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    Any Eventers use Edgewood Bridles?

    New Question:
    Do any eventers use Edgewood tack (specifically bridles)? My very-difficult-to-fit horse is only going to get one bridle for the time being, so I'd like something durable enough to go XC, but still pretty enough to play at hunters.

    Have decided that it must be plain raised padded; no fancy stitching (because we're getting a blingy ribbon browband ), which has limited my options (as has the $200 budget).

    I've found Edgewood, Dover Showmark (top two picks), Schneider's, and Courbette (waiting to hear back if VTO will swap out parts). I don't like the way Ovation, Aramas, and the Nunn Finer (their "pretty" ones, not the Bartville ones) bridles attach the cavesson to the cavesson crown. It's an absolute deal-breaker for me. Reins included is a nice bonus, but not necessary.

    Yes, I'm picky. But once I decide on something, it's what I am willing to stick with into forever.

    Sooo.... thoughts?

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    Yes, I know, I'm posting another bridle thread - but I keep needing to know new things that I didn't know I needed to know! Like, I thought that my same old schooling bridle (Beval Stamford) would hold up *just fine* for the gelding to learn how to be an event hony.... but after going swimming yesterday for the second time, I have learned that this is just not so!
    So, I need to know which bridles will hold up well to hard use and not cost a fortune! Looking to spend about $150-ish, give or take. And, coming from a varied background (hunters, jumpers, Morgan breed shows, dressage...), I like me a pretty bridle - but I need one that's durable, too!
    Obviously, the Nunn Finer bridles are under consideration, as are the SmartPak bridles... but I need input from the experts!
    Thanks!
    Last edited by pattnic; Jul. 6, 2010, 04:19 PM.
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    I feel like you can't go wrong with a Stubben. I've had one of mine for about six years now, and it's been through everything and is still going strong.
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      #3
      honestly, i would get a nylon bridle for every day and a leather/show bridle. I would take my horse swimming in a nylon bridle and never woried about it. get some nylon reins and baby you are all set! they are like $50 (including nose band).

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        #4
        Originally posted by akumal987 View Post
        honestly, i would get a nylon bridle for every day and a leather/show bridle. I would take my horse swimming in a nylon bridle and never woried about it. get some nylon reins and baby you are all set! they are like $50 (including nose band).
        agreed. Especially for the green beans. For competing i LOVE my nunn finer bridle... and i'm not very easy on my tack and mine has lasted for quite some time..

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          #5
          Bartville Harness has the best bridles, exc leather, and relatively inexpensive- they make a lot of the Nunn Finer stuff- but it is mail order only....
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            #6
            I'm not a nylon fan. I don't like the idea of tack that's not likely to break in an emergency.

            I ditto the suggestion to buy a Nunn Finer bridle through Bartville. Then treat it with Hydrophane which will make it almost entirely water-resistant. I use Hydrophane once yearly and Passier Lederbalsam about 4x yearly on my Harmohn Kraft Americana schooling bridle, and it's survived daily hose-offs for almost 2 years now.
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              #7
              My Stubben bridle has been around for about 10 years and it is still gorgeous and supple and has that patina of good leather.
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                #8
                Bump with new question... the earlier-planned options are out for the time being.
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                  #9
                  I use an Edgewood Bridle with a figure 8 noseband for XC and SJ. It has a plain raised browband and a flat figure 8. Matches my Devoucoux saddle in color. Love it. I do not buy Edgewood rubber reins, much too expensive.
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                    #10
                    Ive only done one event so far, but Im a HUGE edgewood fan. Get one off ebay to save money. It will last forever.

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                      #11
                      I love my Edgewood bridle for XC and SJ. Flash noseband, square raised. The lighter color (chestnut-y I guess) which matches my saddle.
                      I've had it over ten years and I like it besides its functionality, it sets us apart a little from every other bridle out there on course.
                      The only thing was that it has a standard 16 1/2" browband which is a little small for my horse's wide head..

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                        #12
                        I was at a hunter show about 7 years ago (when I thought Harley, my OTTB who ran advanced last year, might be a hunter). I bought an Edgewood bridle because it looked more appropriate in the hunter ring. I have used it on him ever since for XC and SJ and I love it! It is still in great shape and was worth every penny. I will buy another one for sure when I need a new bridle. I agree about the reins though. I use Nunn Finer rubber reins. Good luck!
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                          #13
                          I have 3 Edgewood bridles and 4 different nosebands and have used them all the way to the upper levels.

                          My first bridle is at least 15 years old. It came with a flash attachment, but I pretty quickly added a unstitched figure eight. When I started doing FEI jogs I added a plain raised cavasson, which I've since used in a couple schooling hunter shows and I start my babies out in. Then bought another bridle for a larger horse. A few years ago I upgraded my figure eight to a plain raised figure eight. I found a very old Edgewood used last year that was perfect for my teenaged daughter--I won't cry when she breaks it since I got it for $50. It has a padded raised w/ stitching noseband so I guess that's 5 different nosebands...

                          I have one pair of Edgewood raised rubber reins, but the rest are something different. I use one of the bridles almost daily, and also have black dressage tack.

                          Needless to say I love Edgewood tack. I think it's nicer than Nunn Finer (sorry John)--little higher quality leather and finer stitching. The stitching is nicer than Stubbens too. They've all held up very well.

                          If you want to flirt back and forth with the hunter ring I think it is a great way to go!

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                            #14
                            I have Edgewoods, Nunn Finer and Bartville, Jimmy's, Stubben and Schumacher. I like my Jimmy's and an old unidentifiable hunt bridle the best, but the Edgewood is nice and goes well in both rings for a reasonable price. I have one schumacher that I love and one that I hate because it has NEVER broken in. One of my Nunn Finers also never broke in well, but others are just beautiful. Everything I have purchased from Bartville is GORGEOUS but doesn't really go in the hunter ring.

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                              #15
                              Any bridle worth owning is durable enough for eventing.

                              I have an Edgewood; it's a nice bridle. I did have to get the throatlatch shortened, though - it was oddly proportioned. That said, this was in Edgewood's first year and they probably fixed that by now.
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                                #16
                                We have an Edgewood for our small pony, it's lovely leather and fits her well.

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                                  #17
                                  I love my edgewood pieces - I have a Beval LTD bridle which coordinates perfectly with the edgewood figure 8 and rubber reins that I use for for xc & stadium - but I will also confess to being a former hunter princess who is obsessed with pretty tack - we have been rained on in every outing so far this season and they hold up beautifully. I wish the same could be said for my new Antares breastplate - so gorgeous with the blue and white elastic and fancy stitching, but the leather just isn't the same quality - got wet one time and has been discolored and dried out (despite obsessive oiling & conditioning) ever since!

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                                    #18
                                    I was recently told that Edgewoods are Indian leather now. True?
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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by sisu27 View Post
                                      I was recently told that Edgewoods are Indian leather now. True?
                                      Nope - American leather... used to be Sedgewick's.
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                                        #20
                                        I love my Edgewood bridles.
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