View Full Version : Dressage Bridles for under $300
May. 20, 2012, 02:17 PM
Which are your favorites? I'm looking for leather quality first and foremost. Is there one that can hold up to use as a schooling bridle and still look good, after a cleaning, as a show bridle? Thanks!
May. 20, 2012, 08:58 PM
I have had my Red Barn bridle for two years and it has held up great. It took a few months to really soften up, but now it's really soft. It's definitely show-worthy. The only thing I would do before a show is change out the brow band for some bling.
May. 20, 2012, 09:23 PM
I have 2 from www.delfinasaddlery.com, they sell them on ebay cheaper than listed on their website. The leather quality is fantastic, the padding is really nice and soft. I have had my bridles 1-2 years and they have held up well without any problems. And they let you mix and match bridle parts for a perfect fit!
May. 20, 2012, 09:44 PM
I highly recommend the Showtime bridle from Jerry's Harness Shop. I got one earlier this year and I am in love with it. It is quality leather, well padded and beautiful to boot. And most importantly my horse loves it.
May. 20, 2012, 10:47 PM
Check out www.hastilowusa.com. I got two bridles there for my horses and they are really quality English leather, supple, comfortable. One I have been using for about 5 years and it still looks brand new, and the other I got a couple years ago, a little different style, that suits my warmblood quite well.
What I also like about them is that they will semi-custom make them for your horse. My TB has an average head length but a slender nose, which I had not been able to fit with a standard bridle. Hastilow agent sold me the reg. size headstall with a cob size nose band. They will fit cheek pieces, etc. to your horse as needed too. They are in the price range you mentioned. They stand up to cleaning quite well (mine still look almost brand new despite almost daily use).
May. 21, 2012, 08:28 AM
I got the Dover Warendorf Deluxe bridle and I've been pleased with it. It was $20 cheaper when I bought it though.
May. 21, 2012, 08:49 AM
Fivestar Tack makes lovely bridles. http://fivestartack.com/Dressage-Bridles/
I have also always liked Kieffer bridles. For example http://www.smartpakequine.com/kieffer-ergonomic-ii-dressage-bridle-9918p.aspx?cm_mmc=paidfeeds-_-froogle-_-NA-_-2109722520
May. 21, 2012, 08:50 AM
There´s a shop on ebay who sells some nice Passier bridles for under $300
It's a good shop, too, they have quick delivery and good quality stuff.
May. 21, 2012, 09:41 AM
I have a Jerry's Showtime bridle also. Best quality for the price IMHO. I use mine every day and it still looks new. And, you can have it made to fit your horse at no extra charge. Measuring templates are on www.jerrysharnessshop.com.
May. 21, 2012, 11:03 AM
You didn't specify snaffle or double but I am a fan of the bridles from Bartville Harness Shop. Their stitching is not super tiny but the leather quality is very, very good! The bridles hold up well, are certainly attractive enough and can be done as a full custom for the same amount of $$ as a standard size/off the rack.
All 4 of the bridles below are custom orders. We splurge and buy a browband separately. None of them were more than $150 fwiw.
May. 21, 2012, 11:18 AM
That's not a Bartville noseband on the lovely handsome chestnut on the right ;) is it?
I love their bridlework but I don't like the skinny nosebands.
May. 21, 2012, 02:24 PM
:lol: Good eyes retrofit! I thought he was in the brown snaffle that day and didn't blow it up, just attached and posted! :D Whoops! That noseband was a Passier and cost more than the bits, headstall, cheek pieces and reins all put together! For some reason I thought he was in brown tack that day - which means the whole shebang is a Bartville except the browband.
Here is the photo I was meaning to put up -
May. 21, 2012, 02:58 PM
I also highly recommend Jerry's. I have All In One and Showtime bridles, and they are super quality.
May. 21, 2012, 04:06 PM
I got a Bobby's bridle from JustBridles.com and really like it. It was about $200 for a double bridle, less if you bought the snaffle version. The great thing about JustBridles.com is that you can buy the bridle in pieces so you can custom fit your bridle. They also show you how to measure your horse. My bridle has some cob sized pieces, full sized pieces, and an oversized browband. Their customer service is also fantastic!
May. 21, 2012, 04:34 PM
I got a very nice black leather snaffle bridle complete with web reins, padded caveson & flash from Dressage Extensions nearly 10 years ago.
It was a last-minute purchase for a schooling show and cost, IIRC, around $125.
All these years later - now on horse #3 - it is still a nice bridle.
I just scrolled through their current bridle listings and did not see the exact same one, but you might call them.
I think it was English-made, but could be wrong.
May. 29, 2012, 12:39 PM
One more question--are reins with stops acceptable for showing? Thanks for all your help!
May. 30, 2012, 09:49 PM
As far as the reins with stops question, I use reins with stops in the dressage phase of Eventing at USEA recognized horse trials and it's never been a problem. I can't see why it would be at a USDF show either. You can always cut them off. I have a Bobby's English Tack Bridle. I have had it for 7 years now and it has held up beautifully. It's great quality leather and fits a variety of horses-the "Full" size fits my 15hh Appendix mare and my 17.2hh Irish Sport Horse. http://www.marystack.com/bobbys-english-tack-padded-snaffle-bridle.html?cmp=googleproducts&kw=bobbys-english-tack-padded-snaffle-bridle
May. 30, 2012, 10:19 PM
I just got a bobbies rolled bridle on sale for 130. It's gorgeous! Even my vet (a reiner) complemented it, which he's never done before. :lol: I am getting lots or "ooo-lala" and people want to touch it!