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  • HELP! Need new bridle ASAP!

    OK, so I posted looking for bridle suggestions on the Dressage board (looking for a flash bridle, mainly) and got some good suggestions.

    However, I need something fairly inexpensive (but still decent quality) and I need it fast. Here's the catch, though... My OTTB has a TINY head. I'm not sure it'd fit a cob, but he needs a bridle fitted for a horse with a VERY slim head. I need it as quick as possible because, while my current bridle sort of fits on the last hole on everything, I'm getting ready to head off to a Pony Club camp in about 2 weeks, and (for those of you who don't know USPC) they're VERY picky about stuff being on the last hole.

    I need to order a bridle ASAP for it to get here in time but I haven't found ANYTHING I think would fit him. AGH.

    Thanks in advance!!
    Trying a life outside of FEI tents and hotel rooms.

  • #2
    Its not cheap, in fact they are very expensive, but Hadfields are sized for the TB so their full size (regular) would probably be a perfect fit.

    I don't know about sizing but the Smartpak line of bridles are very popular and reasonably priced, supposed to be good quality.

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    • Original Poster

      #3
      Thanks! I'll check them out. If I can talk the 'rents into it (still a junior, lol) then I might have to go that route.
      Trying a life outside of FEI tents and hotel rooms.

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        #4
        Anyone have any experience with Otto Schumacher bridles?

        This one would match my saddle pretty well and it's a TB size.. can't find a Hadfield anywhere near me or on eBay, but my eBay skills are lacking haha.

        http://www.premiertackoutlet.com/Sch...gure8front.jpg
        Trying a life outside of FEI tents and hotel rooms.

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        • #5
          Five Star Tack is having a 40% off sale and www.PremierTackOutlet.com discounts high end bridles and sells used as well.

          there is a thread on the Five Star Tack sale if you're interested.

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            #6
            The Schumacher I'm looking at is from PremierTackOutlet.com

            I was looking at 5* but didn't see anything either black, or close to my saddle color :/ stupid Prestige reddish color... *sigh* I swear, that's the saddle's only flaw, and yet the most consequential one.
            Trying a life outside of FEI tents and hotel rooms.

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            • #7
              The only thing with PTO is that they don't refund your money, so if size is an issue you might want to get all the measurements from Rebecca first.

              If you are wanting a reddish color, then go with Edgewood, although again they are not cheap but PTO usually has some.

              I don't know anything about black tack or Otto Schumacher.

              You could also call Farmhouse Tack, www.farmhousetack.com, they were having a sale on breeches recently and are very helpful, they could probably suggest something and their service is fast. Hopefully their bridles are on sale too. A friend got an Edgewood there for $125 because it had already been oiled but it was brand new.

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              • Original Poster

                #8
                Awesome! Thank you so much for your help!
                Trying a life outside of FEI tents and hotel rooms.

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                • #9
                  You might also look at Ovation... they use the same leather as Edgewood, so their "Hazelnut" color oils to the same as Edgewood.

                  I would also suggest looking at Beval. Their horse size runs smaller than many other companies' horse size. My mare fits perfectly into a Beval cob, but *can* wear a Beval horse. Their Stamford bridle is a reddish-brown and is a fairly decent price.
                  If we have to nail on talent, it's not talent.
                  Founder, Higher Standards Leather Care Addicts Anonymous

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by pattnic View Post
                    You might also look at Ovation... they use the same leather as Edgewood, so their "Hazelnut" color oils to the same as Edgewood.
                    Wait, they do? Source!!?? I am curious!!!
                    ~Veronica
                    "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"
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                    • #11
                      Oh boy, good price and sounds right up your alley....

                      http://www.farmhousetack.com/servlet...2C-sale/Detail
                      ~Veronica
                      "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"
                      http://photobucket.com/albums/y192/vxf111/

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                      • #12
                        Would this work?

                        http://www.farmhousetack.com/servlet...2C-sale/Detail

                        Only $130 for an Edgewood bridle!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by vxf111 View Post
                          Wait, they do? Source!!?? I am curious!!!
                          Both now use Wickett & Craig... and my Ovation running attachment perfectly matches my Edgewood breastplate. Because I don't often use laced reins, I plan on getting Ovation reins to go with my Edgewood bridle.
                          If we have to nail on talent, it's not talent.
                          Founder, Higher Standards Leather Care Addicts Anonymous

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                          • #14
                            Five Star Tack's Symphony Bridle is normally $286, which includes reins. They are no longer doing the 40% off sale, but they are doing 25% off through the end of the month. I have a 16.1 hand TB (if you look on the figure 8 bridle suggestion thread, there are several pictures of him) and he wears the cob size, so I would definitely suggest that one. It's also a reddish color. I have an Amerigo Vega in Oakbark and it matches well. Otherwise the Ovation line in the hazelnut color is a reddish tone as well. You can get a bridle and reins for less than $200. The leather is nice on those as well.

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                            • Original Poster

                              #15
                              Thanks guys! Looking into all of the above suggestions

                              It's good to know about the Ovation! I was always worried about what type of leather they used, having never seen it in person as there are no dealers nearby, but that's good to know

                              I'm also looking at a friend's Micklem that fit her horse (who's got a VERY petite head)... any experiences with those, good or bad?

                              Thanks so much again!
                              Trying a life outside of FEI tents and hotel rooms.

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                              • #16
                                Is the Micklem allowed by your pony club? I know several horses who have them, one whose movement is substantially better and the others who don't seem to have any noticeable difference between the Micklem and their regular bridles. I believe they make them in 2 grades of leather now, the ones I have seen were of very decent looking leather.

                                Regarding the Ovation bridles, I have seen some that were very very nice and others not so much, so I would try and see for yourself before you buy.

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                                • Original Poster

                                  #17
                                  I've seen several people in Pony Club using them (the one in particular is from a PC'er friend who bought it and never used it, lol).

                                  I've heard fantastic things about them, which is why I was looking.
                                  Trying a life outside of FEI tents and hotel rooms.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by pattnic View Post
                                    You might also look at Ovation... they use the same leather as Edgewood, so their "Hazelnut" color oils to the same as Edgewood.
                                    It turns out that this is only partially true, and a very misleading statement. I contacted JustBridles.com to verify because a friend is looking for reins to match her Edgewood headstall and was told that while Ovation's leather comes from Wickets and Craig as well, it is NOT the same leather. This was the response I received "[FONT=Helvetica]Edgewood uses a much thicker hide that is a better grade, they also have different production and finishing techniques, quality of thread, and hardware." JustBridles.com did say that the colors are similar enough that for someone looking to save money it would be a good match colorwise.[/FONT]

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                                    • Original Poster

                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by BAC View Post
                                      It turns out that this is only partially true, and a very misleading statement. I contacted JustBridles.com to verify because a friend is looking for reins to match her Edgewood headstall and was told that while Ovation's leather comes from Wickets and Craig as well, it is NOT the same leather. This was the response I received "[FONT=Helvetica]Edgewood uses a much thicker hide that is a better grade, they also have different production and finishing techniques, quality of thread, and hardware." JustBridles.com did say that the colors are similar enough that for someone looking to save money it would be a good match colorwise.[/FONT]
                                      Good to know! Thanks! Was wondering about that too...
                                      Trying a life outside of FEI tents and hotel rooms.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by AppyGoLucky View Post
                                        Good to know! Thanks! Was wondering about that too...
                                        Yes, manufacturers have leather in varying degrees of quality. Just as every bridle advertised as "Sedgewick" leather will not be equal in quality, the same is true of Wickets & Craig, etc.

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