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    I have been on the hunt for a new bridle. This one seems to have great reviews and seems reasonably priced. Does anyone have it or have a bridle they love that is around this price?

    http://www.smartpakequine.com/harwic...pak-7215p.aspx

    Thanks!
    ::Karley::

    Henry (House of Fortuny) 7 yr old OTTB
    http://dondeestahenry.blogspot.com/

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    Originally posted by kchfuller View Post
    I have been on the hunt for a new bridle. This one seems to have great reviews and seems reasonably priced. Does anyone have it or have a bridle they love that is around this price?

    http://www.smartpakequine.com/harwic...pak-7215p.aspx

    Thanks!
    I do not have one but I've heard they are very good quality for the price.
    Originally posted by EquineImagined
    My subconscious is a wretched insufferable beotch.

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      #3
      I don't have one but have also heard that they are nice for what you pay. I think there have been other threads about this bridle so you may search and see. I am not sure though.
      www.equestrianathart.com

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        #4
        Have it, love it, great value for the price.

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          #5
          I just got a Plymouth bridle today. The leather quality was awesome for the price, much better than I expected, so I would assume a Harwich would be great quality too. One great thing about smartpak is if you don't like the bridle or it doesn't fit, you can return it without a hassle!
          come what may

          Rest in peace great mare, 1987-2013

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            #6
            I have it. I also have the Arc De Triomphe Imperial which I use daily. But I was looking for a bridle to use on rain days so I didn't have to worry about excessive wear on my ADT bridle.

            Everyone says the Harwich is "great for the price" which I always interpreted as it's a cheap bridle and it's very nice for cheap. Not that it's quality.

            Mine is QUALITY that rivals my ADT. The leather smells like leather. It's supple. It's a gorgeous color. It's stitched very well. The only thing it's missing is a roller on the buckle at the noseband (who cares!). The padding on it is soft! The only thing I noticed is that it's very thirsty. I oiled it and Passier Lederbaslm it. It's fabulous. It also fits like my ADT. (I'm pretty convinced sure SmartPak based their bridle designs off the ADT line - even the fancy stitch design is the same).

            The bridle is QUALITY and FABULOUS. I haven't had mine but a month or so, so I can't speak for longevity but I don't see it being an issue. The bonus is the LOW price.

            So I wouldn't say it's a great bridle 'for the price'. I would say it's a fantastic, quality, high-end looking/feeling bridle, and the price can't be beat.

            I'm so glad I stopped reading between the lines and bought one. Can't imagine what the Wellfleet version is like
            2leftsocks.blogspot.com

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              #7
              If you are willing to step up in price a little bit the Aramas bridles are really nice...not cheap nice, but nice, nice. I got my most recent Aramas from John at The Hitching Post. I wasn't crazy about the new crown piece design when it arrived, but now that I've used it...I love it.

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                #8
                Originally posted by kchfuller View Post
                I have been on the hunt for a new bridle. This one seems to have great reviews and seems reasonably priced. Does anyone have it or have a bridle they love that is around this price?

                http://www.smartpakequine.com/harwic...pak-7215p.aspx

                Thanks!
                I bought this a year ago and LOVE it! Great leather and very soft for the price! Definitely recommend. I recently was able to see the Plymouth ones and they are much cheaper and I would recommend them as well!
                Sir Frost, 4, OTTB
                Calm & Collected, 16, OTTB
                Forrest Gump (Catasauqua) , 20, OTTB
                Little Bit Indian, 31, TB (RIP 8/30/17)

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                  #9
                  Thanks everyone! I will be ordering it next pay check!

                  One more question- do they run pretty true to size? Henry doesn't have a big head but I've got two horse bridles which one is to small and the other (Collegiate) fits great and my two WB bridles don't fit him at all and are way to big... I know Smartpak is good to exchange if needed but just thought id ask
                  ::Karley::

                  Henry (House of Fortuny) 7 yr old OTTB
                  http://dondeestahenry.blogspot.com/

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                    #10
                    They're made for Smartpak by Aramas, not Mortack (Arc de Triomphe). There have been many prior threads on these bridles. Aside from a too-small keeper issue on mine, I love it. Best bang for the buck in the "less than Edgewood" price bracket. Would not say that it's nicer than the next price bracket (Edgewood, Arc, KL Select) but it's nearly as nice for a quarter of the price.
                    ~Veronica
                    "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"
                    http://photobucket.com/albums/y192/vxf111/

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                      #11
                      I own the Plymouth, $55-69 the Harwich $99 - 129 and the Wellfleet $200-220.

