I'm on the hunt for the best, most comfortable dressage bridle that will last forever. I'm looking for something with a padded crownpiece, preferably a mono crown. Crank padded noseband with flash, but not something so wide that it overpowers Danny smallish head. He wears a horse size bridle, but most horse size nosebands are on the last hole since his nose is so narrow. Anyone have good suggestions under $400? I've looked at the Vespuccis, Prestige, Passier, and some Keiffers, but I can't decide!
I almost bought a Nunn Finer, but it also didn't have the flash that I wanted.
My trainer reccomended getting an Otto Schumacher because the leather quality will outlive your horse if you take good care of it, but we ended up finding a used Keiffer on eBay that I purchased. It doesn't have a padded crownpiece though. I would keep an eye on eBay listings. Sometimes you can find a barely used, well cared for bridle for much less than $400+. I think mine was somewhere between $60-75 and it was in almost new condition!
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:
Thanks guys!! Ended up ordering a Schumacher Venedig. So, I spent a "little" bit more than I planned, but it has everything I wanted! Oh well... I told my fiance to chip in a little for an anniversary present!!