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Looking for regular snaffle bridle with brass hardware! IMPOSSIBLE

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  • Looking for regular snaffle bridle with brass hardware! IMPOSSIBLE

    So my baby has grown out of his cob sized 'training' bridle and I am ready to make my first investment in a quality bridle. However, I am specific to what I need. My boy does not have an issue with keeping his mouth closed so I don't need a crank noseband nor a flash. Can you believe how hard it is to find a regular snaffle bridle in black with brass hardware?? I have scoured Bobby's Tack, to Smartpak to KL Select. No one carries (or makes) a regular bridle with brass hardware! My boy is bright chestnut, so the gold hardware is a MUST (I think he looks stunning in it).

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!
    I am in Boston, but will take suggestions from our neighbors abroad if there is a website!
    Suburban horse girl stuck in the big city...

  • #2
    Try Dressage Extensions:


    "Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit."
    - Desiderata, (c) Max Ehrman, 1926


    • #3
      St. George Tack

      Mine is from St. George Tack and is black with brass.


      • #4
        Check out Dressage Extensions and Schneider's Tack. Both carry bridles with brass buckles & trim.


        • #5
          Black w/brass

          Keiffer has one... Nunn Finer may also have one. I had an event horse w/a fancy black bridle w/brass fittings and it may have come from NunnFiner.

          Also, Advanced Saddlery in NH does some semi-custom to custom bridles. I have seen some that are lovely! And I think you can get the options you are looking for.

          Happy shopping!
          O! for a horse with wings! ~William Shakespeare, Cymbeline **or a unicorn horn. Whatever works.**


          • #6
            I have one I'm thinking about getting rid of... but it's got a flash. Funny... it was an accident and I much rather have silver hardware.
            "The ability to write a check for attire should not be confused with expertise. Proficiency doesn't arrive shrink-wrapped from UPS and placed on your doorstep."


            • #7
              Jerry's Harness for sure has one.


              This "regular" headstall is shown in brass.
              They have other (better) bridles as well, the leather is ridiculous. I have an all-in-one double, and just ordered the same in a snaffle bridle. I'm partial to stainless, but also did not want a flash. He'll make whatever you want!
              From now on, ponyfixer, i'll include foot note references.


              • #8
                What Pony Fixer said -- I bought a bridle from Jerry's many years ago, and it has held up phenominally. Wonderful quality!



                • #9
                  Nunn Finer's custom event bridle comes with brass hardware (and you can get it sans flash too). I have the Bartville Tack version, and the leather is quite nice.


                  • #10
                    I second Bartville tack too. Good quality and you can get it totally customized.


                    • Original Poster

                      Thanks everyone!
                      Just got off the phone with the gentleman from St. Georges- what a delightful person! He has 2 french made bridles that fit my description! And he is only an hour from here!

                      Thanks everyone!
                      Suburban horse girl stuck in the big city...


                      • #12
                        Dover has the Elevator for sale for $249. It's only in cob size, but I bought this exact bridle, and it's a fairly large cob. No flash and brass buckles (I was actually expecting silver when I bought it...)



                        • #13
                          I don't use a crank or flash either. When I bought a bridle with the flash piece, I had my tack repair person ever-so carefully remove the loop and re-stitch the noseband. Worked perfectly.

                          "Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit."
                          - Desiderata, (c) Max Ehrman, 1926


                          • #14
                            Are you sure you want brass - it's hell to keep it from going green!
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                            • Original Poster

                              I never thought of that Equibrit- but with proper cleaning like any other tack- is it easy to maintain?

                              Shoten- that may be next option of the one I am going to look at does not work.
                              Suburban horse girl stuck in the big city...


                              • #16
                                Strange, I never have problem with the brass on my dressage bridle... Never cleaned the them... Just the bridle... Or maybe because I use it only for show?


                                • #17
                                  There's a product called "Nevr-Dull", comes in a blue can, that shines up brass & other metal just fine. I believe there's a product called "Barkeeper's Friend" made specifically for brass.

                                  You won't have any trouble keeping your brass fittings shiny!


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by ShotenStar View Post
                                    Just order it, can't wait for its arrival.


                                    • #19
                                      Brass polish doesn't need to get on to leather, and you can't get the green off the bits under the leather. That is, if it is genuine brass and not that shiney fake stuff.
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                                      • #20
                                        Bobby's has a black dressage dressage bridle with brass fittings. I have this same bridle in brown - very nice and the brass hasn't turned green on me yet. You can just clip off the leather attachment for the flash if you don't need it. The noseband is not a crank one either.