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post #11 of 16 Old 10-29-2011, 06:47 PM
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I ride the same lesson horse all the time, and bought my own bridle to use on him, as I was tired of finding a dirty bit when going to use it.

Since I bought the bridle, I bought the exact same bit the horse used on his school bridle.

It has worked out even better now, as he now goes in a Pelham with me, but still uses the other bit with other lesson kids.
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post #12 of 16 Old 10-29-2011, 07:11 PM
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I would save the money... wait until you have your own horse and indulge in a particularly gorgeous one!
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post #13 of 16 Old 10-30-2011, 12:27 PM
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I am leasing a horse right now (have been for almost a year) and bought my own bridle after I started leasing him. Really it's up to you if you want to buy your own bridle and save it, but depending on what bit the horse you ride right now has, I bet it's not too expensive! The bridle I bought is fabulous for the price ($30! It's $44 right now though) and I HIGHLY suggest it! I take great care of it and it's stayed soft and supple :)

Suffolk Fancy Snaffle Bridle < Hunter Bridles < Horse Tack|Dover Saddlery.

It's real leather, though not the best quailty I love it! Here's a few pictures of it on my horse:





I love the width of the noseband and browband especially!
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post #14 of 16 Old 10-30-2011, 05:20 PM
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If it were me, I would ask my trainer if I could clean up and condition the bridle of my lesson horse, and save up for a bridle that belongs to my own horse, or lease horse.

I've heard Plymouth is good for the price, and I have a Suffolk laying around somewhere, and it's decent enough to get the job done, and looks nice.
But think-If you give your lesson horse's bridle a good cleaning and soak in some oil, then you can in the meantime keep saving up for a bridle of better quality.

My Suffolk rarely gets used, and I'm concerned about how long it would last with often use. It already looks a little rough with the small amount of use it gets. Typical cheaper leather. Doesn't last you near as long, no matter what kind of care you give it.

As far as bits, consult with your trainer on that.

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post #15 of 16 Old 10-30-2011, 07:37 PM
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Suffolk could be a pretty good choice as a starter bridle for the price. Leather quality is definitely not the "butter-like" one, but it's not horrible either, and it holds up quite well. I have their reins for couple years - work for me.

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post #16 of 16 Old 10-30-2011, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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I think first I'll ask about cleaning some of the lesson bridles. Leather is one of my favorite things, for some reason, and if I can get a couple of those back into shape it will be good practice for getting my own. I guess I'd be better off saving the money towards being able to at least lease. Right now things are fairly tight and I can only afford 6x/month lessons, so better to put the money into riding than equipment I can borrow and help take care of, right?
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