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  • Full vs cob vs warmblood
  • Quarter horse head size cob or full

 
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    09-07-2010, 12:11 PM
  #1
Weanling
Cob vs Full bridles

I've been using an old bridle on the horse I just bought, which the owners sent with him. It fits him fine, but it's not really a regular bridle - just clip-on cheek pieces that attach to a throat latch and browband.

So I tried my old hunter style bridle on him - which used to be used on my old Quarter horse. On my new guy it's up on the shortest holes, and might be a hair loose on the bit - I'd probably pull it up about half a hole shorter (with a hole punch) if I was to use it on him. The brow band sticks out an inch or so in front of his head. The nose band with the strap around his head on the shortest hole is roughly over his nostrils, so it would definitely need a hole punched and a LOT of the strap chopped off to keep it from banging him in the face.

So I got a new dressage bridle - because we're starting some dressage lessons this week. I decided to try a cob. It seems to "just" fit on all the longest holes. The browband is slightly tighter than I'd like, but only a hair. I'd like one more hole on the throatlatch. The nose band is probably ok, or I might lengthen it one hole if that was available. There isn't much leather left for punching new holes in that one, though, since we're on the long end of it.

Are full and cob really that different, that I could be stuck "in the middle" of the two? Or is it just the difference in bridle styles causing that? Should I try a full size dressage bridle on him and see if that gives us more to work with, or is it likely to be as oversized as the hunter style full size?
     
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    09-07-2010, 01:35 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Sizes in bridles are like sizes in anything else in the horse industry, they aren't the same from manufacturer to manufacturer. Sounds like your boy is like most of my horses, "in-between" size. I try to find horse size bridles that run small (Bobby's are good) or Cob size bridles that run big (Courbette and Kieffer run big). Measure your current bridle, that's a bit small, and try to find bridles that run bigger. Or, you can try a horse size from the same manufacturer.
     
    09-08-2010, 02:07 PM
  #3
Weanling
Ok, I exchanged the cob size for a full size in the exact same make/model (or whatever you call it - same brand, same style).
Now he's on the shortest holes, and it "sort-of" fits. The throat latch and browband are better, but I'll probably need to punch holes in the cheeks and in the noseband.

At least this way I can punch holes to shorten it, though. With the cob I was at the ends of the straps so there was no leather left to punch.

What a frustrating head size...
     
    09-08-2010, 04:50 PM
  #4
Foal
Don't know what brand you're looking at but you could have a look at justbridles.com in which case you can sometimes buy different parts in different sizes. I feel your pain, my gelding is a very in between size and it's a PITA!
     
    09-08-2010, 05:34 PM
  #5
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Shenandoah    
Ok, I exchanged the cob size for a full size in the exact same make/model (or whatever you call it - same brand, same style).
Now he's on the shortest holes, and it "sort-of" fits. The throat latch and browband are better, but I'll probably need to punch holes in the cheeks and in the noseband.

At least this way I can punch holes to shorten it, though. With the cob I was at the ends of the straps so there was no leather left to punch.

What a frustrating head size...
If it's black, buy some replacement cheek pieces in cob or pony size. Just measure yours and be sure the ones you buy are about 1" shorter. That's what I had to do for my mare . For the noseband, you can take it to a shoe repair shop and have them "lower" the buckle by 1".
     
    09-08-2010, 05:46 PM
  #6
Green Broke
I have a Quarter Horse with a Horse sized head, Cob sized flash/crank and a Warmblood sized Browband.

I ended up buying a Horse sized bridle and a Warmblood browband, then my trainer punched a slew of extra holes so everything now fits. I've just got to take it in to have some of the straps cut shorter as they are really long and dangling all over the place.
     
    09-08-2010, 06:17 PM
  #7
Started
I know where you're coming from with the hard-to-fit horses. I had one bridle, bought used, no name or size marks that fit my horse. Could not for the life of me find another bridle that fit.

I ended up measuring every inch of leather on the bridle I had, and went from tack store to tack store with my tape measure, and scoured eBay for reputable sellers who had taken the time to list precise measurements. It took a while, but I finally found another bridle that fit. I ended up with the same runaround for a western show halter, too.

I have a cob-sized hunter bridle, a full sized nylon halter/bridle combo, a full sized WP headstall, and a QH Yearling sized show halter. All fits my one large pony: go figure.
     
    09-08-2010, 06:17 PM
  #8
Foal
I'd say full as you can punch new holes.
     

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