• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

how to choose a bridle?

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • how to choose a bridle?

    for few months now i've been looking at various bridle styles for my mare.
    we no longer compete so it's just a 'pleasure' bridle for both arena work and trails.
    all i need is a simple snaffle but there are so many options out there, flat, raised, stitching, no stitching, v-brow bands, flashy brow bands - $100 - $300. my head is spinning. i don't have $300 to spend so those are out

    however, how did you decide which style suits your horse most? she's a small horse w/ relatively fine head so i'm staying away from those w/ really wide nosebands. but still finding it difficult to choose. i looked at kieffer's and bobby's bridles yesterday which left me even more confused.


    i'd appreciate some thoughts and suggestionsr. on what to look for
    http://www.eponashoe.com/
    TQ(Trail Queen) \"Learn How to Ride or Move Over!!\" Clique

  • #2
    I always just buy cheap snaffle bridles for at home, like under $30 cheap. I prefer plain brown, flat caveson, no raised or fancy stitched anything, and plain reins. If it comes with a raised stitched caveson I swap it out with a flat one. I just don't like the look of raised/stiched. It's easier to clean the grime off plain tack, too. Usually I swap out the plain browband with a not-good-enough-for-the-show-ring-anymore patent leather browband, but only because I like the look and I have them laying around.

    Comment


    • #3
      Well, I've always chosen my bridles for the function they are intended to perform, then for how they fit and look on my horse, then for how easy they are to maintain.

      My dressage bridle is a Schumacher with padded flash nose band, all black, no flash or "bling". Reins are the "Eventa" rubber reins as I love their weight and feel.

      My hunting bridle is by Henri de Rivel. Plain havanna leather, traditional plain flat brow and nose, laced snaffle rein, plain curb. (we hunt in a pelham)

      My everyday jumping bridle is a cheap version of my HDR that I picked up on ebay for $15.00. It's safe, fits well, looks nice 'tho plain and I don't really care what happens to it. It has laced reins, although I'd die to get my hands on a brown set of "Eventa" rubber reins for it.

      My winter bridle is black with brass fittings and is made of a combination of beta and biothane. I LOVE THIS BRIDLE. To wash it, I throw it in a bucket of soapy water! The bit on this bridle is a Nathe flexible mullen snaffle, so it doesn't get cold like a metal bit and is super on those frigid days when I'm out hacking.

      So, If you are just pleasure riding, you don't need to concern yourself with rules, only what fits your horse and your budget.

      I came across these the other day and when my OS kicks the bucket, this is what I'm replacing it with. Super nice, super easy to care for...

      http://www.sportsaddle.com/noflash/a...othane%20.html
      (scroll down to the "english headstall")
      http://www.foxhuntingfriesian.blogspot.com
      http://www.isherwoodstudios.blogspot.com

      Comment

      • Original Poster

        #4
        thanks for the ideas

        i did consider beta but then given the price i thought maybe i should stick w/ leather... can't decide.
        although we're only pleasure riding i would like the tack to match in some ways. my saddle is a havana brown so black beta bridle doesn't look too hot with it. i thought of getting brown beta w/ a light brown beta overaly but then that makes for a higher price.

        i do see a lot of HDR's reasonably priced around. i should check them out.

        do you have any issues w/ the cheaper bridles rubbing the horse due to stiffer leather?
        http://www.eponashoe.com/
        TQ(Trail Queen) \"Learn How to Ride or Move Over!!\" Clique

        Comment


        • #5
          One website I quite like for bridle choices is eqtack. They have lots of Bobby's stuff and prices from $80-$200+ I think their stuff is great. Also, Schneider's has some rather inexpensive bridles that are just fine for pleasure work.

          As long as you use some conditioner on your new leather, I doubt you'll have any issues with rubs. I've used some cheap cheap stuff, and that's never been a problem. Some leather conditioner and a few sweaty workouts usually soften it up, haha.

          Also, ebay ebay ebay. I love it! Find some brands you like, then scour ebay. You'll find great deals. Just make sure you buy from a seller with a reasonable amount of feedback.

          As far as style, go with what you and your horse like. I like plain easy stuff, but if you have an old neat browband you want to throw on, that's fun too. My grandma always has so many old bridle parts in her box of treasures that I never really need to purchase anything new except for show = )

          Comment

          • Original Poster

            #6
            i've been on eqtack for days

            i do like a couple of the bridles, just not sure whether the color is right. like i said my saddle is dark havana brown.
            i really like bobby's padded snaffle the one that comes in black/brown or brown/black but again, i have a feeling that brown is all wrong
            http://www.eponashoe.com/
            TQ(Trail Queen) \"Learn How to Ride or Move Over!!\" Clique

            Comment


            • #7
              Originally posted by marta View Post
              do you have any issues w/ the cheaper bridles rubbing the horse due to stiffer leather?
              Nah, but I don't go with super cheap. I don't like Silver Fox- too much like cardboard, but I do like Gatsby. I bought a couple of Gatsby full bridles on eBay for like $20 each, added Gatsby flat cavesons for about $6 on eBay at the same time and show browbands that I already had. They're soft and supple and I showed in them, they looked that nice. They won't hold up for years like a $200+ bridle will, but the price was right.

