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Bridle Opinions Anyone?

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  • Bridle Opinions Anyone?

    Ok . . . so I know there are only about a million posts like this, but I seem to be looking for the opposite of most everyone else.

    I am looking for a dressage bridle for my boy. Now I am the queen of hand me downs and have never in my 15 years of horses purchased a brand new bridle so need some help! Heck, I don't think I could tell you the brand on half the bridles I own!

    I currently am taking apart his jump bridle and switching out the pieces I need when we do dressage. . .It turns into a hideous Frankenbridle! (no, we don't go out in public like this) (wellll, mayyybeeeee we do)

    I was looking for something that will hold up well since we will school and hopefully show a bit in it with a thicker nose band but preferably not a crank. . .it seems to be a tall order. Also is thicker not considered "stylish"? all the other posts I read were people looking for thiner. I won't be hurt if you tell me I have terrible taste I just recently jumped into dressage land.

    Here were some I had my eye on, but I am not familiar with any brands or how they fit and hold up to use. So if anyone has any insight or other suggestions I would appreciate it!!

    I hijacked this one from another thread

    It doesn't say its a crank but there is only one picture so idk


  • #2
    The Crown isn't my favorite. If you want that price range, get the Harwich from Smartpak. It comes in crank and non-crank versions.


    • Original Poster

      I was just looking to stay under $300. So that is not entirely the price point I was looking at. Just happen to like it but worried about some of the reviews I read about it not holding up well.


      • #4

        Jerry's Harness Shop has some nice bridles. I have one of his custom snaffle bridles as my "show" bridle, but I have no doubt that it would hold up well in daily use.
        Riding - the art of keeping your horse between you and the ground.


        • #5
          I have this one and like it, so far it's held up well to lots of riding (and trails and swimming in the river) and still looks good.

          for more Joy then you can handle


          • #6
            Ovation reasonable, http://www.doversaddlery.com/ovation...le/p/X1-12598/

            I love my five star tack and this one has a fairly wide noseband http://fivestartack.com/Dressage-Bri...ge-Bridle.html

            This Kieffer has a wide noseband. I have used Kieffers extensively over the years and found they hold up great, other than the keepers which tend to break (but I just buy spares)
            OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


            • #7
              Re present day Kieffers - bought one at a Boxing Day Sale, started using in mid March, finish was peeling by July (almost done by Sept) - the good news is that the "peeled" leather is quite nice, so as a bridle that I picked up for under $150 (including non-dressage reins that went into the barns "free bin") it's fine; ordered a pair of Anky dressage reins with leather stops for $50, so all told, it's a decent kit for the $200 mark.
              (bridle is wiped down after every ride)

              Look at Kieffer for their complete collection (reins under s separate heading) which can be ordered through your local shop - their customer service is very good.

              This year found a Cavallo double bridle complete with reins though an equestrian outlet (+ anniversary sale) for $250: much nicer leather than the Kieffer, swarovski crystal details (plain also available) - in order words, shop around.

              While bridle shopping this year, looked at Nunn Finer, Bobby's & Stubben - my preferance is reverse order; all were in the $300 mark but none included nice reins (I would prefer no reins). Surprised to see a Bobby's yesterday that has only been used for 4 months: leather is very dry & cracking, & headstall has twisted!

              If possible, go into a local shop & handle the various bridles & determine what you like/don't like.


              • Original Poster

                Originally posted by alto View Post
                If possible, go into a local shop & handle the various bridles & determine what you like/don't like.
                ^^ That is what I like to do but there are just not too many around me. I don't even have my horses at a boarding barn to be able to check out what other people have. SO here I am

                I like the look of the five star tack one! and have so far only heard good things about them. Not sure why I didn't think to look them up!

                I have heard the same things about the newer Kieffers from a few people so I didn't look at them too much.


                • #9
                  I just purchased a Bobby's Bridle from Victory Canter; came in the mail last week. It's black with white on the noseband and crownpiece Wonderful, soft leather..great fit on my horse! It also came with a crank noseband, if you prefer. Plus, the shippng was free...and good service as well!!


                  • #10
                    I have a couple of Hastilow bridles (made in England) that I love. What is especially nice is that they are quality leather and can be semi-custom fitted for your horse. One bridle I have has a padded headstall with the padded nose band's headstrap running on top (instead of underneath) of the main headstall which my sensitive TB horse finds very comfortable. Also, he has a normal length horse head, but a very slender nose which had been very difficult to fit, so knowing that, they put a cobsize nose band, also padded, which fit perfectly. They will trade out cheek pieces too, should your horse's head run long or shorter than average. The bridles run in the price range you mentioned. They are sold by All English Tack in PA.

                    They both are quality leather, good stitching, and great fit. Hastilow will either custom make them (more money of course, as they actually make the bridle specifically for your horse), or get the semi-custom like I did. I would consider both nosebands to be fairly wide and you can also get them with the white trim, I think. I got the first one about 5 years ago and it still looks great. So I didn't hesitate to get another another one when I acquired my warmblood. Good luck in your search.


                    • #11
                      I have had several Crown bridles that have lasted a LONG time, even though they aren't great quality, but I take very good care of my leather goods. The downside is the fit...I got the horse size snaffle bridle for my mare with a dainty head, but the headstall is too long, the browband almost too short, and the throatlatch VERY short. We are making do, but the odd sizing is well - odd. And the headstall on the cob size bridle is too short...

                      And while we are on the topic - does anyone know where I can get a good quality brown bridle with tan padding? There is one at my new barn that looks absolutely smashing on my chestnut gelding, but the leather quality isn't great (it's rather stiff), and I would love to find a high quality one in the same color combination.


                      • #12
                        I like my Stubben the best of all my affordable bridles. I have better ones, but got them used...they are not in your price range (nor mine) new.
                        Banter whenever you want to banter....canter whenever you want to canter.


                        • #13
                          No crank or flash in a wide 1.5" noseband

                          No crank with flash in a wide 1.5" noseband

                          Really nice

                          Member of the ILMD[FN]HP Clique, The Florida Clique, OMGiH I loff my mares, and the Bareback Riders clique!


                          • #14
                            I'll second Jerry's Harness, and if it's a hard fit, I'm all for Justbridles.com!
                            "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"