Anyone know of any brands other than Collegiate that make QH-sized bridles? As in, generally cob-sized in cheeks/noseband but with a horse-sized browband? I need a new bridle for my guy, but hate having to try to mix-and-match to fit his bulging brainy forehead. I know Collegiate makes a QH size, and am not opposed to that one, but just want to get other options.
Edgewood will allow you to get different piece sizes, and justbridles.com also has that option on a lot of their bridles. My horse wears a Edgewood cob in the nose, but a horse sized cheek and browband.
I've had to mix and match, since my mare has a small horse sized head lengthwise, a larger/full sized nose, and an oversized browband. I lucked out, and got a Hadfields off eBay for $200, and a Smartpak browband matches almost perfectly. Yes, my 16hh horse really does need a 16" browband, lol.
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I ordered a bridle for my qh from justbridles.com.I ordered the aramas fancy stitched padded bridle in pieces so I could get o/s reins and browband, cob cheek pieces and horse size headstall and noseband.
Thanks everyone! Justbridles is awesome--I realized that they have my current bridle on there, and all I really need are shorter cheekpieces and my bridle will be perfect again. Super smart idea on their part, and I love that they have a size chart for all the parts of every bridle. Ordering new cheekpieces now!
The Collegiate QH bridle does not come with cob cheek pieces and horse size browband, it is the same size as their regular bridles it just comes with the 60" reins instead of the regular length ones.
My mom had that problem with her QH and she ordered from Bit of Britain where you can get the different sizes of the pieces. He has cob size cheeks, horse sized nose, oversize browband and regular reins.
Smartpak bridles are great- I have two Harwich bridles for my paint mare. If you need a different size browband, cheek, ect you can call them. FWIW the horse size fits my mare really well without any changes. They also offer regular or long reins. The quality is fabulous, the bridles look like they cost 3x what they did.
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