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    05-02-2012, 10:27 PM
What bridle is appropriate?

Hi guys,

I recently got a new saddle that is black so my old dressage bridle has to go (its brown) in a while I will be getting a new one.

I have 2 photos of different bridles on her, the first is a very old one (please ignore the obviously way to small browband it was removed after these photos were taken) the second is her in her brown bridle that I have used to show her in. The third photo is of her bridle with show browband on it.

I was wondering what would be the best style of bridle to purchase it would be used for dressage and showing.

Thanks for your help!
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    05-02-2012, 10:30 PM
Curly, you posted just 1 image..

I'd get a black bridle with flash personally. The brand will depend on your budget. My own show bridle has crystals on both - browband and noseband (not blingy, but quite conservative looking, just to give some accent), but it's a matter of taste really (and I do NOT use this bridle for every day riding).
    05-02-2012, 10:31 PM
You posted other pics as I typed... :)

In fact I like the first bridle (except the bright browband). I'd look into something similar, just ALL black.
    05-02-2012, 10:33 PM
Thanks for the quick reply Kitten.
I have a plain browband for the black bridle!

I think it makes her nose look long and big, she doesn't need the flash part though as she is very accepting.
You don't think her face looks nicer in the caveson noseband style?

ETA: also do I need a browband that is a V or a straight one?
    05-02-2012, 10:43 PM
I don't use flash for every day riding, but the show bridle came with one, so I keep it there - just don't tighten. Never had an issue.

I may be yelled at, but I just think the one with flash on looks more "fashionable". Again, just a matter of taste. As for browband, I've seen V-shaped in Dover (with some crystals). They look very nice. Not sure how popular they are though (I don't remember seeing them much in show rings around here).
    05-02-2012, 10:44 PM
BTW, I do NOT think your horse's nose looks long. Very pretty horse if you ask me.
    05-02-2012, 10:45 PM
Aw thankyou I think she is pretty to! Just not the normal type around here!
The show browbands and crystal browbands seem to be popular here at the moment but by the time I am ready to compete who knows!
    05-02-2012, 10:49 PM
Originally Posted by CurlyIsASpecialStandie    
The show browbands and crystal browbands seem to be popular here at the moment but by the time I am ready to compete who knows!
That's why I really like the conservative approach. You'll never go wrong with it.
    05-02-2012, 10:52 PM
The first one looks good on her.

She's adorable in the 2nd picture though, she makes the best expressions

I hate flashes, but a nice raised cavesson looks great on her!

EDIT: Forgot about the 3rd picture. Do you have a better angle? It's kind of dark
    05-02-2012, 10:53 PM
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
That's why I really like the conservative approach. You'll never go wrong with it.
Very true! I may for now stick with the black one I have, and in november at Equitana when I have some more money I may buy a good quality one.
At horseland they have V browbands so if necesary I could just swap them temporarily.

Will see what others suggest to :)

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