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    This is a very fun thread! It's going to be hard to choose just a few things for best!

    Best:

    1. Courbette Husar saddles - These are my favorite saddles I have ever ridden in! Very old school and similar to the old Stübben Siegfrieds. Very comfortable for me, fits me perfectly, and seems to be pretty versatile in fit for the horses I use.

    2. Miller's Crosby bridles - I have a HUGE bridle collection ranging from the economy bridles I started out with to some really nice ones I got great deals on (Hadfield's, Edgewood, older Beval, Dover Wellington, etc.), but my favorites as far as durability go have to be my older Crosbys. They still look great after several years of use and hold up beautifully, plus the leather is great.

    3. Jimmy's Custom, Crosby XL Excel, and Crosby Selle Française girths - The first two are really nice, soft, flexible, thin girths, and the last is a gorgeous padded fancy stitched girth that is also nice and soft. Horses seem to love them, and I haven't found a prettier girth than the Selle Française in terms of aesthetics. The medium brown is perfect (though not trendy at the moment) and the cream colored fancy stitching sets it off perfectly.

    4. PRI Continental pocket pads - I have 4 of these for trail riding and the pockets come in so handy! As always, PRI's quality is great as well.

    5. Shires belt - I was just thinking about how glad I am that I picked up this belt at the tack store, actually! It has no holes, and you just buckle it wherever fits best. It's nice and stretchy, so comfortable to ride in. I use it as an everyday belt as well.

    6. Collegiate Graduate saddle - I sadly outgrew this years ago, but I loved learning to ride in this saddle! The older Collegiates really were excellent for the price.

    7. Weaver nylon halters & leads - Nothing fancy, but they last forever and are well made. Great everyday halters.

    Worst:

    1. Lancer's Rainbow Reins - They melted before I even got a chance to use them. Shame, because they were the only rubber reins I've ever liked the feel of (most are too bulky and stiff for me), but that's Rainbow Reins for you, plus you get what you pay for.

    2. Wintec bridle - I bought this strictly as an "I don't care what happens to it" schooling/training bridle to send with horses to trainers (since the last time I sent a nice bridle, it got trashed and I caught one hanging it BY THE BROWBAND on the edge of a trailer door; sorry, but I'm really anal about my tack), and it serves its purpose for that, but it's ugly and stiff, and never really lies flat on a horse's head. Definitely not something I'd choose as a personal schooling bridle for myself. On the upside, it's virtually indestructible.

    3. Henri de Rivel bridle - Leather has a plasticky, painted on finish and started getting surface cracks after a handful of uses. It's not the worst bridle I've ever seen and looks okay from a distance, but I wouldn't buy another. To be fair, it was $45 nearly brand new and I bought it because I needed a spare.

    4. TuffRider breeches - the button came off, leaving a staple, which scratched my saddle as I dismounted (luckily, it buffed out with some leather conditioner), and they were uncomfortable and constantly rode down.

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      BEST:
      -This CHEAP leather halter with pink detailing. So soft, especially at the price ($40 CAD)
      - My Antares bridle. So soft and beautiful.
      - Kask helmet. It fits me like a dream and is SO flattering.

      WORST:
      - Ogilvy half pad. They were SO trendy when I got it and totally fell for the hype. It effected saddle fit terribly and I felt perched in the tack.

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        Best:

        Hunt Club Derby Belts - I have several of these and they are the only thing I ride in now. They are SO comfortable and I love the fun designs.


        Worst:

        Smartpak Piper Breeches - I bought these when they first came out so I'm not sure if the fabric has been updated at all but the version I had I found to be very heavy and pilled a lot.

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          Best:

          Brand new Fleeceworks package of two dressage saddle pads and the sheepskin panels for $45 in the consignment area of a mainly hunter/jumper tack shop.

          Worst:

          Too many to pick from. More than one saddle in this category.
          "She is not fragile like a flower. She is fragile like a bomb."

