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    A dressage bridle befitting a hunter princess

    In desperation, good taste and snottiness, I pose the question here, in H/J:

    Where do you people who know that a bridle is to a horse what a nice hat is to a woman at the Kentucky Derby find your dressage bridles?

    I have Standards but I'll bring those up later.

    Many thanks!
    The armchair saddler
    Politically Pro-Cat

    #2
    Are you looking for an actual dressage bridle? Check out Dressage Extensions, which has a huge selection at a big range of price-points. I find that no matter what I do, the black leather just never supples up like my old Crosby, which I've been told has something to do with the dying. Expect them to be a little less buttery than you're used to in a hunter bridle

    That said, when we masquerade in the dressage ring, HP that I am, I found one with a pearl brow band. Makes me very happy with its understated elegance.
    A Year In the Saddle

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      #3
      I have to admit I am partial to the Dyon range:

      http://www.dyon.be/produits_details_...&Id_sss_cat=40
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        #4
        Jerrys Harness Shop. Gave a double bridle as a gift to my sister... The leather was very very nice. Pricy, but nice

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          #5
          Go to your local consignment shop, I have beautiful dressage (and hunter) bridles in my shop. They would go with any exquisite hat at the derby.
          http://STA551.com
          845-363-1875

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            #6
            Wrong forum?

            By "you people" did you mean to ask the DQs where they get their bridles?

            As a recovering DQ, I can tell you that any decent leather dressage bridle will do. I love my Red Barn bridle, for example.

            It's the brow band that gives the bridle its distinction. These are my faves:

            http://www.peopleonhorses.com/
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              #7
              As one who crosses over to the "D-ark" side frequently, Id say the Dressage connection can steer you in the right direction.

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                #8
                I'm also very partial to my Red Barn bridle from justbridles.com
                Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
                Witherun Farm
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                  #9
                  I once saw (and desperately wanted!) the *perfect* dressage bridle for the hunter princess on eBay: it was essentially a black Edgewood. Yup. Apparently, there was a guy who was an acquaintance of the seller who used to work for Edgewood and then went off and started doing his own thing (and no longer does). One of his pieces was this beautiful raised padded black "Edgewood"... in oversize. No way on God's green earth would it fit either of my horses, so I had to pass. But it was gorgeous.

                  ETA - As something of an aside, I have a Doebert that I rather like.
                  Last edited by pattnic; Apr. 27, 2012, 01:07 PM.
                  If we have to nail on talent, it's not talent.
                  Founder, Higher Standards Leather Care Addicts Anonymous

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                    #10
                    Don't believe it if you're told you can't get buttery black leather! I can't stand stiff bridles, so went hunting when I needed a black one. Got a KL Select, and it's gorgeous. I don't like their Red Barn line, though I know it has fans - the leather's not nearly as nice.

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                      #11
                      I'm an Ex Hunter Princess and I love buttery soft leather.

                      I just got a KL Select Fanfare bridle. It is EXQUISITE. And it has a REGULAR cavesson (I hate flash and cranks) and isn't super super wide like some. It has gorgeous square-raised padded browband and noseband. Wide-ish, but not crazy wide for my Morgans' head

                      I'm in LOVE with this bridle. Got it from a KL Select dealer who has a store on ebay

                      Ain't it purty????
                      http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...farebridle.jpg

                      And it's the one on the right, in this pic, all oiled and ready to ride!
                      http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/k...dle/6photo.jpg

                      The best thing about it is that she sold me the Cob size, but put a Full size browband on it for me!!! My Morgan fits perfectly into the Cob sized KL Select/Red Barn bridles EXCEPT for the browband....she needs a FULL size for her forehead So my new dressage bridle came already, "Frankensteined", for me!!!
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                        #12
                        I agree with the KL fans out there. I'm also a total "hunter princess". I have about a dozen edgewoods for show and for schooling and I'm accustomed to butter-soft reins and headstalls. In vain I searched for a similar dressage bridle. I purchased several "good" brands (Passier, Vespucci, etc) and none of them ever got "soft" even with excellent oiling and care..... a hunter-oriented Tack Store employee suggested KL and Red Barn. I bought one on-line and not sorry! It's still barely used (I don't ride dressage that often) but it's already softer than my other bridles ever were. If you have time and budget, I'd also recommend New Cavalry. Same quality (spin off) as Edgewood but with more custom-focus. I've not used any of their dressage bridles, but the hunter ones I've got are absolutely on par with my Edgewoods and I know they have a lot of tack options in black. Good luck!
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                          Originally posted by ElementFarm View Post
                          If you have time and budget, I'd also recommend New Cavalry. Same quality (spin off) as Edgewood but with more custom-focus.
                          Oooh, good call! New Cav is harder to come by now, so I'd forgotten about that as an option!

                          As an aside, Edgewood spun off of New Cav, not the other way around.
                          If we have to nail on talent, it's not talent.
                          Founder, Higher Standards Leather Care Addicts Anonymous

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                            #14
                            Since my horse is a crossover dressage horse but primarily a hunter, I felt strongly about no flash. BOY does that LIMIT your options. Flashes are really popular for dressage bridles!

