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  • Spinoff: so who does sell nice tack?

    After all the posts about brands that vary so much in quality, aren't sized correctly, or aren't the right quality for the price, I want to know something before I go out and buy a new bridle: Who does sell quality tack?

    Warnings and raves?

    Mine:
    Vespucci: Not as nice as the price indicates, huge variations in quality, way oversized.
    Edgewood: Bleeds, doesn't always darken, and whoever is at HQ is crazy.

    Nunn Finer: Very nice quality, IME. Oils nicely, comes soft, sized correctly, with the breast plates running a bit small.

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    I really love my Antares bridles - their leather quality is amazing and the sizing runs pretty true, IME.

    It's hard to go wrong with Hadfields bridlework although it tends to run QUITE small. (I go a full size up when I buy their bridles.)

    I've also posted on here a bunch of times about how much I love my Aramas wide noseband bridle. It's wonderful quality, especially for the price, and is holding up as well as my more expensive tack.

    My others that I really like: Jimmy's, (if you can find one from before they outsourced production elsewhere) Dyon bridles (particularly for the jumpers, as I think they tend to be a bit over the top for the hunter ring,) and the Herve Godignon models are pretty, particularly the Paris model. My Hermes bridle is older but always gets compliments, even though it is quite old school, being simply fancy stitched, not raised nor padded. I don't have any CWD bridlework but have admired it on friends' horses.

    I also have a T de T figure 8 bridle with clinchers that is WAY over the top - but I absolutely love it. You have to ride like a rockstar if you use it, though. It's pretty blingy.

    The only one in my collection that I really *don't* care for is my New Cavalry. The quality is fine but I can't stand the color - it's got a tint of red that I really dislike. And really, for that price you think they would put a buckle guard on the noseband. Grrrr.
    **********
    We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.
    -PaulaEdwina

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    • #3
      I don't own a CWD bridle but one horse I've ridden lately has one and it's gorgeous!

      I've also never had a bad experience with any piece of Edgewood tack I've ever owned, although I'm sympathetic to those who have.

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      • #4
        Love CWD.

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        • #5
          I own and love my Antares, CWD and Hadfields bridles, and also like my Edgewood a lot too. I would recommend any of them, depending on your price range.

          I have a Beval Heritage and considering its price, I don't think it compares in quality to the others I have mentioned.

          Lucassb is the tack expert, I would buy anything she recommends. In fact I bought my Antares sight unseen based on her recommendation and its gorgeous.

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          • #6
            Of the bridles you can find now?

            I'd add Legacy Tack/The Country Saddler. Beautiful old skool new market color made to your specs if you like.

            And Lucassb-- hatin on the New Cavalry? I know that company started getting strange with the manufacturing, but with the leather, too? NC was, after all, the Company That Started It All. Square-raised, raised reins, the first bridle to break the $300 mark and send prices spinning out of control...
            The armchair saddler
            Politically Pro-Cat

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            • #7
              Richvale Saddlery in Ontario.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by mvp View Post
                Of the bridles you can find now?

                I'd add Legacy Tack/The Country Saddler. Beautiful old skool new market color made to your specs if you like.

                And Lucassb-- hatin on the New Cavalry? I know that company started getting strange with the manufacturing, but with the leather, too? NC was, after all, the Company That Started It All. Square-raised, raised reins, the first bridle to break the $300 mark and send prices spinning out of control...
                Lucassb's New Cav is beautiful, I love the slightly reddish tint it has, one of the reasons I bought an Edgewood.

                I was going to suggest The Country Saddler based on all the good comments from people although I have no personal experience with them.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mvp View Post
                  Of the bridles you can find now?

                  I'd add Legacy Tack/The Country Saddler. Beautiful old skool new market color made to your specs if you like.

                  And Lucassb-- hatin on the New Cavalry? I know that company started getting strange with the manufacturing, but with the leather, too? NC was, after all, the Company That Started It All. Square-raised, raised reins, the first bridle to break the $300 mark and send prices spinning out of control...
                  Originally posted by BAC View Post
                  Lucassb's New Cav is beautiful, I love the slightly reddish tint it has, one of the reasons I bought an Edgewood.

