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So Which Is A Better Buy ??

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  • So Which Is A Better Buy ??

    So I am going shopping at Dover Saddlery and do not know which one to buy:
    Do you guys have a preference :
    CW Raised , Tad Coffin , Vespucci , or the Hunter Derby Bridle.
    Please give me your thoughts going over the weekend.!!

    "YOU create your own stage. The audience is waiting."

  • #2
    I would not buy another vespucci. We've had two, one broke and the other is just over a year old and looks like it is on it's last leg.

    I know you didn't list Edgewood, but in the Vespucci price range I really think Edgewood are the best value.


    • Original Poster

      Ok you are the second person that told me that .
      Thanks for the warning !!!!
      "YOU create your own stage. The audience is waiting."


      • Original Poster

        I really , really, like the Edgewood but I really perfer a Wider Noseband. IF I can find that in the Edgewood .
        Then YES I am all over that one.
        "YOU create your own stage. The audience is waiting."


        • #5
          Originally posted by Equinoxfox View Post
          I really , really, like the Edgewood but I really perfer a Wider Noseband. IF I can find that in the Edgewood .
          Then YES I am all over that one.
          They make one with a 1" noseband. I've only ever seen them at full retail price though.


          • Original Poster

            Yeah I just found that out from a friend. She said I can get the Edgewood with a 1" nose band. and with reins . I can expect to spend about $ 500.
            Do you agree with that ?
            "YOU create your own stage. The audience is waiting."


            • #7
              Well, depending on what you want the bridle for.

              If its a show bridle, brand new/ flawless set from smartpak would be $290 to 300 for the headstall and $180 for the reins. so yes, you're looking at roughly $500.

              However, after I posted that I went back on ebay because I remember that Edgewood has an outlet on there. I was able to find a headstall.


              Its full size, and plain raised but, only $175. There's not any matching reins up right now, but they run from $110 to 140 usually. The thing is though, from the outlet they usually have a few marks on them hence why they're discounted. I'd bet that they would oil right out and be unnoticeable. Food for thought.


              • #8
                No reins, but found this online:
                Life is hard. Buy a freaking helmet.
                Originally posted by meupatdoes
                Whatever, go gallop.


                • Original Poster

                  I like those . BUT ,,, I want to get a Wide Noseband. and those Raised Flat ones.
                  I have found a " Jimmy's 21st century" but it is $ 900
                  YES, this is going to be a Show Bridle. and I need it to last him a very , very long time.
                  There is just something about t the Wide, Padded ones that really draw me to them.
                  "YOU create your own stage. The audience is waiting."


                  • Original Poster

                    Hey Callmegold.
                    I like that one . AND it is 1" wide.
                    cool I am going to look into that . awesome thanks !!!
                    "YOU create your own stage. The audience is waiting."


                    • #11
                      The Tad Coffin is on closeout for $199 FYI. I have this bridle and it is pretty, but seems as if it was designed more as a show bridle then for everyday abuse.


                      • #12
                        I got an Aramas with a wide noseband, and I LOVE it. (My trainer even got one, and she hasn't bought a bridle for herself in years!) They're going out of business, so they're on sale!!!


                        • #13
                          Where did you find the Aramas at closeout prices?


                          • #14
                            I have the hunter derby and it looks just like a Jimmy's bridle. In fact I held it up to my Jimmy's bridle and thought that it was a match. The hunter derby is a Very classy bridle and so far it's holding up well.


                            • #15
                              Vespucci's are not worth the money.


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Show_hunters View Post
                                I have the hunter derby and it looks just like a Jimmy's bridle. In fact I held it up to my Jimmy's bridle and thought that it was a match. The hunter derby is a Very classy bridle and so far it's holding up well.
                                Not to hijak the thread, but do you by chance have a picture of the stitching on this bridle? Dover just has a picture of the bridle from the side, and I am curious what the stitching looks like!


                                • #17
                                  Sure no problem. I'll take a photo of it next time I go out to barn.


                                  • #18
                                    I LOVE my Edgewood!! It was a little pricey but it is soo beautiful. I have the fancy stitch padded one, so its relatively wide you may want to look into one of those. I got mine about 10 years ago so I'm not sure if they still make that one but I would imagine they would.


                                    • #19
                                      I just purchased some bridle parts from www.justbridles.com (which I learned about from this forum) and they have some great prices on bridles (including Edgewood). And if you want something not listed, email and they can find it for you (which they did for me).

                                      I've been a huge Edgewood fan for years, as well as the older Jimmy's bridles, so I always vote for those!
                                      R.I.P. Ollie (2007-2010) You were small in stature but huge in spirit. You will never be forgotten.

                                      Godspeed, Benjamin (1998-2014). A life well-lived. A horse well-loved.


                                      • Original Poster

                                        Right now I am going to one of the shows to a tack shop to look at the Jimmy's 21st there. and a Edgewood.
                                        Because my horse has a slightly plain head. I want to get a Fancy stitched and I really like those wider nosebands and raised.
                                        Now I have realized also i need to increase what i want to spend in order to get the quality and type I want. OH well. it is a investment. Right .????
                                        "YOU create your own stage. The audience is waiting."