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Anyone have/seen this Pessoa bridle?

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  • Anyone have/seen this Pessoa bridle?


    If I want to get the figure 8 for my Arab (which I do), it looks like I'm going to have to go with this one since I can combine pony, cob and horse parts (*HUGE sigh*).

    I've never heard anyone really mention Pessoa bridles before, so I'm just looking for input in quality, durability etc. Granted the price without reins is pretty reasonable....

    So thoughts? Experiences?

  • #2
    That looks like the Pessoa I have for the FatPaintMare, who has a QH jaw, but short cheekbones and a smaller muzzle.

    I love it!


    • #3
      I've never really liked the pessoa bridles. The leather isn't that good quality and they take a long, long time to darken. I finally got so frustrated with the bridle not darkening when I oiled it thoroughly once a week for 6 months, I literally filled a bucket with oil and stuck the whole bridle in and left it overnight. Probably overkill because the bridle was very very dark the next morning and still seeps oil. I said to hell with it and bought a new bridle. (Edgewood, and am very happy with)


      • Original Poster

        Originally posted by FlightCheck View Post
        That looks like the Pessoa I have for the FatPaintMare, who has a QH jaw, but short cheekbones and a smaller muzzle.

        I love it!
        Really? That's how my Arab is... Did you customize it? If not - what size did you get?? How does the sizing run?

        Sudi fits in his COB sized Passier flash jumper bridle fabulously - and I use that for dressage mainly. But their head stall and throat latch run large - so it fits him GREAT.

        I tried both the horse and cob size of the fancy padded HDR bridle recently and neither fit him


        • #5
          I don't want a really dark bridle - if I did I would have bought one

          I had looked at the Edgewoods several times, but when I actually held both bridles, the Pessoa was softer and felt better.

          I actually MEASURED her in the bridle she was currently wearing, and brought the measurements to the tack shop. (Because I had BEEN to the tack shop before but my "guesstimator" was off).


          • #6
            That's a nice bridle, it really is. But if you are looking for alternatives, at that price Bartville Harness Shop could custom make what you need for less than $140 and you'd essentially own a custom Nunn Finer Figure 8. They already stock custom bridle components in cob and horse size, including figure 8 nosebands, and that means they'd only have to custom-make the parts you need in pony size.

            The baseline price for comparison would be to order the custom bridle with a figure 8 noseband, in any combination of horse and cob sized parts, at $110.65. If you only had to customize a few parts to pony size, you'd still come out below $140.
            Head Geek at The Saddle Geek Blog http://www.thesaddlegeek.com/


            • #7
              I have a Rodrigo that looks just like the one pictured. I ordered a full-sized for my 17+hh OTTB. It's maybe a hair big, but I do like it. I oiled the heck out of it w/Hydrophane to darken it a bit and have been happy with it ever since. The reins are really nice too!!