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    Default Made in the USA tack?

    I need a new Figure 8 bridle and prefer to buy goods made in the USA. Is Nunn Finer the only option?



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    You can buy from Bartville Harness. It's an Amish shop that makes the Nunn Finer tack. You'll save probably 30-40%.

    Is Five Star Tack made in the US? I think it is, and it's good stuff.
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    I looked at five star, but they don't say where it is made!



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    Tory Leather is also supposed to be US made; and I found a website for a place in Ohio named Tack Unlimited that is made in the USA. Perhaps tack making is now an Amish specialty because they still use horse-power?
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    The leather is English, and I'm not sure where it is actually made, but Five Star Tack is designed in the USA-- and really, really well too.


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    Five Star Tack is designed and run out of the USA, but I believe it is made in England. Exceptionally well made, but still made in England. I don't think you can beat the quality for the price.

    If you really want to stick to made in the US, you can't beat Bartville for US made tack.



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    Edgewood bridles are all designed and made in the USA (in New Mexico, in fact).

    But if it were my problem, I'd be ordering the Bartville Figure 8 Bridle or asking Bartville to make me something custom.
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    Doesn't Quillin also make bridles? I don't think they're on the site, but I seem to recall people who are in the area and go to the actual store mentioning them.



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    Got mine from Wayne Rasmussen of The Country Saddler. http://thecountrysaddler.com/legacybridles.html
    It's gorgeous. I'm a little ocd about my tack, and BoB / Bartville / Bobby's don't do it for me. I also have a lovely one from KL Select (not red barn!) - pretty sure that's also US made.



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    I like Jerry's Harness. It takes a while but it is certainly made here and the quality is very good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simkie View Post
    Doesn't Quillin also make bridles? I don't think they're on the site, but I seem to recall people who are in the area and go to the actual store mentioning them.
    WHAT????? Oh, I hope they don't, I don't want to have to buy a bunch of new bridles, but I cannot resist Quillin leather!
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    Quote Originally Posted by amastrike View Post
    WHAT????? Oh, I hope they don't, I don't want to have to buy a bunch of new bridles, but I cannot resist Quillin leather!
    No pictures

    https://quillin.com/jshop/product.ph...d=1202&xSec=17

    But they definitely make them! A few versions under the "race and training" category.

    I'm curious if their bridle would fit a small headed TB better than a "cob" size. Since they specialize in TBs and all....(NO I really DO NOT need to be buying another bridle right now!!)



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    Wow! Thanks for all the suggestions... Lots of places to check!



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    I have a Five Star Piccadilly bridle and it is the by far the nicest piece of tack I have ever owned/used
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    I love Jerry's. Sooo nice and love the buckles. I have quite a few Bartville bridles as well, but not the same leather quality as Jerry's but a lot less in cost.
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    A heads up about Quillin: not all of their tack is as nice as their halters (which I love). I got my yoke from them, and it wasn't made in house. I think it's actually Indian leather. They very nicely explained that the cost would be prohibitive if made in house. I don't know anything about their bridles, but would ask the question when ordering. They are great to deal with.

    ETA: should have mentioned before that I ended up with my Legacy bridle when I went shopping at a prestigious H/J show. There's definitely good and bad about high level H/J, but you've got to admit that they've got the best tack and clothes.



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    Nunn Finer bridles are made in USA.

    http://www.nunnfiner.com/default.asp



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    Keystone Tack and Harness in Drumore, PA is run by an Amish fellow named Eli Beiler. He made my saddle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justa Bob View Post
    Nunn Finer bridles are made in USA.

    http://www.nunnfiner.com/default.asp
    The Event Bridle, Figure 8 Bridle, and a few others are made by Bartville Harness Shop in Pennsylvania. A lot of their other bridles, like the Ravenna and the Galway, are imported from Asia. Basically if it's not marked "made in the USA" in the description on their web site, you can pretty safely assume that it's imported.
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    www.zaludsaddlery.com. Martin Zalud can make a bridle for your horse for around the same price (sometimes substantially less than) an off-the-rack model. He's in North Adams, MA. I recommend him for repairs and for unusual bridle requirements, like pony dressage bridles or draft hunt bridles, and the feedback is always positive.



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