For a LOT less than $400, we could make your bridle for you.
We do 'made-to-measure' only, which means no more 'odd fitting' nosebands and parts of bridles which are too small or too big.
We like to work with our customers to design their 'dream bridle' - so widths of nosebands, etc, are all done to the customers' preferences. We can even personalise by hand-stitching monograms, little patterns, initials, names, etc onto bridles (and all other saddlery items) if the customer wants this.
We ONLY use the finest English leather, buckles, etc, and all our work is hand-made and hand-stitched. Every order is made 'individually' - we don't mass produce.
We produce 2 different 'comfort padded' headpieces - one is a straight shape, one is cut-back away from the ears.
Both of these styles have the noseband headstraps stitched into the headpiece, so there is no noseband headstrap running over the poll. The noseband is then supplied with buckles both sides, to attach to the headpiece.
Customers can choose whether they want hook-stud billets or buckles to the bit on reins and cheeks. We produce 7 different types of reins, including laced, plaited, plain and rubber-grip.
Crank nosebands with flash straps are no problem. The crank can be whatever width you want. The padding can also be whatever colour you want too.
All our bridles are priced in component parts, so customers can create the bridle THEY want, not just buy whatever is available.
Hopefully you can see a lot of our work in the photobucket album link in my signature.
As an idea of price....This is difficult without knowing exactly what you want, but as a guide:
Padded comfort headpiece: Straight: $45, shaped: $55
Padded crank noseband with flash: $55 - $65 depending on the width
Pair of cheek pieces: $25
Padded raised browband: $25
Plain reins: $30
Plaited reins: $45
ALL these prices include 'made to measure' and shipping to the USA.
Please, if you wish to discuss further, just drop me a PM.
P.S. ......Here's a link to a breastplate we have just made for another Horse Forum member: For Kitten_Val.... This is yours.