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Best Bridle for a Big Head Under $100? (how about a Harmohn Kraft?)

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  • Best Bridle for a Big Head Under $100? (how about a Harmohn Kraft?)

    Any recommendations?

    I don't need anything fancy, or anything with a flash. Just something that will fit a draft-cross head that will hold up for at least a few years and doesn't look hideous.


    I found a new, oversized Harmohn Kraft Regal bridle on ebay for $60. Is this a good deal? I hear nothing but good things about this company.

    Thanks and sorry for being so pesky
    Last edited by wcporter; Apr. 7, 2013, 12:38 AM.
    Barn rat for life
  • Original Poster

    no one?
    Barn rat for life


    • #3
      I believe the Plymouth line by Smartpak comes in oversize, and the leather is quite nice for the price, around $70 IIRC. I like mine a lot, although have not used yet so can't speak to durability. But the leather is nicer than many $$$ bridles I've come across, I think.


      • #4
        I had very good luck with Bobby's for my tank of WB's head. Used it as a schooling bridle, but it oiled nicely enough I wasn't embarrassed to show him in it, either. Farm House carries Bobby's and can probably give you a guestimate of whether or not it will fit your big guy.

        ETA--I also used that bridle on a draft cross who measured at 18h (she was a beast of a horse), and while yes I was approaching the last four holes or so, it still fit her in across the browband and such, and she looked fine.


        • #5
          Is World Equestrian Brands still having their sale on Vespucci?

          Hmmm. Doesn't look like it. Bummer. But they do have a lot of oversize bridles for just over $100:



          • Original Poster

            I found this bridle that I like: http://www.victorycanter.com/Kincade...ed-Bridle.html

            How is Kincade? good quality?
            Barn rat for life


            • #7
              Definitely the Smartpak Plymouth.


              • #8
                Kincade is very stiff in my experience. Not the kind of leather that is pleasant to work with. I have heard good things about Plymouth, and I have had good experiences with Henri de Rivel; nice stuff for the price. Ovation bridles are also pretty nice, as are SmartPak Harwich bridles if you can stretch the budget by about $50 more. Also, look for nice used bridles at tack swaps, on ebay, etc. You may well find some nice bridles in nice condition under your budget.


                • Original Poster

                  Thanks! I didnt even consider looking at used. And definitely not opposed.
                  Barn rat for life


                  • #10
                    I bought the full size SmartPak Plymouth Elite Dressage bridle for my big headed TB. The leather is nice, and for the most part, it fits him well. (I had to get an oversized brow band from justbridles.com)



                    • #11
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                      • #12
                        I have a HK bridle and the leather is really good quality. If you check out the horse size Regal that is also for sale on eBay, you can see how nice that OS bridle will look once it is oiled and broken in. HK bridles are sold in my local tack stores, so I have looked at many of them up close. I ended up buying a used Aramas by HK event bridle and matching new reins to it from the tack store. It is classy.
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                        • Original Poster

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                          • #14
                            Its funny, an HK was the first thing that came to mind when I saw your thread title. I picked up one on ebay (not sure about the model - it had a flash attachment I cut off) but it is super soft and amazing quality. Got it for $70 and it rivals my $400 ADT bridle in suppleness.

                            ETA: The HK bride I got was used, but barely.


                            • #15
                              Check these out:


                              I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne


                              • Original Poster

                                Thanks, that was all the confirmation I needed! I snapped that HK Regal right up
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                                • #17
                                  I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne


                                  • Original Poster

                                    Dang - beautiful bridle, but definitely not an "oversized."

                                    More like a horse size. I even pulled out my tape measure to make sure I wasnt crazy! Going back tomorrow...back to square one
                                    Barn rat for life


                                    • #19
                                      Another vote for Smartpak bridles. I have a 17H warmblood with a big head. He wears an over size halter, my full size bridle (different brand) was too small for him so I ordered the over size Harwich bridle. It was too big! I sent it back for a full. It is a really nice bridle and obviously very generous in sizing!