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  • Leather Quality on Inexpensive Bridles

    A thread a few days ago regarding bridles of $120 or less (or in that neighborhood) got me thinking. What do you think of the quality of leather in some of the below listed bridles:

    Circuit Bridles
    Bobby's Bridles (lower end price)

    Any thoughts / experiences with these or other inexpensive bridles are appreciated!!! I'm on a search for a show bridle for my TB but my budget is low plus I need to find a matching standing martingale!!!

  • #2
    Buy used.


    • #3
      I love the Crosby bridle.


      • #4
        Definitely spend some time on ebay or consignment stores for a bridle. It's better to buy a better quality bridle, used, than a cheaper one new (plus you don't have to break it in!).

        We got a Bobby's at a local consignment store and it was quite nice. I am a fan.
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        • Original Poster

          Originally posted by Pirateer View Post
          Buy used.
          I am looking at Ebay for used...but the problem is finding used matching bridle and martingale.

          There is a quality consignement store about an hour away from me that I can look at when I get other there. I hope to have a larger credit there when a few more things sell.


          • #6
            The Collegiate's the only one I've seen in person, and I wasn't terribly impressed with it. I won't touch any more Toulouse products after my craptastic stirrup leathers, so I couldn't say how that one would go.

            I haven't heard any complaints about Bobby's bridles yet.

            But if you are looking for a show bridle, I would see if you can find something nice that's gently used. Ebay is a good place to look, as is premiertackoutlet.com (though even their used stuff is usually more spendy than the bridles you have listed here).

            So far I'm a fan of HDR bridles. I have two, both bought new, and they seem to be pretty decent for the money. I wouldn't do an A show in them, but they're quite nice for schooling and clinics, IMO.
            Full-time bargain hunter.


            • #7
              Originally posted by Green Acres View Post
              I am looking at Ebay for used...but the problem is finding used matching bridle and martingale.
              I see people selling matching sets all the time actually. I believe there is a horse sized Dover Circuit w/ mgale on there right now.


              • #8
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                • #9
                  I have one of the newer Crosbys, bought on sale for under $100. I think the quality is great for the price. Maybe not quite as nice as the old Crosby stuff was, but it's softened up nicely and looks lovely.
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                  • #10
                    Collegiate - Yuck, cheapie
                    Circuit Bridles - Double Yuck, like plastic
                    Toulouse - Never tried
                    Bobby's Bridles (lower end price) - Yuck, you need to stick with upper end for these.
                    Crosby - You can find these for under 120?? LOL

                    I like my HDR PRO (not Advantage) for schooling.
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                    • #11
                      You can oil the bridle and martingale to match if they're close enough


                      • Original Poster

                        Originally posted by Lori View Post
                        Collegiate - Yuck, cheapie
                        Circuit Bridles - Double Yuck, like plastic
                        Toulouse - Never tried
                        Bobby's Bridles (lower end price) - Yuck, you need to stick with upper end for these.
                        Crosby - You can find these for under 120?? LOL

                        I like my HDR PRO (not Advantage) for schooling.
                        I was afraid of this kind of response!!! I am looking at some more expensive bridles to get away from 'yuck' and 'doube yuck'.

                        What is the quality of the less expensive Bevals? For instance the Beval Stamford? Here is a link to one:


                        Or here is a Crosby near $200 - anyone have one of these:

                        Last edited by Green Acres; Jun. 25, 2009, 06:33 AM. Reason: To add more info in....


                        • #13
                          Although I agree that it's better to try to find a quality, used bridle rather than a cheapie new one, I did get one of the lower priced (though I think it was a little more than $120) Bobby's bridles for my son's pony and we have been very happy with the quality of the leather.


                          • #14
                            Collegiate. Quality seems to vary depending upon who Weatherbetta has make the bridles.

                            HDR.. plastic qualty

                            TOULOUSE: I would pass on those as well.

                            CROSBY. FYI, they are no longer made by Crosby in England but by Weatherbeeta. Same factories that make Collegiate.


                            • #15
                              Try to find English made leather, with the manufacture of the bridle done in India. These are usually 135.00-200.00, look great and wear and last well. Most of the companies have a line like this. Bobby's does, and find a Smith Worthington dealer and ask for the McBride line.


                              • #16
                                Bobby's bridles are great, but I have to qualify that by saying I've only owned their premier bridles. And in my opinion they could charge more for them - they are gorgeous, very soft leather, etc. They can run on the slightly large side, if you decide to order one.
                                "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." - Mark Twain


                                • #17
                                  I have a Circuit Grand Prix that is really pretty once it was oiled, I would recommend them over the others you have mentioned, although from other comments I've heard on this BB some people don't like them at all. I also have Hadfields, Antares, Edgewood and Beval Heritage bridles, all much nicer leather but the Circuit frequently gets mistaken for one of the more expensive ones. And with use and conditioning it has softened nicely, I really like it a lot, although I notice it has gone up in price quite a bit since I bought mine for $129.

                                  Crosby used to be very nice, I have one that is 20 years old and still going strong, haven't seen the newer ones though.

                                  Our local tack shop has the Collegiate bridles, they feel like cardboard.


                                  • #18
                                    Big Fan of Bobby's

                                    I have found that the quality is quite nice on the $100.00 - $150.00 range bridles


                                    • #19
                                      I had a Circuit (purchased in 2004) that was FREQUENTLY mistaken for a high end Beval. I oiled the snot out of it. I have heard that the newer ones aren't as nice, but the old ones were pretty decent.


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Pirateer View Post
                                        I had a Circuit (purchased in 2004) that was FREQUENTLY mistaken for a high end Beval. I oiled the snot out of it. I have heard that the newer ones aren't as nice, but the old ones were pretty decent.
                                        Mine was purchased in 2005, I guess they were still nice then. Because I have several high end bridles people always assume the Circuit is one of them, they are always so surprised to find out it is an inexpensive Dover bridle.