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  • Flash bridle suggestions?

    So, I'm actually a jumper but my new prospect goes very nicely in a flash, and I just adore dressage bridles so I figured I'd post this here.


    Long story short: I currently have two horses, the old been-there-done-that jumper likes his figure eight noseband (I'm serious, he hates other nosebands unless they're quite padded), and so the new guy has been going in a flash. He's an OTTB and as such gapes his mouth something dreadful (he's gotten much better now but I still like him in the flash the best). Current bridle is just too big on him, it's up to the shortest hole on everything sadly, there's no room for more holes or anything.

    So, I'm looking for a funky looking, BLACK (colored padding, crystals, etc are fine) flash bridle that comes in a cob or a full size.

    Any suggestions, links, pictures? Preferably not "bank breaking" or too traditional looking. Tall order, I know!
    Trying a life outside of FEI tents and hotel rooms.

  • #2
    Bit of Britain has tons of flash option bridles.

    I have a passier gemini in cob with crystals and a crank, but that thing in 2 years has stretched so much I can't in good faith recommend it it's horse sized now probably
    chaque pas est fait ensemble


    • #3
      Sadly, "funky" and "dressage bridle" are a tough combo. One black flash bridle looks much the same as any other. You can find a plethora of bling browbands to add to a vanilla black bridle, however.

      Five Star Tack has some styles that are a little bit different (not very different, but a little) and currently has a 40% off deal going if you read their blog.
      MelanieC * Canis soloensis


      • #4
        Sent you a PM!

        I couldn't find a fun, reasonably-priced dressage bridle either. I ended up making my own browband (http://www.etsy.com/people/HighBrowE...ref=ls_profile) and putting it on a plain-vanilla SmartPak dressage bridle. They have several exclusive bridles at various price points that are shockingly nice considering what they cost. I ended up with their super-cheap Plymouth bridle ($50!!) and am very pleased with it. There are others in my barn with their Harwich bridle and a Wellfleet bridle, and both are lovely (though plain).
        Last edited by CatPS; Jun. 8, 2011, 03:34 PM.
        "Winter's a good time to stay in and cuddle,
        but put me in summer and I'll be a... happy snowman!!!"

        Trolls be trollin'! -DH


        • #5
          padded on sale: http://www.shopatron.com/products/pr...

          with crystals: http://www.elitesaddlery.com/index.php?productID=1114

          combinations of padding and crystal: http://www.pinkequine.com/acatalog/Horse_Bridles.html

          Fancy stitch: http://fivestartack.com/bridle_ainsley.php
          OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


          • #6
            My favorite dressage bridle goto is Pink Equine (especially for funky)! Tons of colors, and crystals - but sizing runs large so go by the measurement chart.
            Camels spit, Mary, camels - Catherine Haddad "Dressage Critic


            • Original Poster

              I LOVE the Pink Equine ones, but good grief, CatPS yours are GORGEOUS! PM'd you back
              Trying a life outside of FEI tents and hotel rooms.


              • #8
                I have a Bobby's bridle for my huge warmblood, and the leather is fantastic. The price is right too.

                2012 goal: learn to ride like a Barn Rat

                A helmet saved my life.


                • #9
                  I have used horse-size Bobby's and Thinline bridles on three different OTTBs. I love both. The TB's are all right on the brink of being cob-sized in Bobby's - but not quite. I used cob-sized cheek pieces, and had the cavesson cut down (and the buckle moved) to make the perfect OTTB sized bridle.
                  Don't wrassle with a hog. You just get dirty, and the hog likes it.

                  Collecting Thoroughbreds - tales of a re-rider and some TBs


                  • #10
                    What about adding this crystal browband to a plain black bridle? http://beval.com/Products/Browbands-...n/6500061.aspx

                    The sparkles should get you noticed from a mile away.


                    • #11
                      I recently got my mare a Kieffer Dagmar, its fully lined/padded including the flash- something I haven't seen on any other bridles and I think its much more comfortable for her. Not too expensive either, about $215(?) and the reins are included.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by cadance View Post
                        I recently got my mare a Kieffer Dagmar, its fully lined/padded including the flash- something I haven't seen on any other bridles and I think its much more comfortable for her. Not too expensive either, about $215(?) and the reins are included.
                        Here's a link- just kidding about $215, Pelham Saddlery has it for $189


                        • #13
                          I am a HUGE fan of this bridle:

                          I have 2 of them. The leather is really, really wonderful and you would think it's a lot more expensive than it was.
                          My mare loves the contoured, padded crown.