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    06-25-2014, 10:20 PM
  #1
Weanling
Driving bridle issue

My parent's got me a driving bridle for graduation. We got it from Amber hillside harness. I got it in the mail today and took it out of the box. As soon as I took it out of the box I thought it looked oddly huge. I went ahead and tried it on her. Even on the smallest holes it doesn't fit. It gapes at the caveson and I can't get the bit up high enough.

Is it just me or does this bridle seem to be a warmblood size? I've never come across a horse size bridle that doesn't fit Angel. She has an average size head.

I went ahead and emailed them. I feel that they didn't size them properly. I ordered horse size and I didn't get a horse size, I got a warmblood size.
Push come to shove and I have to make due with what I have should I be able to punch more holes to make it fit? Or should I just try to sell it on ebay and get my money back and then get a smaller size?

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And this is on the smallest hole
     
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    06-26-2014, 09:40 AM
  #2
Yearling
Have you heard back from them yet? That's where I bought my harness from & their really good about making sure the customer is happy
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    06-26-2014, 12:54 PM
  #3
Weanling
That almost looks draft size!
     
    06-26-2014, 03:52 PM
  #4
Started
I would measure a bridle that DOES fit (while on her head, with the bit you plan to use) from bit to bit, measure around her nose at the spot the cavesson SHOULD be (2-3 finger widths below the cheek) And send the measurements back with the bridle. You will lose a bunch of money reselling it, and they should take it back and exchange it.

Nancy
     
    06-26-2014, 03:56 PM
  #5
Green Broke
The one thing even if it did fit that would be a concern is the caveson. Does it adjust on the headstall or it is in one position? If it does not adjust it can cause issues.
     
    06-26-2014, 04:03 PM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by littrella    
Have you heard back from them yet? That's where I bought my harness from & their really good about making sure the customer is happy
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No I haven't heard anything from them yet. On their returns it says you can return it no questions asked, but they're in Canada. It cost $25 just to ship it out here. I have no clue how much it would cost to send this one back and then send the new one out. I guess I should have thought about this before I bought it..

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Originally Posted by EdmontonHorseGal    
that almost looks draft size!
That's what I thought when I first pulled it out. It looked too big to be a horse size. Then putting it on Angel confirmed it. This is the first time I have ran into a "horse" sized bridle that didn't fit her. Usually she fits them wonderfully. Usually there is room to go a little bigger and room to go a little smaller. Sadly there is no hope of this being able to fit Jinxx.
     
    06-26-2014, 04:10 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by greentree    
I would measure a bridle that DOES fit (while on her head, with the bit you plan to use) from bit to bit, measure around her nose at the spot the cavesson SHOULD be (2-3 finger widths below the cheek) And send the measurements back with the bridle. You will lose a bunch of money reselling it, and they should take it back and exchange it.

Nancy
I will have to do that. I do have an english caveson that fits so I will go ahead and measure that one too. I got the bridle for $65 with shipping. I think I should be able to get that back. I know a guy who drives percherons that I was going to see if he wanted to buy it, if I had to sell it.


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Originally Posted by churumbeque    
The one thing even if it did fit that would be a concern is the caveson. Does it adjust on the headstall or it is in one position? If it does not adjust it can cause issues.
On the left side of the bridle there are 3 loops that the caveson can move to, so left or right of the position it's in now. Other than that it's pretty stationary. I'm not too familiar with driving bridle and cavesons so how can it cause issues?
     
    06-26-2014, 10:48 PM
  #8
Weanling
Update

So I heard back from the company. That is their horse size. Honestly I still feel that it is not horse size, unless the average horse in canada is huge. The lady said it fits average quarter horse sized heads, which Angel is pretty average.

Anyways they said to send them measurements and they would help me find one that will fit her. They said that if I send it back they would send me a new one no problem, but it would cost another $25 just to ship it. I decided to just keep this one and sell it and then buy a new one.

So if anyone is interest in buying it let me know
     
    06-26-2014, 11:07 PM
  #9
Foal
Gadzooks. It looks big big. When I ordered my Liberty harness from Amber a Hillside/Ron's, I got an email confirming size measurements. So wow, if Mitch of the honking huge cranium and schnoz can fit their cob bridle, holy moly, that bridle you got is a whopper.

Just checking because I can't tell from the picture, but you did loop the end strap where the bit goes back through the noseband right? The way my bridle from that company came, it had the strap going down, the bit fit on the end loop and then the strap went back up through the slot on the noseband and buckled to the buckle. Not that it really might make a difference for you if you tried that, but it would mean you could move the noseband down towards the bit and maybe take the buckle up more hole (although it's on the last setting, right? Might mean it's too big period.

You might try asking for a trade on Carriage Driving Classifieds on Facebook. Or one of the other harness groups. I know a couple. I'll check my tack, I think I have a bridle left from my first harness, but I can't verify that until the morning.
     
    06-26-2014, 11:33 PM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by CaliforniaDreaming    
Gadzooks. It looks big big. When I ordered my Liberty harness from Amber a Hillside/Ron's, I got an email confirming size measurements. So wow, if Mitch of the honking huge cranium and schnoz can fit their cob bridle, holy moly, that bridle you got is a whopper.

Just checking because I can't tell from the picture, but you did loop the end strap where the bit goes back through the noseband right? The way my bridle from that company came, it had the strap going down, the bit fit on the end loop and then the strap went back up through the slot on the noseband and buckled to the buckle. Not that it really might make a difference for you if you tried that, but it would mean you could move the noseband down towards the bit and maybe take the buckle up more hole (although it's on the last setting, right? Might mean it's too big period.

You might try asking for a trade on Carriage Driving Classifieds on Facebook. Or one of the other harness groups. I know a couple. I'll check my tack, I think I have a bridle left from my first harness, but I can't verify that until the morning.
Yes I did loop it back through the nose band. The whole bridle is just way to big. I mentioned to them that it's more the size of a draft bridle and all she said was they had a draft bridle that is even bigger than this one. Holy cow is that a big bridle.
I really like this bridle, just wish it came in brass colored hardware. It's pretty decent leather and is just over all really nice. I love the thick leather browband on it. And it even has the decorative tear drop.
I'm probably going to list it on Ebay.
     

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