• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Which high(er) end bridle do you love?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Which high(er) end bridle do you love?

    My princess needs a new bridle. She's wearing the hand-me-down Dover Crown bridle from my TB. She's a 15.3 grey Holsteiner, so head more like a TB, beautiful and smart, but not so refined that she'd need dainty things. http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._2020609_n.jpg Now, I don't necessarily want to spend $400 on a bridle, but I do want something that is high quality and will last.
    The Passier Gemini has been on my list. A friend of mine just got the Passier Scorpio and I really liked it.

    Anyway, that's sorta the style I like. I also looked at the Wellfleet from Smartpak, and the Pink Equine (although without the colored padding). I do want some bling on her browband, but if the bridle isn't outrageously expensive, would get a separate browband.

    So, what other higher end bridles should I look into (or not)? TIA!
    Last edited by InsideLeg2OutsideRein; Jan. 19, 2011, 06:33 PM.
    "Reite dein Pferd vorwärts und richte es gerade.” Gustav Steinbrecht

  • #2
    Honestly, high end or not, imported or domestic, whatever, the nicest leather I've felt on a bridle in the past couple of years is my mom's Nunn Finer for her trail horse.

    It's just ridiculously nice feeling, but holding up to work and my mom's awkwardness/twisting it too much/doing odd things she has issues with as a result of her arthritis/trouble with her hands. This bridle came with the thick grippy rubber -covered reins, which is why she bought it - easier to hang onto the days her hands don't want to close all the way. They do have other reins, though.
    Originally posted by Silverbridge
    If you get anything on your Facebook feed about who is going to the Olympics in 2012 or guessing the outcome of Bush v Gore please start threads about those, too.


    • #3
      I am in love with the bridles at Five Star Tack http://www.fivestartack.com/
      some lovely bridles and they are currently having a sale! (plus a percentage of the profit goes to charity)


      • #4
        Since no one has mentioned it yet, Jerry's Harness Shop makes a great bridle with yummy leather. It's a heavier bridle, though one version has a 7/8 inch noseband. Jerry will do custom work, too. The bridles run a bit large; I got a cob size for my mare, and ended up having him cut down the cheeks, cavesson, and throatlatch as they were all too long for her short head. (OTOH she has a WB size browband!)
        You have to have experiences to gain experience.

        1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"


        • #5
          I LOVE my Barnsby bridles, and I found them both for under $150 on closeout.

          Wasn't crazy about the Passier bridles I have seen. The Barnsby ones are MUCH nicer.


          • #6
            I really like the Royal Oak raised snaffle bridle . It's made in the US and excellent quality. Not cheap--just under $400 with a flash, but it will last. I got the solid cordoba brown with brass fittings and it's lovely on my chestnut. He has a nice head, refined but masculine. Looks very classy on him. (IMO, of course!)
            Ring the bells that still can ring
            Forget your perfect offering
            There is a crack in everything
            That's how the light gets in.


            • #7
              Ditto Jerry's. Love the All-In-One monocrown bridle.


              • #8
                Albion KB, Jeffries Elevator, Lauriche are my nice bridles. My Morgan has a neat and tidy face and the Albion suits him nicely, followed by the Lauriche. The Jeffries is quite chunky, too much for him.

                All have comfort crowns and are shaped around the ear, which I like.
                Being terrible at something is the first step to being truly great at it. Struggle is the evidence of progress.


                • #9
                  Yes- Albion KB Bridle! I also have a Passier , but the Albion KB is much better quality IMO....I love this bridle....


                  • #10
                    I love love love my kieffer bridle. In fact every horse in the barn has a Kieffer. The leather is fantastic and really holds up nicely.


                    • #11
                      Best leather bridle I've ever had-Edgewood. Will never buy anything else


                      • #12
                        I love both my Edgewood and Otto Schumacher bridles!
                        dressage. n, the passionate pursuit of perfection by the obsessively imperfect.


                        • #13
                          I have the Passier Geminis for two of my horses. They've been wearing them day in and day out fo several years now. I really like them - esp the crank noseband, which is really misnamed - because the 'crank' part has lots of padding that makes it comfier. It's only a 'crank' if someone makes it so.

                          I bought a few Stubbens - Dublin models?? a few years ago and was really pleased with the quality of the leather and really liked them as much as the Passiers and were about $100 cheaper - so about a year later I bought another one and the quality of the leather just was not like the ones I'd bought previously.
                          Donerail Farm


                          • #14
                            I like the Vespucci for it's design (the single crownpiece), but I'm not overly thrilled with the leather quality. But then again I've had mine for 5 years and it's held up pretty well. Just isn't the leather of my youth.

                            Now, my elderly Dobert, custom made, raised and padded throughout, even the cheekpieces and throat latch, is a really, really lovely bridle, but it was made for a horse with an enormous head, so it's on the last hole on everything, even on my current big horses, and that doesn't look so special.

                            I also have a very nice Edgewood bridle, but it is a brown, raised, fancy stitched hunter bridle. I always use it when I am trail riding in my brown saddle (matchy matchy is important, you know...) and feel a bit guilty that I am using such an expensive piece of tack for bushwhacking through the undergrowth, but what the heck, I own it, I may as well use it!


                            • #15
                              I have 2 dressage bridles that I like....an Arc De Triomphe Napoleon and a Red Barn Salute. Both are very nice, with the Arc De Triomphe having a bit better leather quality.


                              • #16
                                Another vote for Five Star. They are unique without being gaudy.
                                Proud member of the "I'm In My 20's and Hope to Be a Good Rider Someday" clique


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Hampton Bay View Post
                                  I LOVE my Barnsby bridles, and I found them both for under $150 on closeout.
                                  Hey, are you me? I have two Barnsby bridles (one dressage, one hunter), adore them both, and got each on closeout for under $150. Spooky!

                                  Now if you got BOTH of yours for under $150, I want to be you.
                                  Donald Trump - proven liar, cheat, traitor and sexual predator! Hillary Clinton won in 2016, but we have all lost.


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by cyndi View Post
                                    I have the Passier Geminis for two of my horses. They've been wearing them day in and day out fo several years now. I really like them - esp the crank noseband, which is really misnamed - because the 'crank' part has lots of padding that makes it comfier. It's only a 'crank' if someone makes it so.
                                    Love my Passier Gemini. I've had it about 2 years now, use it 5 days a week without fail and it is holding up nicely. My horse has a dainty cob head and it's not overbearing. There's a picture of him on my website wearing it.
                                    chaque pas est fait ensemble


                                    • #19
                                      I love my Schumacher Vendig monocrown bridle with crank & flash. Skylands Saddlery in NJ is the only place that I know of in the US that has them. BEAUTIFUL bridle! I just sold mine when I went back to hunters.


                                      • #20
                                        I have a Jeffries Elevator and a Passier (forget which model) which are both lovely. But I also have a Rhinegold bridle that I got on ebay for about $100 which is equally as nice! I'm a total leather snob (Crown bridles make me cringe!), and I don't have a single complaint about it!