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Dover's Suffolk Bridles???

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  • Dover's Suffolk Bridles???

    Has anyone owned one of these? Are they okay for schooling bridles? I need an inexpensive schooling bridle, but I want something that is sturdy enough for young TBs. The last schooling bridle I bought lasted about a day.


  • #2
    Get an HDR Pro (NOT Advantage line) for schooling. I use them and love them! You may be able to find a deal on Ebay.
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    • #3
      I had one and it was great I wasn't expecting much at that price, and bought it solely as a schooling bridle. The leather was much better than I anticipated, and it was much nicer looking than I anticipated too.

      I was pretty surprised, given that it was about $40.
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      • #4
        I love them! I've had mine for over 7 years, and never had any problems. All my horses have one, for schooling and the fancy stitched one for showing
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        • #5
          I have one also. Bought it for schooling and it's held up well. Leather tends to be a bit dry and stiff, but better than I thought it would be for the price. Attractive enough bridle to leave on for the little shows or riding in nasty weather. Has held up well with minimal care.
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          • #6
            Is the suffolk line higher or lower than the crown line? Because there is a crown bridle on clearance at Millers (Dover's outlet store) for super cheap.

            Personally, I love Heritage stuff. I order it from either styalways or saddlery4u2 on e-bay. Very inexpensive and very nice!


            • #7
              Got one for a schooling bridle. Wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. A couple of coats of oil softened the leather nicely, it's reasonably well constructed and I don't at all have the feeling that it will disintegrate the first time it gets any pressure at all. Perfectly adequate for a daily schooling bridle.

              I did replace the browband; my horse needed a slightly larger one. Got a cheap brass clincher brow, and paid almost as much for that as I did for the rest of the bridle!
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              • #8
                Haven't used one, but if you are going to get one, order it from Miller's (now owned by Dover) - lower price AND cheaper shipping (this is true for EVERY product I have looked at there).
                If we have to nail on talent, it's not talent.
                Founder, Higher Standards Leather Care Addicts Anonymous


                • Original Poster

                  Thanks for the suggestions! Is Millers website Millersharness.com?


                  • #10
                    I also have one of these.

                    I have had it for years.

                    It currently is a schooling bridle for my TB and I have no complaints about it.


                    • #11
                      Also - check out this bridle at Miller's. I bought this as a back up to my other bridle (I use one for schooling and competition). It comes with reins, is super affordable, and a great, classically styled, padded bridle for the money.

                      They have other bridles as well that are cheaper, but they are not padded.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by caryledee View Post
                        Thanks for the suggestions! Is Millers website Millersharness.com?
                        If we have to nail on talent, it's not talent.
                        Founder, Higher Standards Leather Care Addicts Anonymous


                        • #13
                          I have two I have had for about 3 - 4 years they are great bridles for the price!


                          • #14
                            I have two of the Dover circuit bridles and they are both beautiful bridles, but need lots of initial oiling. I also have their circuit cc saddle and it's also a really nice saddle for the price, so I think the suffolk would be fine for schooling, probably better than most others you'd find at that price.
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                            • #15
                              I've had mine for almost two years and it's the only bridle I use for Sam... I'm planning on getting a better bridle soon when I can afford a really nice one, but the Suffolk is actually very nice for that price. It's held up well, softened up with some conditioner and not much of a visual difference from the high-end bridles unless you get up close and personal with it. (:

                              Here's a picture of it up close (Sam is mid-sneeze, beg pardon for his expression): http://inlinethumb41.webshots.com/41...600x600Q85.jpg

                              And up close showing the stitching on the browband: http://inlinethumb46.webshots.com/39...600x600Q85.jpg

                              I also had to get a bigger browband--but because the bridles are so cheap, I bought a cob bridle and a horse bridle, and mix-and-matched the parts. Now his bridle's getting small on him (must be his expanding brain) so I'm just going to swap out more cob for horse parts. Definitely a plus of the cheap bridle. (: I also always have a backup pair of reins because of that...
                              "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

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                              • Original Poster

                                Yes, I am definitely going with the suffolk...on sale for $29.99 in dover's sale catalog. How can you beat that? Thanks for the tips everyone!


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by caryledee View Post
                                  Yes, I am definitely going with the suffolk...on sale for $29.99 in dover's sale catalog. How can you beat that?
                                  By buying it here: http://millerharness.com/product.asp...cd2=1234501248

                                  Same bridle... might as well save yourself an extra $7 ($5 on the bridle, $2 on the shipping, as the higher Dover price will push it to the next-higher shipping bracket)
                                  If we have to nail on talent, it's not talent.
                                  Founder, Higher Standards Leather Care Addicts Anonymous