I've been doing some thinking about this one. The concept makes sense, but do you guys think they're really on to something or is it a bit of a gimmick? It's only $170 at Dover Saddlery, so worth trying. Only problem is they don't have it in black so I won't be ordering it! Just wondering what everyone's thoughts are, it looks like a cool innovation.
I used it with my horse and it made a world of difference for him, but it is a bit funny looking. I have heard from others that the leather quality is not good, but I haven't seen bridles in that price range with anything nicer with regards to the leather quality. The only frustrating thing for me is that I can't use my fulmer with it --well, I probably could, but there is no way to add keepers. I have no complaints thus far. Easy to clean, significant improvement for my green horse and not a bad price. The multi bridle is not legal for showing, nor are bit clips, but the competition bridle is legal.
I have the competition bridle, and it's been a big help getting my Arab to be more consistent in the contact. I agree the leather quality is not the greatest, but with a lot of conditioning it's okay.
Pay close attention to the instructions and expect to fiddle with the sizing a bit. I didn't think the chin strap was long enough for my Arab, but it turns out that piece is supposed to fit very snugly.
It's the kind that has a loop in the front you can use to lunge the horse before you get on, dunno if he still makes those. BUT it is a great bridle. I have had it for over 20 yrs, and have used it pretty steadily all this time. I have had to replace the bit hooks/straps twice in that time and had to have the drop noseband buckle replaced recently, but it has been a great bridle.
I am currently using it on my guy as it has the drop noseband which he needs. and he is going great in it.
So YMMV, but the one I have is very well made and very useful.
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Any ideas where I can buy/order the competition bridle? Not much point in getting the multibridle if it isn't legal for shows, so thanks for pointing that out. For that price I don't mind the poorer leather quality, thanks for the tips everyone! Now if only I can get hold of a black competition version
EDITED: I spoke with a representative for the FEI rules, and it doesn't matter which one you use, as long as the action is the same (and no bit clips). I stand corrected! Also, a little excited about that because it would be handy to only need one piece of equipment to do several tasks.
Originally Posted by rememberthenight
The multibridle is legal as long as you don't use bit clips. I got mine through smatpak.
Last edited by Luna; Mar. 8, 2013 at 02:32 PM.
Reason: I'm a boob.
FYI - if you care about color, only the competition bridle is available in black.
Not true, I just bought a black multibridle (comes without reins), and was freaking because I thought I had wasted my $$ for a bridle I can't show in. [Well, actually I was going to cover over the ring with some black duct tape or electrician's tape and try to pass it by the stewards/tack checker (eta: I still might do that, just so the judge doesn't have a bright gold spot to stare at while my mare is flinging herself around the dressage ring )]
I also have the brown competition bridle that I used all last summer without a problem or a comment that I had a BLACK dressage saddle, so I have that option too.
Thank You, rememberthenight Luna, for clarifying!!! Now I cna be colour-coordinated-black w/ black for dressage and brown w/ brown for the jumping phases
Last edited by fanfayre; Mar. 8, 2013 at 06:14 PM.
Reason: an afterthought about the nosering