                  I was going to suggest The Country Saddler based on all the good comments from people although I have no personal experience with them.
                  Oh you guys are funny. Yes, I hate the NC. The quality is fine - and you would be hard pressed to find more stitches per inch, plus it is a TRUE square raised which is hard to find anymore. The only other one I've seen that is true square raised is my (old) Beval New Canaan, made when that caramel color was an innovation. And no longer available, sadly.

                  I just don't care for any hint of red tack on my black horse. It was fine on my older bay fellow (for whom it was purchased.) Doesn't help that I also don't care for the plain square raised look on the black horse's head; it's just not flattering at all. I only keep it because I'm kind a sucker for a pretty bay horse, and keep thinking I might have another one someday.

                  But what I *really* want is a fancy jumper to put that figure 8 on.

                  I'd agree that Wayne (Country Saddler) does a nice job too.
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                  We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.
                  -PaulaEdwina

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Lucassb View Post
                    plus it is a TRUE square raised which is hard to find anymore. The only other one I've seen that is true square raised is my (old) Beval New Canaan, made when that caramel color was an innovation. And no longer available, sadly.

                    I just don't care for any hint of red tack on my black horse.
                    You know I have been looking for a true square raised for ages, why don't you sell me your New Cav?

                    I do agree about black horses though, that is the only situation when I don't care for reddish leather. Your NC is quite dark though, even with the red tint.

                    There is no point having a figure 8 without a jumper to put it on, I think you should buy a second horse.

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                    • #11
                      countrysaddler.com
                      http://STA551.com
                      845-363-1875

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                      • #12
                        Arc de Triumph
                        friend of bar.ka

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BAC View Post
                          You know I have been looking for a true square raised for ages, why don't you sell me your New Cav?

                          I do agree about black horses though, that is the only situation when I don't care for reddish leather. Your NC is quite dark though, even with the red tint.

                          There is no point having a figure 8 without a jumper to put it on, I think you should buy a second horse.
                          LOL, you can have the NC if you really want it. I have no use for it, really. But it's a horse size, don't you need a cob?

                          I have worked diligently on darkening the NC and I imagine most people would call it mahogany now. But that faint reddish tone drives me crazy.

                          As for the jumper... my goodness, don't encourage me. You are as bad as Mr. Lucassb (who said, "good idea, you should get a jumper, sounds like fun") when I asked him what he thought. I keep trying to remind myself that I barely have time to ride the one I have, never mind two!
                          **********
                          We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.
                          -PaulaEdwina

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Lucassb View Post
                            LOL, you can have the NC if you really want it. I have no use for it, really. But it's a horse size, don't you need a cob?

                            I have worked diligently on darkening the NC and I imagine most people would call it mahogany now. But that faint reddish tone drives me crazy.

                            As for the jumper... my goodness, don't encourage me. You are as bad as Mr. Lucassb (who said, "good idea, you should get a jumper, sounds like fun") when I asked him what he thought. I keep trying to remind myself that I barely have time to ride the one I have, never mind two!
                            Lucassb and BAC-- we should really get a room. But damn! Sell the NC to me... or trade it for my unoiled, shop-worn only but cob (on the small side) original New Canaan. Talk about useless but too pretty to give up. I should start a thread of that theme. The tack addicts would come out....

                            Otherwise, I have only seen Country Saddler stuff brand new. I think the leather would make it oil up and last beautifully for a very long time.
                            The armchair saddler
                            Politically Pro-Cat

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mvp View Post
                              Lucassb and BAC-- we should really get a room. But damn! Sell the NC to me... or trade it for my unoiled, shop-worn only but cob (on the small side) original New Canaan. Talk about useless but too pretty to give up. I should start a thread of that theme. The tack addicts would come out....

                              Otherwise, I have only seen Country Saddler stuff brand new. I think the leather would make it oil up and last beautifully for a very long time.
                              <LAUGHING>

                              We did have a tackaholics anonymous thread for quite a while, IIRC...although I seem to remember a fair amount of enabling taking place after page one or so.

