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    anyone have dressage bridle suggestions for a thoroughbred? soft, supple, flash w/ a crank and preferably padded headstall and not too thick noseband that would overwhelm smaller TB type head.

    Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    I have one from Dover that is very supple, padded, and has a flash. Not sure if they have a crank option and it may be a bit thick for your TB but worth looking at. I believe it was the Crown model? Was only $100. Very nice for the price and has held up well.

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    • #3
      I got an ovation dressage bridle with a flash and it is the softest leather in the world, so supple and a very pretty bridle. My TB has a longer head but is still a very fine head and the horse size fits nicley, I did have to make some more holes in the flash, but other then that I love this bridle!!!
      No Worries!

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      • #4
        I have a flash bridle from Kieffer I bought from Dover. I love it! It came out of the bag soft and pliable. Padded crown and noseband, but not too bulky. Its got a little big of "bling" on the browband, but its subtle and i think adorable
        Team Ginger

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          #5
          Okay, thanks for the suggestions. What about the Anky bridle?
          I've been trying to look at pictures and can't figure out if it would be too thick or not.

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          • #6
            I believe the Anky bridles are all sized for a bit larger, Warmblood-ier head. (don't quote me on that though, lol).

            I'm preeeeeetty sure they're now legal for eventing dressage, not 100% though, but the Micklem would be worth a try. Dover does a trial on them, I believe. They are wonderful, especially for the sensitive TBs!
            Trying a life outside of FEI tents and hotel rooms.

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            • #7
              If you're on a budget, I bought a cheap Plymouth Dressage Bridle at Rolex from SmartPak as a work bridle for my guy and love it - actually has a very good quality to it and fits perfectly - my boy has a refined TB type head.

              http://www.smartpakequine.com/plymou...x?cm_vc=Search

              SmartPak has the Harwich on sale right now - which I believe is very similar, but also has the comfort crown. If I could have gotten it for this price, I probably would have bought this one.

              http://www.smartpakequine.com/harwic...x?cm_vc=Search

              ... and they do have the Harwich with a crank on sale too...

              http://www.smartpakequine.com/harwic...x?cm_vc=Search
              I have Higher Standards... do you?

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

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                #8
                Thanks again, I'm willing to spend up to 300 or so. anyone have experience with passier, barnsby, m toulouse, or stubbens? They're the brands my tack store carries (closest is a couple hours away) and wondering if I should make the trip up there or not.

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                • #9
                  Maggie32, I sent you a pm.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by baxtersmom View Post
                    Maggie32, I sent you a pm.
                    I didn't get it :/

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                      #11
                      Nevermind, Just got it!

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                      • #12
                        Have you looked at KL Select? I don't like their cheaper Red Barn line, but love the nice ones. I've always found Passiers and Stubbens too stiff.

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                        • #13
                          I'm always pimping them, but check out Five Star--they are superb!

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                          • #14
                            I got a Five Star bridle, it was on clearance. It is absolutely lovely. I believe they still have a sale/discounting going on.

                            My TB has a fairly normal head, albeit with a large jowl. It fits her perfectly though the throat latch is towards the end of holes (does that make sense?) while everything else buckles towards the middle of the holes. I wish I had a photo of it, but it is a nice middle range in terms of size- not too delicate, not too stout.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by magnolia73 View Post
                              I got a Five Star bridle, it was on clearance. It is absolutely lovely. I believe they still have a sale/discounting going on.

                              My TB has a fairly normal head, albeit with a large jowl. It fits her perfectly though the throat latch is towards the end of holes (does that make sense?) while everything else buckles towards the middle of the holes. I wish I had a photo of it, but it is a nice middle range in terms of size- not too delicate, not too stout.

                              So did you get the horse or cob size?

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Saskatoonian View Post
                                I've always found Passiers and Stubbens too stiff.
                                I agree with this on the newer Stubbens. I love the older Stubben bridles though.

                                My show bridle is an older Passier that we got on ebay for a deal because the name piece had fallen off the crown. It is gorgeous - wonderful soft leather and in good condition. I haven't had much experience with the newer versions.

                                Leather quality has gone done overall for most tack.
                                I have Higher Standards... do you?

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

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                                • #17
                                  Pink Equine is awesome: http://www.pinkequine.com/index.html

                                  Where are you located?
                                  Horse, thou art truly a creature without equal, for thou fliest without wings and conquerest without sword.

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                                  • #18
                                    I like the Bobby's tack have had them for years and hold up really well, fit the finer heads of TB,s but also will adjust out for a bigger warmblood type. Most of them are priced about $150.00 or less.

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                                      #19
                                      so which five star bridle does everyone like?

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                                        #20
                                        ugh. bridle hunting is more stressful than it needs to be. if only shipping wasn't so expensive...
                                        Thanks for many replies. Anyone else?

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