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            Originally posted by 50ShadesOfHay View Post
            BEST: Animo Breeches! Hands down the most comfortable and well made breeches I have ever worn. I got 2 pairs on sale!

            They are really the most well thought out breeches out there, IMO.
            I so agree. Pricy but I since I know my size, I get them from european tack stores. Hands down amazing.

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              Originally posted by adultammylife View Post

              Worst:

              Smartpak Piper Breeches - I bought these when they first came out so I'm not sure if the fabric has been updated at all but the version I had I found to be very heavy and pilled a lot.
              totally agree. I always try them as a “bargain” schooling breech and am so disappointed in them. The fit isn’t great and the god awful logo stitched on the pocket and then also on the back is just way too loud for my taste. I learned my lesson with them.

              Now, the Dover Wellesley breech....one of my absolute favorite finds.

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                Originally posted by Fellbutbackup

                How does the fit differ? I've been interested in the Wellesleys.
                I bought them in 6 different colors LOL! I am short torsoed, long legs. I find they are a flattering high rise with the appropriate waist-to-hip ratio; where I find the Pipers are ill-fitting is this measurement...I am a true 28R in the Wellesleys but the 28R Piper is fine in the waist then baggy through the hip and seat, which only gets worse with washing and wear. I know it's not a fashion show but dear god, the loose and baggy butt area is not flattering in the least! The 26R in the Piper is just too small in the waist for me. I will add I am a 30R in TS.

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                  Originally posted by blondewithchrome View Post

                  I bought them in 6 different colors LOL! I am short torsoed, long legs. I find they are a flattering high rise with the appropriate waist-to-hip ratio; where I find the Pipers are ill-fitting is this measurement...I am a true 28R in the Wellesleys but the 28R Piper is fine in the waist then baggy through the hip and seat, which only gets worse with washing and wear. I know it's not a fashion show but dear god, the loose and baggy butt area is not flattering in the least! The 26R in the Piper is just too small in the waist for me. I will add I am a 30R in TS.
                  Some colors are on sale for $60, so with free returns, I have to give them a try.
                  BLACK LIVES MATTER

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                    Originally posted by billiebob View Post
                    Best: Horze Active breeches and smooth leather half chaps, Roma saddle pads and tendon boots, Tropical Rider tights, Redback boots, Ariat softshell jacket, Five Star Tack Chelsea bridle.

                    Worst: I will never buy another pair of Ariat or Blundstone boots again. I know I'm hard on my boots but I expect them to last more than three weeks.

                    Smartpak, I love you dearly but your new breeches wreaked havoc on my self esteem when I tried them on. It's not fun having to size up, but especially not 3 sizes and have them still be too tight
                    Thought it would be fun to update after 7 1/2 years........

                    Still the best: Redback boots, Five Star Tack bridle (this is now 9 or 10 years old and STILL cleans up to look almost brand new), Roma saddle pads. I still like Tropical Rider tights but like.....please add phone pockets. Pretty please.

                    New bests: PS of Sweden saddle pads, Classic Equine polo wraps, Kastel shirts, Shires Stormcheeta 2000D blankets, Gary Mundy stirrup leathers, Lazer Amulet dressage saddle, Koenig half chaps.

                    Worst: Centaur Climatex polo wraps -- I just can't get them to wrap nicely so maybe it's just me, quality-wise they seem fine. Blundstone boots are still a big fat no. I also tried both kinds of Ogilvy half pads and while I liked the gummy version a lot I hated the feel of the thicker one.
                    I love my Econo-Nag!

