If you are referring to the Antares bridle, it does not look or feel like "any other bridle" IMO. In fact the leather feels amazing before it is even oiled or broken in and as far as looking like others, it has a padded crown with extra fancy stitching on the crown as well as the little silver Antares button on the browband. Yes it has all the standard pieces though, cavesson, browband, reins, cheek pieces, how different can it be?
For $500 it is far superior in quality to the Beval Heritage, which is as expensive or more and a Hadfields will cost you about $700 minimum including reins. At least Antares reins are included in the price, a Hadfields will be over $400 plus reins start at about $275 and up. I think the Antares price is very reasonable for the quality.
I guess it came out wrong, the one I saw on display at the store was definetly very nice! I had a different feel in my mind for some strange reason! The padding was soft but the actual leather felt no different in my opinion.. No doubt they are worth it though! Maybee I will splurge at the Masters this year!
saddle- Amerigo and Crosby
bridle- Vespucci, Dover Circuit, Unk
girth- Northrun, Lettia schooling, Toklat schooling
martingale- Vespucci, Unk
horse boots- Beval, Dover Pro Sports, Woof, Dover Premier (I think I have sold over 4 pairs this summer)
field boots- Ariat
helmet- brown GPA is the only non-dead one right now.
saddle- Mondega Amara CC. (I am shopping for a second for Weaver)
bridle- Connamara Raised Bridle, Mondega Padded Hunter Bridle, MOndega Fancy Stitched Bridle
girth- Shedrow Fleece lined girth, and I have a couple of leather girths I have had for years but I have no idea what they are anymore
martingale (if have) - no name cheap ones that I use for schooling only
horse boots- Shedrow open front and ankles in Baby Blue and Black. I also have a tone of polo's
field boots- Ariat Crowne Pro Field boots, non zip
helmet- IRH ATH for schooling and CO Hampton for show.
bridle- equisport custom and antares... and some other random assorted schooling ones
girth- jimmy's, professional choice, antares, edgewood
martingale- antares and equisport custom
horse boots- T-boots, eskadrons, leather open fronts.
field boots- 2 pairs of ariats and elite grand prix's
helmet- CO GR8 and a GPA
saddle- Beval LTD & Beval Gladstone
bridle-Beval New Canaan & Wellington
girth- Leather fuzzy pony one (no idea of brand) & nylon fuzzy one (no idea of brand), Northrun Leather Girth
martingale (if have)- Beval
horse boots- Euro Prix (Heidi boots)
field boots- Vogel customs (no zippers.... YET)
helmet- CO GR8
Saddle: Dover Circuit Pro - soon to be BdH!
Bridle: Beval Heritage Figure-8, New Cavalry, Dover Circuit, Vespucci Figure-8 (never used), Crosby Excel, Cambridge, random bridle parts, and lots of bits (from no-name to Happy Mouth to Mikmar and everything in between)
Girth: SofTouch, RomaGel, Professional's Choice, Aramas, no-name leather and no-name neoprene
Breastplate: Crosby Excel (with standing attachment), Collegiate (?) with standing attachment and unknown brand (but nice) running attachment
Horse Boots: Weatherbeeta and Professional's Choice
Field Boots: Ariat
Helmet: Charles Owen and Troxel (soon to be replaced with another CO)
Last edited by pattnic; Aug. 28, 2008 at 04:02 PM.
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saddle- Pessoa Gen X
bridle- Pessoa Figure 8; Circuit; and some $35 schooling bridle that has lasted for 6 years!
girth- Pessoa; Professional's Choice synthetic
martingale (if have) - not sure, no name schooling
horse boots- Eskadrons; generic neoprenes
field boots- Effinghams
helmet- GPA Titium
bridle- Crosby w/ a dr bristol and a no name w/ a pelham, and several bits
girth- no name fleece, show no name leather
martingale (if have)- tory? leather
horse boots- Escadron, heidi, polos
field boots- Vogel
saddle- Amerigo Vega that I love!
bridle- Vespucci Fancy Padded etc. My extra reins are all Beval
girth- Just use schooling girths- I want a pro choice with sheepskin. Yummy.
martingale (if have)- Vespucci
horse boots- Bevals or Saratoga wraps
field boots- Ariat Crownes
helmet- GPA Titium- I kinda want a Speed Air