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  1. #1
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    Default Good quality Dressage bridle at affordable price?

    I am looking for a nice bridle for my 15h guy. I would like to keep it under $150.

    Just a regular noseband, with buckles - he has a nice bulky pony head with big cheeks etc so it can be a bit wider with a wider noseband....

    i would like it to be nice leather - soft - not waxy feeling.

    suggestions?
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    I have a black with silver trim from green river discount tack, its really nice wnd only $60 or less! I havegotten alot of compliments for it.

    Also connemara bridles from greenhawk.net are nice
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    I got one of these last summer on sale - it's really great quality for the price and looks very nice on my horse.

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    I know this is a little over your budget but it's $199 & wonderful features & quality for the price. Has a really wide, very soft crank noseband & soft padded crown that the noseband strap goes over. Really a nice bridle. I have 2 of them they are holding up very well.
    http://www.dressageextensions.com/Pr...l.asp?KEY=2166
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    For the price these are really nice--the Cob size tends to fit my Connemara Heads---but you will likely have to add a Horse Sized brow band.

    Snaffle: http://www.tackzone.com/catalog/dres...c-142_166.html

    Flash: http://www.tackzone.com/catalog/dres...c-142_235.html

    also check out the specials-usually some good deals.



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    I forgot this one. I found it online a couple of months ago. I think Dressage Extentions has this one also. Price is in your budget & it's beautiful with crystal browband & patent leather noseband.
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    The nicest softest and most padded bridle that I own is not my Kieffer it is a Heritage from the UK that I ordered off ebay. Turned out to cost @ 56.00 and shipping was maybe 15.00 at the time. It has the most wonderful padding and so I bought 3 different styles. I got my buddies to buy them as well. To see one is to love them.

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    I like the Rhinegold bridles I've been getting from the UK. They seem to fit my cobs better than others I've tried. They are within your budget.
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    thanks guys! some of these seem to look promising.....

    i wonder about the kieffers.. i have a kieffer bridle that i dislike.... it is waxy cheap leather and it broke several times..... i am wondering if it was just an anomaly....

    i will look into some of the others mentioned...

    thanks!



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    Quote Originally Posted by exvet View Post
    I like the Rhinegold bridles I've been getting from the UK. They seem to fit my cobs better than others I've tried. They are within your budget.
    do you have a link? it makes sense that they would fit cobs well since that is the land o cobs !



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    I waited for a sale, then got a FiveStarTack bridle.

    http://fivestartack.com/Dressage-Bri...ar-Bridle.html I got the Waverly model, but Horse/Full size was too big, but the lady at Five Star was fabulous and swapped out the too big cheekpieces and noseband for cob sized and it fits and looks lovely.

    The leather is really nice. As nice, if not nicer, than my Dobert bridles (and not the low end Stallmeister line, Classic).

    Since most of my leather bridles are Dobert, left from my saddle fitting days when I also sold them, it was a lot to try another brand but they had rave reviews from several friends.

    Bonus is that they donate to several organizations I like. http://fivestartack.com/Bridles-with-Benefits.html



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    I have a Crown bridle from Dover that I really like. I bought it over 10 years ago & use it daily. I think it's still less than $100.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitfield Farm Hanoverians View Post
    I know this is a little over your budget but it's $199 & wonderful features & quality for the price. Has a really wide, very soft crank noseband & soft padded crown that the noseband strap goes over. Really a nice bridle. I have 2 of them they are holding up very well.
    http://www.dressageextensions.com/Pr...l.asp?KEY=2166

    I second, third and fourth this suggestion. I have a Kieffer and have used it as my daily bridle, EVERY single day, for the past 5 1/2 years and it is wonderful still, I love it. I have and will continue to show in it. It looks great, still.
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    I have purchased mine through ebay (new from a tack store) and at

    http://www.snowhilltradesaddlery.co....php?Product=18

    If you click on the link "leatherwork" you'll see a wide variety of this brand available. I've had my double for four years and my plain snaffle for 3 years. The plain snaffle is in daily use and still looks great. I'm actually getting ready to order another one for my section C pony.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reefy! View Post
    I got one of these last summer on sale - it's really great quality for the price and looks very nice on my horse.

    http://www.smartpakequine.com/harwic...x?cm_vc=Search
    I just bought one of these, and I really like it!



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    Quote Originally Posted by *Teddy* View Post
    I have a black with silver trim from green river discount tack, its really nice wnd only $60 or less! I havegotten alot of compliments for it.

    Also connemara bridles from greenhawk.net are nice
    I have this one too! Love it. I got it for 40 incl reins. Equivalent to most 100 bridles.

    Also check out Crown. that is my other bridle and its very nice, slightly better then the green river tack bridle.



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    The Red Barn bridles are decent quality for the price. Also - if you are sure of your horse's size,don't be afraid to get on eBay and check out bridles there, I've gotten some great buys on new or lightly used bridles at 20 to 50% off regular price. One of my guys is in a Prestige bridle that I paid $140 for, and it is REALLY nice quality. I picked up a cob sized Schumacher bridle, brand new but missing tags, for $125 for one of my sales mares.

    Since I breed and sell horses, I'm always looking for nice quality deals.



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    Schneider's has some very nice bridles for great prices.

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    I have Rheingold, Heritage, Bobby's and Nunn Finer bridles.

    The Heritage is the best value IMO.
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