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  • padded bridle for a small pony?

    I've got a kid showing a small welsh this year. I know everyone's into the padded bridles right now... He's pretty typey with a smaller cute pony features. Should I go with a padded bridle or do you think non-padded would be ok? Beval has their LTD2 bridle's on sale!

  • #2
    Well, I do LOVE that bridle. I got it for my jumper in the padded version for a mere $150 last year. It does darken nicely with oil, the padding remains a little lighter than the rest of the bridle (which I think looks nice). The color goes very nicely with my Beval Gladstone saddle and matches my Dover girth very well http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.asp?pn=X1-021235 (oakbark).


    • #3
      I would be careful about buying the LTD bridle. Last year several people complained about the 5/8" cheek pieces (instead of 1/2"). Hopefully they wouldn't use such wide pieces on a pony bridle, but be sure to check before buying.

      Did you check JustForPonies.com?


      • #4
        Originally posted by BAC View Post
        I would be careful about buying the LTD bridle. Last year several people complained about the 5/8" cheek pieces (instead of 1/2"). Hopefully they wouldn't use such wide pieces on a pony bridle, but be sure to check before buying.

        Did you check JustForPonies.com?
        I got the LTD last year at the Beval sale and the wider cheek pieces don't bother me. I *do* think that they wouldn't use those on a pony bridle.


        • Original Poster

          Did look at justforponies but Beval has the LTD2 on sale for $170! Hard to beat that!

          Good to know about the cheek pieces. I'll look into that. My main concern is the padding will overwhelm his little head! Any more opinions?


          • #6
            I do welshies too.. if it were me and it had the really fancy dished head w/ the tiny muzzle and ears, i would be affraid the padding would take away from how cute his head is w/ all that extra leather.. edgewood has a really nice narrow bridle that they make in the shetland / small pony head.. bobbys also makes one. i have a bobbys for my half welsh thats fancy st. and padded.. hes got a very typey head.. and I wish i'd gotten the narrow ( hes a dark bayw/ some chrome on his head ) i think it would distract from his head less. .

            just my oppinon.. i also think the quality of the the beval leather has gone down while the cost has not.. i know the princeton bridelwork used to be decent and now its like junk. IMO.


            • #7
              I have always used the Gladstone on my ponies - I like the way it looks on ponies of all sizes...


              • Original Poster

                Yep, he has a pretty refined welsh head. Typical Sleight of Hand dapple grey with little ears and tiny nose. I don't want a bridle that will be too much for that.

                i heard the same about the quality level of bevals going down a bit. They're so pretty though! unfortunately the gladstone is a bit out of their price range. They're thinking under $200.

                Is Aramas a better bridle then the LTD2? Found some on sale under $200.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by upnover192 View Post
                  Is Aramas a better bridle then the LTD2? Found some on sale under $200.
                  Aramas makes a very nice bridle, I think it is excellent value for the money and would definitely recommend it over the LTD2.


                  • #10
                    Aramas is nicer than the LTD2, pick one up if you have the chance.