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  • Question on copper trim on bridle

    I bought an attractive black dressage bridle with copper trim on the brow band and nose band.

    I was thinking of a bit that showed a bit of copper at the corners of the mouth ... the rings are always stainless steel in every bit I have looked at.

    The buckles on this bridle are copper.

    So I need guidance on bit choices I should be considering.


  • #2
    Check out the Herm Sprenger Aurigan bits. Some have stainless steel cheeks, but some are entirely made of aurigan.


    • Original Poster

      Thanks. I will track those bits down.

      I have a feeling this bridle may be for photos shoots only. But I think it will be pretty on a plainer head.


      • #4
        Just for photos, look for western snaffles... I *think* I'm reading you're looking for a copper mouth? An "Offset Dee" might be perfect I think. I've seen a few eggbutt fullcheeks too where the copper shows quite a bit. Copper Dee Rings too.

        As for copper rings... haven't seen any. The rings will still be SS.

        A bit of toothpaste used with a steel mesh pad cleans up the copper for a 'showringshine' without any soapy residue or taste.
        InnisFailte Pinto Sporthorses & Coloured Cobs

        Bits are like cats, what's one more? (Petstorejunkie)


        • #5
          Originally posted by Oakstable View Post
          I bought an attractive black dressage bridle with copper trim on the brow band and nose band.

          Oh! Oh! Is that an e-bay bridle by chance?! I saw bridles like that on ebay and thought about buying one. Is it good quality? Is it "too much" bling for a rated show?

          What color is the horse you are putting it on? My guy is dark bay in the winter and "sooty buckskin" (he bleaches) in the summer.


          • Original Poster

            Yes, it is the bridle on e-bay.
            I think the vendor has another one up with the copper or brass trim.

            I think the bridle is decent quality. I like it. Would the trim hold up to a lot of wear, who knows.

            I bought another solid black bridle on ebay for $40 or less -- new -- and it is a cheaper bridle for sure but will be fine for schooling. Reins are too light but they can be easily replaced.

            But with the this one with the copper/brass trim -- I was in the vicinity today of a tack store so I bought an eggbutt snaffle with a copper center. When I got it home, I put it next to the bridle and the snaffle has a much redder color. I'm not sure if it will work, but there was also a D-ring with more of a brass color and I am thinking of taking it back for that one.

            Can anyone guide me on D-ring vs. eggbutt?

            Anyway, I have not tried this bridle on any of my horses yet. Need to get the bit figured out.

            I bought the bridle for photo shoots. I have one grey broodmare and the rest of the herd is chestnut, brown or bay -- many different shades -- so it will be interesting to see what looks really nice.

            I have one filly who is an unusual shade of brown and I am looking forward to trying this on her.

            Take a look at Bonnie Bedelia on my blog. She is the color of a chocolate bon bon.


            • Original Poster

              Wasn't someone selling brass color irons?

              I think the trim on this bridle is more of a brass color than a copper color which is more red.

              I saw a buckskin stallion in a bridle with some interesting colors and will see if I can get a closeup of his headgear.

              I haven't had a horse in the showring for some time so I don't know what the trends are anymore.


              • Original Poster

                There are a number of bridles on ebays with "brass trim."

                I saw photos of a newly approved buckskin warmblood stallion in a bridle that looked like it has brass buckles etc. Would love to see a closeup.


                • #9
                  Check out this one; http://www.doversaddlery.com/stubben...t/p/X1-010472/
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                  • Original Poster

                    I think that's a really interesting bit. Wish there were reviews.

                    Anyone use this bit?


                    • #11
                      I like the idea of the bit, is it legal to show in?

                      Has anyone used it yet? Reviews?


                      • #12
                        Brass irons; http://www.equus-libris.com/catalog/...roducts_id=418
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                        • Original Poster

                          There are some "brass" bits on that same web site.

                          So if you had a "golden" bridle, you would need to have the brass irons to be color coordinated.

                          I think this would look really nice on anything but a grey.


                          • #14
                            Hell to keep clean, however. Ask me how I know !
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                            • Original Poster

                              Do you have photos of your horse in the golden tack?


                              • #16
                                If I do, I don't know where they are - it was a few hundred years ago!
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