• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Ovation bridles?

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Ovation bridles?

    Does anyone know how decenet the Ovation bridles are? I am looking at the wide noseband ovation bridle. Im assuming with the price, they are not anywhere near the quality of an edgewood or hadfields, but if it was kept just as a show bridle, would it hold up? I would only be doing about 20 shows/year.

    Ive been looking forever for a "dark brown" bridle, with no red - and from the pictures the ovation looks to fit the bill. I have a beval newport that I love the colour of, but its just too big for my horse

    Also, how do they fit? The edgewood I have is just a little big on my horse (full size), as is the beval. I have an older hadfields that fits great, (full size) but is not suitable for showring anymore.

    OR....does anyone know where I could find a cob sized wide noseband for an edgewood bridle???

  • #2
    Love them...

    I have an Ovation bridle that is raised and padded with fancy stitching. I love it. It is about a year old and is used as a schooling bridle but it looks just like an Edgewood for less than half the price. It broke in easily and oiled well. I have no complaints and I would have no problem showing in it.

    The color does have some red in it, it oiled up exactly like an Edgewood. So it is a reddish brown, not a flat brown.

    Comment


    • #3
      I have an ovation as a schooling bridle and an edgewood for showing. I really like the Ovation.. it's well made, good quality, and looks very similar to the Edgewood. Side by side you can tell the difference but it's certainly not a huge one. The color does oil up to be almost identical. For the money I have yet to find anything as nice as the Ovation, it's certainly passable as show quality.

      Oh, and the sizing of my two are almost identical... both a bit large.
      http://the900facebookpony.com/

      Comment


      • #4
        I just got one and haven't oiled it yet. It's very pretty and I think once it's oiled and broken in, it'll look lovely.

        Here's a pic of the wide noseband. I was a little shocked at how wide and raised it was, but I think once it's oiled it'll lay a little better. http://s873.photobucket.com/albums/a...t=IMG_0079.jpg

        PS. I ordered mine through JustBridles.com. They have brilliant customer service. I highly recommend trying them.

        Comment


        • #5
          I just got their flat hunt bridle and it's really good quality for the price. It's reinforced where the throatlatch splits off, which I thought was a nice touch.

          However... watch out on their laced reins! The lacing on mine starts a full 18" from the buckle, which means that even up in two point with short reins, I'm still on the flat leather part.

          I'll second the JustBridles.com recommendation.
          --
          Wendy
          ... and Patrick

          Comment


          • #6
            My friend has one and it is quite nice. When it came it was a hidious orange, but has darkened nicely with LOTS of oiling.

            Comment


            • #7
              there is a website that sells bridle parts from all different companies, including edgewood. someone can chime in with the link! i think its just bridles.. but maybe i am wrong

              anywho, there is a girl who has an ovation bridle at my barn and i don't like it. granted, i am not sure how old it is or if its had the best of care (it came with the pony she just bought basically) but the leather is kinda.. bleh. i mean, it's not bad, and from far away you probably couldn't tell, but it's in rough condition. it is also a bit orangey.

              that's my only experience with one. it is probably more likely that it was not treated well in the past, or it's super old, because i usually hear very good reviews on them.

              that being said, I have a beval newport and a smartpak harwich. the harwich was only 100$ and i think i like it a lot more than my newport! (which was what, 400?)
              Last edited by superpony123; Jan. 3, 2010, 07:45 PM.
              (|--Sarah--|)

              Blitz <3 & Leap of Faith <3

              Comment


              • #8
                I don't care for the Ovation strap goods, myself. Especially for a show bridle...

                I have posted a bunch of times about how much I really like my Aramas wide noseband bridle, and if you want one with ZERO red in the leather - I'd recommend it without hesitation. My horse is black so I am very particular about that issue myself, and the Aramas looks terrific on him.

                I bought it on a whim, really, because I was intrigued by the wider noseband and wanted to see how he looked in it without spending a fortune. Once I'd oiled it up and used it a few times - I left the rest of my more expensive bridles at home and just showed in this one. I prefer it, even to my Jimmy's, Hadfields, Edgewoods etc.

