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post #1 of 9 Old 05-09-2008, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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bridle question (with pictures)

I found a western bridle that fits Sonny really well, and my barn owner said that I could buy it. She's asking $50 for it, and IMO I think it's a little too much for it, but then again I've never been bridle shopping before.

Could you please take a look at the pictures below and say if you think this bridle is worth $50. Sadly all the pictures have Sonny in it, and not just pictures of the bridle itself

^^on one side there is duct tape and I have yet to take it off that one side and see why it's there...I'll more than likely do that after my lesson on Sunday

^^The really only thing I don't like is that the throatlatch keeper (the metal piece that you'd put so the extra piece isn't moving around...I hope you all know what I'm trying to say haha) won't stay

^^And there's a front view
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-09-2008, 02:15 PM
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If it fits him well, I say go for it!!
Bridles can be expensive. If it does fit him, then get it! But yeah, I have an idea for the keeper. You could put like a string or something & tie it on there so that extra piece will stay in place.

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How old is it? If not that old and leather is in good condition (and good on touch), that it's not bad at all.
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val
How old is it? If not that old and leather is in good condition (and good on touch), that it's not bad at all.
I do not know how old it is, but it is in good condition
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post #5 of 9 Old 05-16-2008, 01:16 PM
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It's worth 50 dollars for sure! If it were new it would probably be around 150!! I'd get it because it fits him and is in good condition. It's honestly a good deal
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post #6 of 9 Old 05-16-2008, 01:23 PM
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I'd get it--it may be a bit over your expected budget, but if it fits him well, if you and Sonny both like it, and if you plan on having it a while, then I think it'll be worth the money.

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post #7 of 9 Old 05-16-2008, 02:47 PM
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It's probably the pictures, but the leather and the 'silver' look like the quality you would find at a horse auction...i.e. not worth $20 (let alone $50)

I would expect to pay $50 for a used reinsman bridle, or circle y you know the maker??

Sorry to be the neighsayer - but you don't want to get taken!

It is good that the bridle fits and he wears it well, but quite honestly, most headstalls are going to adjust to fit your horse - - the big factor is the bit. (And if you can get the bit by itself and then attach it you your own bride...i think i would)

Just for comparison's sake, you can visit and put together a new bridle (headstall+reins+bit) for around $50

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I am agreeing with Kickshaw 100% That is so overpriced!!!!!!

Especially if it has duct tape on it to hold it together!

I bought a used billy cook bridle for $30 and it included the sweet iron bit with copper roller and reins and is in great shape! I also bought a leather bridle with a o ring snaffle and reins at an horse auction for $15 and it is really nice shape. No mending or patches or duct tape for sure.

Call a consignment shop! I'm sure they could hook you up with better for less. or ebay or any tack trader. like Kickshaw said, just about any bridle should fit because they are adjustable.

Sorry, I didn't mean to jump up and down on you. I just know you can find better.

Just to give you an idea of what is out there, I didn't pay over $35 for any of these bridles. Including the black one with silver. I don't want you to get ripped off.

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post #9 of 9 Old 05-16-2008, 04:40 PM
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agreed, although if that bit is the one i think it is, it alone is worth like 30 bucks...

ALSO - and you guys are going to laugh but... supposedly the new "in" thing for show is the blonde leather..... if that's why you are buying it... for show I mean... what color is your saddle and just for kicks... are those ENGLISH reigns????

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