                            I ended up with an AdT and it's lovely. Oiled up nice and it's very flattering. I'm happy with it.

                            http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y19...AD_0004cor.jpg

                            http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y19...AD_0005cor.jpg

                            I have a KL Select that is nice too, though not as nice IMHO. And a Nunn Finer that I bought 'cuz the eventers swear by them and it's JUNK.
                            ~Veronica
                            "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"
                            http://photobucket.com/albums/y192/vxf111/

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                              #15
                              Thanks for your replies! I'll comment on some of them.

                              Originally posted by Lucassb View Post
                              I have to admit I am partial to the Dyon range:

                              http://www.dyon.be/produits_details_...&Id_sss_cat=40
                              Very nice and I trust you. But! It violates my "the crown of the noseband must be attached to by a loop, not just sewn in there by someone one being rational and modern and cutting corners" rule.

                              I don't think I should change the rule, do you?

                              Originally posted by STA View Post
                              Go to your local consignment shop, I have beautiful dressage (and hunter) bridles in my shop. They would go with any exquisite hat at the derby.
                              Oh, honey. Were I in Westchester County, NY... I'm in Oregon's Willamette Valley. We don't do this kind of special tack here. We are too busy inventing new kinds of western bling. It's truly amazing, even if it doesn't help.
                              The armchair saddler
                              Politically Pro-Cat

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by pattnic View Post
                                I once saw (and desperately wanted!) the *perfect* dressage bridle for the hunter princess on eBay: it was essentially a black Edgewood. Yup. Apparently, there was a guy who was an acquaintance of the seller who used to work for Edgewood and then went off and started doing his own thing (and no longer does). One of his pieces was this beautiful raised padded black "Edgewood"... in oversize. No way on God's green earth would it fit either of my horses, so I had to pass. But it was gorgeous.

                                ETA - As something of an aside, I have a Doebert that I rather like.
                                I saw that same bridle. I didn't buy it for the same reason. Then, there was a black New Cavalry on Premier Tack Whatever. It was OS.

                                Those set the standard, didn't they?
                                The armchair saddler
                                Politically Pro-Cat

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                                  #17
                                  Have you looked at fivestartack.com?
                                  Full-time bargain hunter.

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                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by mvp View Post
                                    I saw that same bridle. I didn't buy it for the same reason. Then, there was a black New Cavalry on Premier Tack Whatever. It was OS.

                                    Those set the standard, didn't they?
                                    Was it padded in tan? If so, I saw that too. But FYI padding in a contrasting color is pretty "out of style" for dressage... and given how much I look like a duck out of water doing dressage-- I didn't want a bridle that screamed "I don't quite fit in."

                                    Although, now that I have all but quit dressage...
                                    ~Veronica
                                    "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"
                                    http://photobucket.com/albums/y192/vxf111/

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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by pattnic View Post
                                      Oooh, good call! New Cav is harder to come by now, so I'd forgotten about that as an option!

                                      As an aside, Edgewood spun off of New Cav, not the other way around.
                                      And I don't think ordering from New Cav is an easy, "What you see is what you get" type proposition. That's too bad. It's an international tragedy.

                                      Originally posted by onelanerode View Post
                                      Have you looked at fivestartack.com?
                                      I have seen (and felt) some of their black bridle leather in person. It seems like the go-to source.

                                      How about Silverleaf? My guess is that this is black tack made my Harmon Kraft.

                                      I haven't seen KL Select. I'll check it out.

                                      I do think that dressagers could learn a thing or two from hunter world about bridles-- building them, choosing leather, caring for them. (Of course, dressagers taught us to care about saddle fit.)
                                      The armchair saddler
                                      Politically Pro-Cat

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                                        #20
                                        Originally posted by Lucassb View Post
                                        I have to admit I am partial to the Dyon range:

                                        http://www.dyon.be/produits_details_...&Id_sss_cat=40
                                        Originally posted by mvp View Post

                                        Very nice and I trust you. But! It violates my "the crown of the noseband must be attached to by a loop, not just sewn in there by someone one being rational and modern and cutting corners" rule.

                                        I don't think I should change the rule, do you?
                                        Certainly not. That is one of my rules as well, and so I have already spoken to them (admittedly some time ago) to obtain an assurance that the noseband can be attached properly.

                                        Originally posted by mvp View Post
                                        And I don't think ordering from New Cav is an easy, "What you see is what you get" type proposition. That's too bad. It's an international tragedy.

                                        I have seen (and felt) some of their black bridle leather in person. It seems like the go-to source.
                                        Sadly, NC is not what it once was. The more current NC stuff I have seen is nowhere near the fit and finish of the older stuff, which is in fact an international tragedy because it was really, really good at one time. Unfortunately the guy who owns that gig doesn't seem to be able to truly (re) commit to the business, and although he hasn't completely abandoned his one-time stated goal of creating $1000 bridles that people would actually buy in some quantity, he hasn't come up with a business model that has any durability, either.

                                        ETA: Just had a thought. Wonder if you could get Wayne at Country Saddler to do an awesome fancy dressage bridle? He does seriously beautiful work. Let me know if you decide to inquire; I'd like to know if that is an option.
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