Has anyone owned one of these? Are they okay for schooling bridles? I need an inexpensive schooling bridle, but I want something that is sturdy enough for young TBs. The last schooling bridle I bought lasted about a day.
I had one and it was great I wasn't expecting much at that price, and bought it solely as a schooling bridle. The leather was much better than I anticipated, and it was much nicer looking than I anticipated too.
I was pretty surprised, given that it was about $40.
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I have one also. Bought it for schooling and it's held up well. Leather tends to be a bit dry and stiff, but better than I thought it would be for the price. Attractive enough bridle to leave on for the little shows or riding in nasty weather. Has held up well with minimal care.
Got one for a schooling bridle. Wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. A couple of coats of oil softened the leather nicely, it's reasonably well constructed and I don't at all have the feeling that it will disintegrate the first time it gets any pressure at all. Perfectly adequate for a daily schooling bridle.
I did replace the browband; my horse needed a slightly larger one. Got a cheap brass clincher brow, and paid almost as much for that as I did for the rest of the bridle!
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Also - check out this bridle at Miller's. I bought this as a back up to my other bridle (I use one for schooling and competition). It comes with reins, is super affordable, and a great, classically styled, padded bridle for the money. http://millerharness.com/product.asp...sage+Bridle_E_
They have other bridles as well that are cheaper, but they are not padded.
I have two of the Dover circuit bridles and they are both beautiful bridles, but need lots of initial oiling. I also have their circuit cc saddle and it's also a really nice saddle for the price, so I think the suffolk would be fine for schooling, probably better than most others you'd find at that price.
I've had mine for almost two years and it's the only bridle I use for Sam... I'm planning on getting a better bridle soon when I can afford a really nice one, but the Suffolk is actually very nice for that price. It's held up well, softened up with some conditioner and not much of a visual difference from the high-end bridles unless you get up close and personal with it. (:
I also had to get a bigger browband--but because the bridles are so cheap, I bought a cob bridle and a horse bridle, and mix-and-matched the parts. Now his bridle's getting small on him (must be his expanding brain) so I'm just going to swap out more cob for horse parts. Definitely a plus of the cheap bridle. (: I also always have a backup pair of reins because of that...