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Bridle for really tiny head

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  • Bridle for really tiny head

    I bought a little OTTB, and she has the tiniest most delicate head. Its adorbs, but none of my bridles fit her. She will eventually get an antares bridle for showing in, which is easy because I can mismatch sizes.

    I like quality leather, but would consider good quality rather then great quality for a schooling bridle that would double as her show bridle for now. I prefer something delicate with small pieces and buckles, and a narrower nose band, no fancy stitch. She doesn't require anything other then a plain canvesson. In brown, as I bought a black sstack petite dressage bridle already. Once I get it home, I may love it and decide to grab another in brown, but figured I would check the hive mind!

    I have 3 extra good quality schooling bridles at home, even after passing some off to my husband's horse, and none of them come close to fitting her.
    Her brothers bridle for purposes of modeling the browband Photo from my husband today while I was away

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    And, she is the sweetest little horse on the planet. Just thought I’d add that 💕
    Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman.

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    • #3
      Does she have a small muzzle but thicker throat latch? My guy who has your classic roman nose TB look fits a cob head stall with something smaller for the nose band and cheek pieces. I got a cob bridle and had it made smaller where needed. However what I got new is a POS. My next bridle is going to be an Arabian fit. They have bigger head stalls with smaller nose bands and cheek pieces from what I have gathered via the internet.


      • #4
        Is she smaller than Cob?

        Passier had (and may still have) a line that was "arabian" sized. It took into account needing a normal sized headstall & crown, but a thinner noseband. The cheek pieces are only slightly shorter.

        I own a said bridle which is how I know the size exists in the first place.. if I wasn't so attached to it for sentimental reasons, I would send it to you.. but it's a very nice bridle and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one again.
        AETERNUM VALE, INVICTUS - 7/10/2012


        • #5
          I was going to suggest an Arabian fit - I see several others have as well. Growing up, we had a little FQHA mare with this issue - delicate, feminine head that was bigger than pony size, smaller than cob. My mom fixed it by getting a rolled leather Arabian headstall (western, but I'm sure you can find a nice English bridle with some searching!).
          I have Higher Standards... do you?

          "For the love of my horse, I know who I am."


          • #6
            Hadfields bridles are sized for TBs, at least they were originally, and tend to run small. You can sometimes find a good deal on them at Even if there is nothing on the website you think will work, you can email Rebecca and let her know what you are looking for.

            If she has such a tiny head, I don't think Antares will work. Unless they have changed drastically, my Antares bridles was a much heavier type than my more delicate Hadfields. An Edgewood would work well too.


            • Original Poster

              Thanks everyone for the suggestion! I got her a Joseph Sterling petite dressage bridle in cob on the suggestion of a friend and hubby tried it on her for her ride today, since I am away.

              Looks like it will be a good fit, so I am going to look at the same brand for a brown bridle for her in the future, if I get home and like the leather quality.


              • Original Poster

                Originally posted by BAC View Post
                Hadfields bridles are sized for TBs, at least they were originally, and tend to run small. You can sometimes find a good deal on them at Even if there is nothing on the website you think will work, you can email Rebecca and let her know what you are looking for.

                If she has such a tiny head, I don't think Antares will work. Unless they have changed drastically, my Antares bridles was a much heavier type than my more delicate Hadfields. An Edgewood would work well too.
                My plan is to try some on her next time our rep comes out. I love the antares, haven't found anything comparable in my opinion, so hopefully we will find one that suits her.


                • #9
                  Lookjs like ovation makes one at a reasonable price:


                  Might be worth a shot?


                  • #10
                    This is my cob sized Antares bridle on 2 of my large ponies (both 14.2h). One has quite a small face (the line picture) and it fits him really well. Love that bridle!! You will love it!
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by AMWookey View Post

                      My plan is to try some on her next time our rep comes out. I love the antares, haven't found anything comparable in my opinion, so hopefully we will find one that suits her.
                      I love Antares too, the leather is gorgeous, but mine was padded, which adds bulk, I didn't care for it on the more delicate types. At the time there was no unpadded option, maybe that has changed.


                      • #12
                        You know I had a Huntley Equestrian bridle in cob size that I returned. Purchased it for my large pony, just barely too big, I would take a Huntley Bridle over the Antares bridle personally. The stitching is impeccable, and its Sedgewick leather.It may work, and they will mix and match for you I think.