                Here is a close up for you - I know the sun makes it look a tiny bit red, but I promise you, it is absolutely dark brown. This was just the only pic I had where you can really see the wide noseband detail.
                Attached Files
                **********
                We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.
                -PaulaEdwina

                Comment


                • #9
                  I was told by a reputable tack store they are the same

                  That is ovation and Aramas -- I know no one wants to hear it , but they the sales guy told them --- so go figure-- My OP is try to buy already cold brown for no red in the leather.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Too bad I have absolutely no need for another bridle or I would pick one up. Those look nice. I am often surprised by Ovation's product quality in relation to the price point.

                    Ovation bridles are made of Wickett and Craig leather, which is the same company that Edgewood bridles are made from.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      well i was told by my tack store guy that edgewood and aramas are made by the same people/company.

                      with that being said i have an edgewood bridle that i love, my only complaint is that sometimes the keepers can be annoying but otherwise the leather is really really nice and then actually yesterday i bought a rodrigo pessoa bridle and ovation reins and an ovation breastplate so i will see how all of it oils up but i am thinking it will all match.. hopefully haha.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        I contacted JustBridles b/c I needed crown, cheeks and and figure-8 for schooling. Hasn't arrived yet (only ordered two days ago) but the woman who emailed me back said that the Ovation was excellent quality for the price.
                        The Evil Chem Prof

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          The Ovation's come in two colors.
                          The lighter chestnut color does oil up a bit red like an Aramas Americana , the brown oils up deep brown. Just a matter of taste I guess, The great thing is that they are a welcome value...

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Two years ago I purchased the Ovation with padding and fancy stitching to use on a horse I was temporarily riding. It is a close replica of the Edgewood in styling and color, which means even after extensive oiling it still had a lot of red. The cob size did not fit the horse, but it was same problem I had with my old mare (both were Paints) in that they essentially needed horse-sized nosebands and throatlatches but cob everything else. It's a good thing justbridles.com is now around for folks with similar issues.

                            I have SmartPak's Harwich in the fancy stitched version, and IMO it is a better value and a nicer bridle than the Ovation. It still has a decent amount of red after oiling, and I bought it to use on a lease horse before I found my new horse, who is black. I may have to check out the Aramas referenced by Lucassb, as reddish tack defintely does not flatter my guy.
                            Last edited by Pinque2; Jan. 3, 2010, 11:54 PM. Reason: Spelling

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Initially, Ovation seems to have not had its sh!t together and produced some well-made bridles from the wrong leather. This stuff looks quite orange and has really red finish on the edges. The red will stay that way.

                              The better ones have slightly darker but still reddish leather (unoiled) but black edging. The look like Aramas bridles... which look somewhat like Pessoa strap goods.... which look like old Dover Circuit bridles. Not sure where Smartpak's line fits into all this, but I think their leather is a bit thicker and more coarsely-grained.

                              PROTACKGUY can probably straighten all this out for you, but a company named Harmon Kraft made lots of these. There is an HK incorporated into the edging design by the throat latch on the near side, I believe.

                              Sedgewick's leather is not all the same, though the company does an excellent job with tanning. Yes, they supply Aramas, Ovation and perhaps Edgewood with their stock, though I'm sure the stuff chosen for each varies slightly.

                              IMO, you must see any bridle in the flesh to make a decision about the quality of it's leather for the price and to be able to predict how it will look oiled. I think most bridles can be made as dark and anti-red as you'd like. The exception is the leather work with an opaque finish.

                              If you want to put some money into researching the right bridle, you might get someone like Just Bridles to ship parts from several different makers together in one package.
                              The armchair saddler
                              Politically Pro-Cat

                              Comment


                              • #16
                                For comparison's sake, I took a couple bridles down and photographed them together so you could see the relative difference. They are ALL darker than they appear in the photo - maybe it's my cheap camera, lol - but you can see which ones are truly dark/brown and which are lighter/redder. (The only one that is truly light is the Hermes, as I've never had the will to really oil it up. I only included it because I think the stitching pattern is kind of cool )

                                They are labeled in the photo but I know it's a little hard to make out. From top to bottom they are:
                                Hermes
                                New Cavalry
                                Jimmy's
                                Antares
                                Aramas
                                Edgewood

                                Hope it helps.
                                Attached Files
                                **********
                                We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.
                                -PaulaEdwina

                                Comment

                                • Original Poster

                                  #17
                                  Thanks guys! The Aramas is quite similar to the edgewood - can you order JUST the wide noseband from aramas? I have too many bridles to really justify buying another, but would love to try a wide nose band!

                                  Comment

                                  Working...
                                  X