              Comment


              • #8
                Originally posted by shakeytails View Post
                Nah, but I don't go with super cheap. I don't like Silver Fox- too much like cardboard, but I do like Gatsby. I bought a couple of Gatsby full bridles on eBay for like $20 each, added Gatsby flat cavesons for about $6 on eBay at the same time and show browbands that I already had. They're soft and supple and I showed in them, they looked that nice. They won't hold up for years like a $200+ bridle will, but the price was right.
                I LOVE my Gatsby bridle! I got it on Ebay for $16 and now that I've cleaned and oiled the snot out of it the leather is pretty decent--GREAT buy for the price. They come in lots of different styles. My boy rocks the double raised.

                http://www.facebook.com/home.php?fil...8&id=751565037
                (his supermodel moment )
                I love my Econo-Nag!

                Comment


                • #9
                  Originally posted by marta View Post
                  do you have any issues w/ the cheaper bridles rubbing the horse due to stiffer leather?
                  I admit I'm a tack snob and hate cheap leather, especially the stuff that feels like cardboard. I recently cleaned someone's bridle for them and I wondered how uncomfortable the poor horse must feel wearing such crap, I knew it was several years old and had been cleaned and conditioned on a regular basis but the inside of the bridle was not at all smooth and stiff as a board, even after I thoroughly cleaned and conditioned it.

                  I'm not suggesting everyone has to pay hundreds of dollars for an everyday bridle but I would certainly buy something of decent quality. Also some of those cheap bridles don't have stainless steel hardware, which I consider essential. I know stainless steel can still break but the odds are a lot less than with the cheap hardware that is used on the really low end tack. And the really cheap bridles I have seen frequently seem to be falling apart easily, leather breaking/cracking, stitching coming loose, etc.

                  Comment

                  • Original Poster

                    #10
                    what about tory bridles?

                    are they any good?
                    i just came across one for $80 i like it too.
                    http://www.eponashoe.com/
                    TQ(Trail Queen) \"Learn How to Ride or Move Over!!\" Clique

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      I *think* Treadstone bridles are pretty affordable, if you can find them. I have one that I really like, though mine was like $15 used on Ebay.

                      I'm not crazy about my Bobby's bridle though. It's very stiff and the size is TINY. It is marked as a cob, but it is almost pony sized.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        marta,
                        I haven't seen Tory bridles but I have a Tory leather halter that is gorgeous, very well made and very nice leather.
                        2016 RRP Makeover Competitor www.EnviousBid.com

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          I just bought a Plymouth dressage bridle from SmartPak for Mr. Blondie. I like it. Others on here have also bought the new SmartPak line and posted positive reviews.

                          My bridle was $50. Free shipping (there's a code floating around on Off Course somewhere).

                          http://www.smartpakequine.com/Produc...ctclassid=7211
                          Approved helmet: Every time; every ride.
                          "When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - RAR's wise brother

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Hampton Bay View Post
                            I *think* Treadstone bridles are pretty affordable, if you can find them. I have one that I really like, though mine was like $15 used on Ebay.

                            I'm not crazy about my Bobby's bridle though. It's very stiff and the size is TINY. It is marked as a cob, but it is almost pony sized.
                            A friend of mine has a tack shop. She sells the Treadstone line of bridles and has many of them. www.wayfarerfarm.net is her site.

                            I LOVE Tory leather. My hunting breastplate is Tory.

                            I NEVER use tack made from "cardboard" leather. It is just yucky. The "cheap" schooling bridle I got off of ebay for $15 is so supple it nearly melts in your hands. Not stiff at all. I guess there's "cheap", and then there's "cheap".
                            http://www.foxhuntingfriesian.blogspot.com
                            http://www.isherwoodstudios.blogspot.com

                            Comment

                            • Original Poster

                              #15
                              went to the tack shop this weekend.

                              i saw the treadstones. they are nice but the color didn't really suit my saddle.

                              but the tory's bridles were great! and the tory flat bridle was just perfect for my mare. the havana brown matches the saddle, too. so my search is over

                              and thumbs up to tory product line
                              http://www.eponashoe.com/
                              TQ(Trail Queen) \"Learn How to Ride or Move Over!!\" Clique

                              Comment


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Risk-Averse Rider View Post
                                I just bought a Plymouth dressage bridle from SmartPak for Mr. Blondie. I like it. Others on here have also bought the new SmartPak line and posted positive reviews.

                                My bridle was $50. Free shipping (there's a code floating around on Off Course somewhere).

                                http://www.smartpakequine.com/Produc...ctclassid=7211
                                I know the OP has figured out her bridle dilemma but...


                                I purchased the Plymouth dressage bridle for my guy and it's great for the price.
                                I am pleased with the quality and my trainer thought it was a very nice bridle and others thought it was worth more too. It's perfect since I don't want to shell out tons of cash on my greenie who broke my last two bridles...in two isolated incidents...Also, FWIW to others I've found that Kieffer bridles seem to run a little larger.

                                Comment

                                Working...
                                X