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Am I The Only One Who Hates Fancy Stitched Bridles?

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  • Am I The Only One Who Hates Fancy Stitched Bridles?

    I see them everywhere, and I find they are the norm with most higher end tack. But I really, really dislike them. I would take a nice, raised noseband any day, and I think they look better on most horses anyway!

    Please tell me I'm not the only one out there...

  • #2
    I don't hate them, I even own a couple, but I much prefer my plain bridles over the fancy stitched ones. IMO the beauty is in the quality of the leather and workmanship, I don't need anything else.


    • #3
      'Hate' is a bit strong, but I prefer plain -- Unfortunately, the plain ones don't seem to go on sale, so my show tack is mostly fancy stiched --
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      • #4
        Yes I much prefer plain, raised noseband/browbands. Have a couple fancy stiched, but kind of "Acquired" them didn't actively buy them!


        • #5
          Not a fan of the stitched either. But I had a braided bridle that I really used to love. My old mare had a beautiful head, and the bridle just showcased it perfectly.
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          • #6
            I'm kind of a fan of fancy stitched... I just hate rolled leather bridles. I am of the opinion that unless your horse is an Arabian, it's just not appropriate. Maybe that's just me.
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            • #7
              I think on a plain head, the fancy stitch looks nice. Like my mare does not have a very pretty shaped head at all-its big, and jug-like, nothing refined or feminine about it. So I bought her a square raised, fancy stitched wide noseband bridle a few weeks ago and it definitely makes her head look a lot prettier!


              • #8
                I prefer square raised bridles, honestly. No strong feelings, but that's what looks nicest on my horse
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                • #9
                  The only bridles I really and truly hate are flat leather. I know it's traditional, but I find them horribly unattractive.
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                  • #10
                    I don't like the fancy stitched either. I think they look too busy. To me it's about the beauty of the horse... All my bridles are plain raised and dark oiled. Soooo classic looking.


                    I have this bridle with no flash and oiled up really dark... I just love it.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by KateKat View Post
                      I think on a plain head, the fancy stitch looks nice. Like my mare does not have a very pretty shaped head at all-its big, and jug-like, nothing refined or feminine about it. So I bought her a square raised, fancy stitched wide noseband bridle a few weeks ago and it definitely makes her head look a lot prettier!
                      For some reason the sign on my gate reads: "plain solid bays only"

                      for which a fancy stitch works wonderfully.
                      My grey was quite loud. He went in a plain bridle until he turned totally white--at which time he moved to a fancy stitch.
                      Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


                      • #12
                        1. When you're out there in the ring can anybody even see the fancy stitching?!?
                        2. I doubt that a judge would knock you in a confo class based on the stitching on your bridle.
                        3. Once you ride in in a few times the stitching becomes a bit dirty and doesn't have the pop it did when new.

                        So, one more vote for plain raised tack, it is timeless and classic. I love mine.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by amastrike View Post
                          The only bridles I really and truly hate are flat leather. I know it's traditional, but I find them horribly unattractive.
                          That's interesting. I think the best look for my classic plain jane bay TB is a classic flat hunter bridle.

                          Personal taste, I guess.
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                          • #14
                            Put me in the plain raised class also, although I actually prefer the plain raised padded bridles. When I see plain raised, I think understated elegance. However, I am not a fan of the big super-wide nosebands unless the horse has a head to match. The raised padded is a nice middle ground.

                            I also agree with an earlier poster that it seems that the bridles that tend to go on sale are more often fancy stitiched. Bummer for me, better for my pocketbook.


                            • Original Poster

                              I somehow lucked out with a plain bay mare... I'm still anti-fancy stitch.

                              My mare only has a teeeensy white star, but I still think the classic square raised bridle looks best.


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by caffeinated View Post
                                I prefer square raised bridles, honestly. No strong feelings, but that's what looks nicest on my horse
                                I'm not the only one who likes the square raised bridles?

                                1. Square raised
                                2. Plain raised (what I have for myself)
                                3. Fancy stitched (what was provided with my leased horse)
                                4. Braid inlays

                                Flat bridles look okay on some heads but terrible on others so I didn't include them in my rankings.


                                • #17
                                  My preference is for whatever I think looks best on the particular horse. One of mine looks (I think) awful in a fancy stitched or thick/wide leather (smaller, more refined head) and looks lovely in a well oiled, narrower, unpadded bridle. The other one looks great in my slightly wider, padded, fancy stitched bridle but he also looks just fine in a plain or unpadded or non-fancy stitched one.
                                  I just think he looks more dressed up in the fancy stitched one


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by amastrike View Post
                                    The only bridles I really and truly hate are flat leather. I know it's traditional, but I find them horribly unattractive.
                                    And I, on the other hand, definitely prefer flat tack. ESPECIALLY on a horse with a large head.

                                    I think putting a skinny raised bridle on a big head makes the head look BIGGER and MORE "COMMON".

                                    Just my opinion.

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                                    • #19
                                      bump the square raised!


                                      • #20
                                        I like that there is an assortment of acceptable bridle styles for hunters. I have never really thought about which style I prefer; I just try to find one that suites the horse the best and is in my budget. For me it is not so much what the judge likes or if they can see it, it is what I like and I think looks classy on my horse.
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