Thursday, July 14, 2016

Bridle Shopping - Help Needed

I'm in the market for a black bridle for Emi. I currently have two horses and only one bridle....tell me how that's possible! But...I'm having trouble finding something I like that also fits her and is within my $200 budget. That's where all of you come in. Suggestions?


Things I like: Buckle cheek pieces, a slightly wider noseband, and preferably a crank (not so I can crank her mouth shut but because I like the padding they offer). The problem with the wider noseband is they are often quite raised. I tried one like that on her the other day and the bit sat right on the noseband which caused the bit to poke out around the noseband. It was not attractive. 

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  1. Have you tried the Horze Venice bridle? I like mine (it's brown) and I know Wilco has it in black. It has the nice rounded buckles, mono-crown, and a wide crank noseband (http://www.horze.com/bridles/horze-venice-bridle/10045.html?color=DBR). I also like the Smartpak Plymouth Elite bridle (https://www.smartpakequine.com/pt/plymouth-elite-dressage-bridle-by-smartpak-9857), higher quality than the Horze one with mostly the same features, but the noseband is raised and not quite as wide, but still a good width I think.

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    1. Also, I have no idea how you have only one bridle. I have one horse and 5 english bridles and 2 western bridles...

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  2. I've had good luck searching eBay for bridles over the years – and I've never spent anywhere close to $200.

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  3. Flexible fit makes nice, affordable, custom bridles. They have a wide/flat noseband option as well.

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  4. I have a schockemoehle bridle that I bought for Annie and it is great. I want to say it was $200 with reins but I need to find it online. I'll try to find a picture but I really like it.

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  5. Flexible fit! I did their most expensive black bridle, and with the exchange rate, I only spent $158. Nice quality, and custom sized (ie cob browband and noseband and full checks and head stall). I did a review about them not too long ago.

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    1. Hawk is right- they make a flat noseband on their cheapest bridle option- they're still very squishy and the crank padding is something I'd want in my shoes (a friend bought that bridle and we ordered together). That option also has buckle cheeks.

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  6. Agree with Flexible Fit. They are totally customizatable, and have some really cool options as far as the look you want. They ship super fast, and you can get a really nice bridle for not a lot of money as the US dollar is very strong against the AU dollar.

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  7. If you find a brand you like, search Facebook sales groups! You can usually find good deals on lightly used tack there.

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