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                      Best: When I was living in the Netherlands, I bought a BR helmet. I love how comfortable it is and it's a great value for the price. I'd say it's on par with my wonderful OneK helmet.
                      (I think they're available from some tack shops in the Americas)

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                        Originally posted by ktm_here View Post

                        I so agree. Pricy but I since I know my size, I get them from european tack stores. Hands down amazing.
                        ktm_here what european tack stores do you buy from?
                        "These are my principles. If you do not like them, I have others." --Groucho Marx

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                          Hits
                          Clothing:
                          Aisling Equestrian: Their clothing is stunning, well made, and so different from the usual offerings. They also ship quickly (I've had packages arrive in three days from Sweden!).
                          DadaSport: Just really cool clothing and a source for unique Helite airvest shells and jackets, if you need.

                          Tack:
                          Bridle: Edgewood. I know it's not an exciting choice, but they has a solid reputation for a reason.
                          Leather Halter: Chicks. Leather breakaway with engraving for $30? Yes, please.
                          Saddle: Black Country. The customizations and the price point can't be matched. Patty Merli in South Carolina is the rep that I worked with. She's great.
                          Acavallo Just Gel Pad: It keeps my saddle in place and hopefully helps dull my bounce!

                          Misses
                          I'm not in love with Bobby's Tack or Nunn Finer bridles. For the price, I don't think the leather quality is great. I also take issue Tailored Sportsman. For $200 I shouldn't have metal hooks (on the inside of the breeches) cutting into my skin.

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                            Originally posted by ktm_here View Post

                            I so agree. Pricy but I since I know my size, I get them from european tack stores. Hands down amazing.
                            Seriously, I keep searching for something I like as much to no avail. I do have a pair of Carma Italia I love, but that's not exactly saving money.
                            I've bought a lot of mine off eBay from international sellers.

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                              Originally posted by blondewithchrome View Post

                              totally agree. I always try them as a “bargain” schooling breech and am so disappointed in them. The fit isn’t great and the god awful logo stitched on the pocket and then also on the back is just way too loud for my taste. I learned my lesson with them.

                              Now, the Dover Wellesley breech....one of my absolute favorite finds.
                              I just got a pair and tried them on. These are the ones! They fit me like custom. Love the fabric. The rise is perfect and best of all, NO MUFFIN TOP. I’m ordering more.

                              By the way, I am not curvy at all-except from a side view.
                              BLACK LIVES MATTER

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                                Originally posted by Bristol Bay View Post

                                I just got a pair and tried them on. These are the ones! They fit me like custom. Love the fabric. The rise is perfect and best of all, NO MUFFIN TOP. I’m ordering more.

                                By the way, I am not curvy at all-except from a side view.
                                Right?! They’re like magic pants. Flattering on everyone I’ve seen them on. I have them in 5 colors. Thanks Dover, here’s more of my money.

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                                  Originally posted by blondewithchrome View Post

                                  Right?! They’re like magic pants. Flattering on everyone I’ve seen them on. I have them in 5 colors. Thanks Dover, here’s more of my money.
                                  How to they hold up to washing?
                                  BLACK LIVES MATTER

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                                    Originally posted by shmon View Post

                                    ktm_here what european tack stores do you buy from?
                                    https://justriding.com/. shipping is slow but found they have the best prices.

                                    i bought horse pilot breeches from https://www.royalequestrian.co.uk/

                                    Good luck!



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                                      Originally posted by c0608524 View Post
                                      BEST:
                                      -This CHEAP leather halter with pink detailing. So soft, especially at the price ($40 CAD)
                                      Any pictures of the halter? It sounds lovely
                                      Willow- http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...&id=1125720084

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                                        Originally posted by worth_the_wait08 View Post

                                        Any pictures of the halter? It sounds lovely
                                        They don’t seem to make them in pink anymore, but here is a link of the same halter in purple. I know I paid less than this price so they must go on sale every once in a while.

                                        https://www.pleasantridge.ca/index.p...er-purple.html

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                                          I love the Dover Wellesley breeches too, much more then the Pipers! Considering grabbing another pair as they're on sale!
                                          "And my good dreams? They all come with a velvet muzzle and four legs. All my good dreams are about horses."--In Colt Blood

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