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    Unfortunatly my show bridle isn't going to match my new saddle so I will eventually need to purchase a new one for next year.

    The Vespucci 'brown' color matches perfect but I already have a Vespucci schooling bridle that I am not impressed with so I won't buy another one.

    I want a single crown bridle, in brown, with a matching standing martingale for up to $800 in total.

    What are some good options?

    The saddle is a Spooner by Antares. As far as I have found so far Antares doesn't make a single crown bridle.

  • #2
    What is wrong with the color? If your current bridle is just too light, it's pretty easy to darken it. Just FYI
    Katie

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    • #3
      I love my Hadfields! Shop around and you can probably find what you are looking for near that price. I believe they also do custom bridles so Im sure they could make a single crown for you. I also have an Edgewood, however, even though the leather is beautiful, it is just not as nice as my Hadfields.
      "To do something that you feel in your heart that's great, you need to make a lot of mistakes. Anything that is successful is a series of mistakes." -B.J. Armstrong

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      • #4
        I love my Edgewood, but it is reddish brown, and it will never be a rich dark brown as far as I can tell. I've tried. So you may want to avoid Edgewood if you don't want reddish brown.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Right on Target View Post
          I love my Edgewood, but it is reddish brown, and it will never be a rich dark brown as far as I can tell. I've tried. So you may want to avoid Edgewood if you don't want reddish brown.
          My relatively new Edgewood (bought this winter) is already dark brown. Since all my other bridles are already dark brown I was trying to maintain the reddish shade on my Edgewood but it didn't work. I oiled it with Blue Ribbon and clean it with Effax Leder Combi, maybe you should try that if you want it to be dark brown.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by kitsunegari View Post
            The saddle is a Spooner by Antares. As far as I have found so far Antares doesn't make a single crown bridle.
            Antares now makes their figure 8 bridle with a single crown, and they have made other changes to their line so you might want to check to see what their hunter bridle looks like now. I know they took off the little silver disc on the browband and offer an unpadded crown too.

            You won't find a Hadfields bridle, reins and martingale in your price range although you might try Rebecca at premiertackoutlet.com, she discounts high end bridles, including Hadfields.

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            • #7
              I've had luck getting Edgewood to assume the nice havana brown color rather than the reddish colors...

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

              Just takes a few coats of Hydrophane darkening oil and good use/cleaning/conditioning over time.

              In terms of "brown, no red-tone" bridles-- you might also check out the Herve Godignon. I have one and I think it's extra special and really gorgeous, and while it starts out lighter than it ends up-- there's not a HINT of red in the color before or after. It's a straight medium brown that turns to straight havana, no red at all.
              ~Veronica
              "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"
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                #8
                Originally posted by Brown Horse View Post
                What is wrong with the color? If your current bridle is just too light, it's pretty easy to darken it. Just FYI
                It's an Exselle with a smokey gold tint to it (if that even makes any sense). Even with lots of oil it won't turn the color that I would like.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by BAC View Post
                  Antares now makes their figure 8 bridle with a single crown, and they have made other changes to their line so you might want to check to see what their hunter bridle looks like now. I know they took off the little silver disc on the browband and offer an unpadded crown too.

                  You won't find a Hadfields bridle, reins and martingale in your price range although you might try Rebecca at premiertackoutlet.com, she discounts high end bridles, including Hadfields.
                  Does Hadfields make a single crown hunter bridle? I suppose I could pay up to $1500 for a bridle & standing martingale... but I'd never tell my boyfriend.

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                  • #10
                    New Antares Hunter Bridle!

                    Originally posted by kitsunegari View Post

                    The saddle is a Spooner by Antares. As far as I have found so far Antares doesn't make a single crown bridle.
                    http://www.smartpakequine.com/Produc...ctclassid=4725

                    I want one immediately!
                    Aunt Esther for President 2012

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                    • #11
                      Smartpak has their new bridle lines and they have a single crown (the Nantucket), I'm not sure what color it would oil to, but it would be worth calling and asking. Another option is the Childeric bridles, but their crownpiece is CRAZY wide, so they look sort of weird.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by kitsunegari View Post
                        Does Hadfields make a single crown hunter bridle? I suppose I could pay up to $1500 for a bridle & standing martingale... but I'd never tell my boyfriend.
                        Their ads say they will do custom work, so I imagine they would make one up for you if they don't have one in their line. Don't forget they sell their bridles without reins though, so any quote you get you must add the cost of reins too (close to $300 for reins now ). Call or email them.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by kitsunegari View Post
                          but I'd never tell my boyfriend.
                          That goes without saying

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by BAC View Post
                            Their ads say they will do custom work, so I imagine they would make one up for you if they don't have one in their line. Don't forget they sell their bridles without reins though, so any quote you get you must add the cost of reins too (close to $300 for reins now ). Call or email them.
                            Completely worth it though! IMO at least.
                            "To do something that you feel in your heart that's great, you need to make a lot of mistakes. Anything that is successful is a series of mistakes." -B.J. Armstrong

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Bolero View Post
                              I love this bridle but it doesn't make sense to have the crown padded and still have the strap from the noseband running over the poll IMO.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by kitsunegari View Post
                                I love this bridle but it doesn't make sense to have the crown padded and still have the strap from the noseband running over the poll IMO.
                                Which is the only thing, the one single thing I don't like about my Red Barn bridle.
                                "IT'S NOT THE MOUNTAIN WE CONQUER, BUT OURSELVES." SIR EDMUND HILLARYMember of the "Someone Special To Me Serves In The Military" Clique

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                                • #17
                                  I actually like this one - http://www.dyon.be/produits_details_...&Id_sss_cat=26

                                  Generally I prefer the more traditional styles, but I've always liked the Dyon products and this one accomplishes a lot without sacrificing the traditional look. The leather is gorgeous, definitely as nice as my Jimmy's or Hadfields bridles.
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                                  We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.
                                  -PaulaEdwina

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by kitsunegari View Post
                                    I love this bridle but it doesn't make sense to have the crown padded and still have the strap from the noseband running over the poll IMO.
                                    It doesn't, I guess that is part of the new upgrade! It is a regular monocrown.
                                    Aunt Esther for President 2012

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                                      #19
                                      I am in LOVE with this one..

                                      http://www.dyon.be/produits_details_...&Id_sss_cat=26

                                      Too bad it isn't huntery.

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