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Does a bridle like this even exist???

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  • Does a bridle like this even exist???

    I am looking to get my event horse his very own, grown up dressage bridle. I am having a heck of time finding what I'd like, though! In a perfect world, it would be an all black bridle with some padding, PLAIN cavesson WITHOUT a crank. He's a TB that is kinda in between horse and cob size, and because he's not very big, I can't get him a really thick, clunky noseband that looks good on great big WB types. And, I'd really like to not spend a ridiculous sum of money on it (under $200). I have found a nice looking plain black, plain cavesson bridle at Bit of Britain...but it has a crank. And Bobby's has a couple of black, plain cavesson bridles, but they are either just kinda cheap looking, or have funky colored padding.

    Am I searching for the Holy Grail???

  • #2
    try the website justbridles.com

    you can mix and match any piece on there.

    good luck!
    be kind to your horses mouth!


    • #3
      ha ha! I feel you. My TB's bridle is a mashup of cob and horse parts. I bought the bridle and components from Eqtack.com (all are Bobby's.) I did have to use a horse-sized cavesson because the cob size was too small. However, my local tack shop was able to move the buckle on the cavesson, effectively decreasing the diameter, for $30. So I have a modified cavesson, cob sized flash, cob sized cheek pieces, horse size browband and headstall (cob sized throatlatch was too small.) It was a bit of a process but everything now fits and looks good.

      ETA here's a picture of himself wearing the finished product, however, everything is a bit loose b/c we just threw the bridle back on him to get a pic of him with is first rated-show ribbon.

      Oh, and, I should add, the bridle originally came with the most hideola browband you ever did see, it had a corny snaffle bit detail that looked like some stupid Gucci rip off. Cheap and tacky! I ditched that immediately for the clincher. The rest of the bridle was pretty nice and looks good - but I did have to work to get past the awful browband that came with it.
      Last edited by johnnysauntie; Sep. 3, 2009, 12:55 PM. Reason: add photo
      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


      • #4
        for reference, if you end up getting one, i got a bobbys 2yrs ago for a tb i was riding and the horse size fit him. i think smallest holes for most of the straps, but it looked nice. it was a crank w/flash, and i know you're not looking for that- but the actual noseband isn't too big and clunky.


        • #5
          If you find a bridle that you like in your price range with a crank... nobody ever said you have to put it on any tighter than a regular nose band.

          I found the prettiest, most elegant rolled bridle for my TB that was on sale for $250 (marked down from $700). It has a crank, which my horse in no way needs, that I just do up very gently.

          Leaving him both happy and stylish.

          My other horse goes in a dressage bridle that was purchased for him by my friend (who owns the other half of him.) It has a slightly blingy browband, is delicate enough for his very refined face, and does not have a crank. I don't think it was expensive. The leather is perfectly nice but not super fancy. I can not for the life of me remember the brand but I will check today.
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          • #6
            I got one from KL Select and it is lovely. Might be a little more than you wanted to spend, but it had reins. I have to say I've never been impressed with Bobby's or Nunn Finer.


            • #7
              SmartPak Harwich or Plymouth. Both under $100 and no crank.
              2012 goal: learn to ride like a Barn Rat

              A helmet saved my life.


              • Original Poster

                Originally posted by TheHorseProblem View Post
                SmartPak Harwich or Plymouth. Both under $100 and no crank.
                Both have flashes, though...I would do a crank before a flash (because, like meupatdoes said, I don't HAVE to crank it). I don't like cranks in general, because they are fidgety and clunky looking. I am all for snug nosebands, I just can't figure out why you'd ever need to REALLY crank it! I guess I could always do what I just did to his current bridle and have the flash loop removed, but if I can actually find what I'd like, it'd be nice.

                I'll check out justbridles.com. He's not a hard fit, it just depends on the brand. His current bridle and show halter are both cobs, but I know he'd never in a million years fit into a cob size in Bobby's or a BoB brand (both run so ridiculously tiny!!). Bobby's horse, no problem, though (we have lots of Bobby's bridles around the barn, so I'm pretty familiar with the quality and fit).

                Thanks for the ideas!


                • #9
                  Jerry's Bridles has what you want.
                  "Personally speaking, if for whatever reason I was stuck with absolutely only having to chose one breed, then it would without hesitation be a thoroughbred."


                  • Original Poster

                    Originally posted by royal militron View Post
                    Jerry's Bridles has what you want.
                    Lovely, but WAY out of my price range!!!!

                    justbridles.com looks like it might work. Cool site!


                    • #11
                      Although not in your price range I bought the Passier Cologne (I think thats the model) and I love it. No crank, some padding not too bulky. My horse have a very refined head and looks horrible in a bridle that has a big nose/brow band.


                      • #12
                        Try sstack.com. They have a lot of 'Arabian' sized bridles. So they are cobbish sized but with longer browbands, throatlatches, etc. Worth a call to them.


                        • #13

                          I bought this at Dover earlier this year, a great bridle for the money, comes with web/rubber reins (that's worth $40 right there!). Padding was not too large, fit true to size on WB I was fitting it to. also available in a clincher style


                          • #14

                            I have this model for my 15.2 TB. He fits into the horse size but I needed to punch more holes on the noseband (and flash but you can get it as just a snaffle bridle). The square raised caveson looks really nice on him and its not too thick. You can find some good deals on Courbette bridles, and they last for forever! I have had my bridle in daily use for 6 years, and it looks fabulous! I got one in brown for $175 from VTO Saddlery. Here is the link to their sale: http://www.vtosaddlery.com/Merchant2...Category_Code=

                            Here is him in it (he has the flash version):



                            • #15
                              I always fancied one of these, http://www.foxhuntingshop.com/catalo...utmk=121388809 $189.95
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                              • #16
                                Second the Dover bridles - I have one of theirs (not certain which model) but was very pleased with the craftsmanship and the sizing. The price is reasonable as well.

                                Best of luck!
                                Fire Girl Photography


                                • #17
                                  This Ebay seller is in GB...they are slow to ship but I have 2 of these bridles (in cob and horse size) and I can say that these FSS padded bridles are nice quality for the price. Ya just have to wait a while for it to arrive.
                                  The cob size fits the 15H TB with a small head, the 15H Walker with a really narrow head and the 15.3H Paint with a tiny dishy head a la Arab. The horse size one fits the horses with a normal "horse" size head (15.1 to 16.1H critters).
                                  Providence Farm


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Equibrit View Post
                                    I always fancied one of these, http://www.foxhuntingshop.com/catalo...utmk=121388809 $189.95

                                    2012 goal: learn to ride like a Barn Rat

                                    A helmet saved my life.


                                    • #19
                                      I got a really nice Vespucci bridle for $129.00 (canadian). It has the padded crown and noseband but is very fine. It does have a flash though.


                                      • #20
                                        Check this one out. It's a weymouth, but it's easy enough to just take the bridoon hanger off.