
Bobby's english bridles.

Hampton Bay
Aug. 12, 2011, 01:26 PM
Bobby's english bridles.

Eeeeek, no. Mine was horrible. Very very tiny, stiff leather, cracked easily on the nose and brow. Super short reins too. Never did soften up with oiling. I sold it at a big loss from its clearance price, only used a few times.

Gracie
Aug. 12, 2011, 03:40 PM
Another vote for Jerrys.

They will also customize, mix-match sizes, to your specifications. Very pleasant to work with.