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  1. #1
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    Default What type of show bridle do you use? Very interested to hear.

    I am interested in learning about what kind of bridle you use when showing on the circuit (local, A, or AA.) Although I am more interested in hunter bridles, I would also love to hear what the jumpers prefer as well. What do you feel looks best on a pony or a horse? Do you like fancy stitched? How about padding and size? Really interested in what you use when in the ring. Thanks in advance!



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    I have a Showmark because it was really cheap and couldn't afford a different one (yay sales!) my trainer has everyone else in my barn in five star bridles which are beautiful. before my current one I had an ADT that was perfect and beautiful
    yes to fancy stitch, padding depends on the horse and we do local, A and AA shows
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    My horse wears a pessoa flat wide noseband fancy stitched bridle in the hunters and a custom designed fancy stitched figure 8 in the jumpers.



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    Jumps in an older Jimmys and hacks in an edgewood because Im too lazy to switch bits, Id rather switch bridles
    ************************
    "I can't help but wonder,what would Jimmy Buffett do?"



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    Edgewood, ADT, BET, and Ovation.
    .אני יכול לעשות הכל על ידי אלוהים



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    Antares figure 8, of course for jumpers only! Also, just waiting for my new Dy'on Dressage Bridle to arrive.. very excited!



  8. #8
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    I have a Vespucci, Antares and D'yon bridle.

    All are flash bridles. Whatever one I show in depends on what bit I want to use.



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    Hadfield (wide noseband for one, and regular fancy stitched for the other)



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    My horse has a large head so I use the fancy stitch, padded in the hunter ring. I have the Red-Barn Fusion and love it. http://www.justbridles.com/index.php...d=167&parent=1

    It was fairly inexpensive, has held up well and I receive quite a few compliments.
    ~ Because sometimes you need a rainbow, butterfly, unicorn kitten.



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    I have a Red Barn Synergy bridle for hunter/eq classes. My horse loves it because of the unicrown, and I get tons of compliments on it- its super soft too. And the best part is I got it brand new on ebay for less than half of the normal price! I have a Dy'on figure-8 jumper bridle, which is the most gorgeous and soft piece of tack that I own. It was very expensive though



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    I have an ADT. It is super soft--almost too soft--but seems to hold up well so far. You have to be careful with Edgewoods--if you over oil them when they are new they stretch out badly. D'yon's are my fave.



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    I usually show in old New Calvary bridles, but my new guy is more cob sized and they don't fit. The bridle I need for him needs to be very narrow to suit his delicate head. So far I haven't found anything fine enough (1/2" noseband, mostly cob sized, but with a few horse-sized parts. I also have some Edgewoods, which are also too big for the new guy.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Kestrel View Post
    I usually show in old New Calvary bridles, but my new guy is more cob sized and they don't fit. The bridle I need for him needs to be very narrow to suit his delicate head. So far I haven't found anything fine enough (1/2" noseband, mostly cob sized, but with a few horse-sized parts. I also have some Edgewoods, which are also too big for the new guy.
    I haven't ordered anything from them, but Just Bridles lets you order the bridle piece-meal. That might be a solution for you. Just an idea.
    ~ Because sometimes you need a rainbow, butterfly, unicorn kitten.



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    All of my horses have Antares show bridles. I swear by them!
    Nine out of ten times, you'll get it wrong...but it's that tenth time that you get it right that makes all the difference.



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    Before I retired my mare, she showed in a square raised Showmark bridle which was very flattering for her quarter-horsey head, but I LOVE her in my old Edgewood - it actually seems to be flattering on almost any horse I put it on - though I joke that it is a reinvented Edgewood because I have had so much leather repair done on it over the years that the majority of it might not be fully Edgewood.



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    I love my wide noseband padded fancy stitched Bobby's. In the past, I've had an assortment of Edgewoods and a Pessoa wide noseband that I really liked.



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    I have a wide, padded, fancy stitched edgewood for my gigantor headed horse. And a plain padded edgewood for my petite headed horse.

    I also have an ovation that I use as a hack bridle that I get a lot of complements on and you really can't beat the quality for the price.



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    Edgewood, Aramas chocolate and Vespucci. All hunters all the time. I don't like the really wide nosebands as I ride TBs and mine have refined heads. Mostly square raised and fancy stitched.
    You don't scare me. I ride a MARE!



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    I have two Smartpak Harwich bridles that I show in- one is just the plain raised bridle, no fancy stitching or padding, just plain and simple. The other is the Harwich fancy stiched and padded bridle, I got it because it has a matching standing martingale. Both were soft right out of the box and fit well and are beautiful!
    Proudly Owned By Sierra, 2003 APHA/ PtHA Mare



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