                              The original Beval New Canaan's were stunning. I wish they hadn't disco'd them. The caramel leather turned into a really awesome mahogany with one oiling and had that perfect balance of soft-but-not-mushy hand to it. They are still my all time favorite reins and I've been known to swap them onto other bridles for special occasions, something I would *never* do otherwise.
                              **********
                              We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.
                              -PaulaEdwina

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Lucassb View Post
                                <LAUGHING>

                                We did have a tackaholics anonymous thread for quite a while, IIRC...although I seem to remember a fair amount of enabling taking place after page one or so.

                                The original Beval New Canaan's were stunning. I wish they hadn't disco'd them. The caramel leather turned into a really awesome mahogany with one oiling and had that perfect balance of soft-but-not-mushy hand to it. They are still my all time favorite reins and I've been known to swap them onto other bridles for special occasions, something I would *never* do otherwise.
                                Beval's said that they couldn't get a consistent supply of the New Canaan leather. If you think back, you'll remember some being yellowish-- which required courage and old skool oiling knowledge on the buyers part while Edgewood's version of New Market produced at the same time was more orange and set the standard. At other times, the New Canaan leather was yellow-not-enough-cream-in-your-coffee color. I think the stitching could also range from beige to yellow. Apparently people freaked out.

                                I wish I had a horse-length set of reins in New Canaan to go with mine. I did settle for a more orange but New Market pair of Beval reins. When I get the pin-head horse, I'm hoping these can be made to match.

                                I think the tackoholic thread should have pics.
                                The armchair saddler
                                Politically Pro-Cat

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                                • #17
                                  Well I think I will be moving off the pony soon and moving on to a full size horse, who will need a horse size bridle. And all of mine are cob size except the Beval Heritage, which is definitely not my favorite, or the Hadfields, which does of course run small, even though its horse size. I want to be prepared.

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                                  • #18
                                    I've had the most consistent luck with:

                                    CWD-my favorite for bridles. Amazing! Except that my CWD show bridle is SO amazing that it's like a wedding dress, not many occasions are special enough to use it!

                                    Antares (though I'm not as crazy about their bridles for a hunter)
                                    Arc De Triomphe
                                    Nunn Finer-consistently nice, but not crazy about the styling (great schooling tack)
                                    And...Smartpak-I've gotten a couple of their lower end bridles & other tack for breaking/schooling and they are NICE, nice, nice for the money. I'd not hesitate to use them at a show if the weather was too wet for my higher end bridles to be out and about The bridles seem to be wearing great so far.

                                    The ones I don't like so much:
                                    Beval hasn't struck me as super consistent, though admittedly most of the Beval stuff I have I've gotten off ebay, so maybe I've gotten rejects. B/c for sure I've seen some fabulous beval bridles, it just doesn't seem to be in the cards for me to own one.
                                    Dover brands--solid, well priced tack, but not fabulous. Sometimes doesn't wear well, even their pricy stuff.
                                    Crosby--inconsistent quality.
                                    Edgewood--only if I get it for a steal on ebay.

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                                    • #19
                                      Hates: Ariat. Too many problems, no consistent vendor policy on returns for defects (even when you have an OK from ariat directly!) and stuff that is made in China.

                                      Love: My crosby bridle (I must have been lucky on that one!), CWD anything, La Mundial tall boots, Treadstep Half Chaps.
                                      "Look, I'm trying not to test the durability of the arena with my face!" (Because only GM can do that.)

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                                      • #20
                                        I think Hadfield's makes hands down the best quality bridle out there. I know the sizing runs small, but I got my horse size on sale and it fits my regular to large sized horse OK.

                                        http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._6540514_n.jpg

                                        I wish the browband were longer for sure, and I think the crownpiece could be longer but not necessarily the cheekpieces. I'm on the second or third hole for the noseband and about halfway up for the throatlatch. Little snug but looks fine unless you are scrutinizing it like a tack ho looking at her own horse. (myself being the example) It has held up so well, still looks like it just came out of the box, except for the reins which superstar there somehow tore in half, so the repair is visible.
                                        -Grace

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