                      They are all superb bridles for the price - Two thumbs up

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                        #12
                        I really like my $45 bridle from Schneiders. I have this one and it looks nice enough that I know people who have used it at the big show in Scottsdale. I beat it up and don't take particularly good care of it, but it cleans up really nicely.

                        http://www.sstack.com/english_bridle...raised-bridle/

                        It only comes with braided reins, which I'm not a huge fan of, but for inexpensive braided reins, they really are quite nice.

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                          #13
                          The Harwich can't even begin to compare with the Edgewood in my opinion, but for the price I think it's worth it. I was given one by a friend and use it as a schooling bridle to keep my Edgewood nice (also have different bits and nosebands so it would be a pain in the butt to keep switching). I switched to rubber reins on the Edgewood, so I put the Edgewood reins on the Harwich and I like it better. I hated the reins that came with it. I can't say I would ever buy one for myself, but for the price it's nice.
                          "Many are riders; many are craftsmen; but few are artists on horseback."
                          ~George Morris

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                            #14
                            They do run a bit large, so I'd suggest ordering the horse size.
                            .

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                              #15
                              I got that Harwich bridle as a christmas gift last year, I was desperately in need of a propper fitting show bridle. I can't say I was satisfied with the bridle at all. The leather was "ok" in my book, very stiff when it arrived. I did not like the way that it was padded under the noseband, it was a little awkward. The very refined browband and more average sized noseband looked very awkward on my guy. I didn't want to get a monocrown(at the time) so I thought this would be a great alternative. The caveson piece that runs over the crown takes a long time to break in and fit flush with the crown piece. The fit was also really awkard on my horse, he is in between horse and o/s but I got it in o/s. It was just tight on some spots and very loose in others. Needless to say I returned it for store credit and purchased an ADT from SmartPak which I absolutely adore, it fits amazingly, the leather is amazing quality, the padding is butter soft, it oiled up well and it looks amazing on my horse.

                              I was at the SmartPak booth at Equine Affaire and I was touching all the bridles(I just can't help myself). I would definately buy from the Wellfleet line for my next bridle. Gorgeous bridles and the leather is higher quality than the Harwich bridles.

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by ohsareee View Post

                                I was at the SmartPak booth at Equine Affaire and I was touching all the bridles(I just can't help myself). I would definately buy from the Wellfleet line for my next bridle. Gorgeous bridles and the leather is higher quality than the Harwich bridles.
                                It also costs twice as much, and the ADT bridle is even more expensive.
                                .

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                                  #17
                                  100% agree that the higher end stuff (ADT, Edgewood) is nicer than the Harwich. But essentially, the Harwich is an Aramas for $100 or more less than what an Aramas will set you back for the same.exact.bridle. No one is going to mistake a Harwich for a Hadfield.... but for under $100, I haven't seen anything that comes even in the same ballpark quality as the Harwich.
                                  ~Veronica
                                  "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"
                                  http://photobucket.com/albums/y192/vxf111/

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                                    #18
                                    I have a Harwich dressage bridle and I have to say it is a very quality bridle. It's much nicer and fits my TB better than what it replaced, which cost twice as much (don't even remember the brand it was now as it's probably 5 years old).

                                    I didn't love the Harwich when I first got it then I used it a few times and that made all the difference. The leather is very nice for the price and the fit is just so much better for my horse!
                                    ~* Be kind to one another *~

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                                      #19
                                      I have a Harwich I use for schooling. The price was right so I bought it and it is a good schooling bridle. It needs a lot of oil, but at $50 on sale, that's fine with me. For showing, I have Smartpak's Wellfleet bridle. The step up in quality from the Harwich to the Wellfleet is amazing. The Wellfleet's leather is much nicer and it oils beautifully. I would buy the Wellfleet again in a heartbeat over an Edgewood bridle!

                                      As far as returns, OP, Smartpak is very accommodating and has very good customer service. I've had issues with them before, but they always make it right and stand behind their products.

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