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post #1 of 16 Old 11-04-2012, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Good quality bridle?

Hi everyone :),

I bought a Pessoa Raised Fancy Stitched bridle a couple months ago. Today someone was shooting off a gun near my stable and my horse spooked, the reins ended up under his hoof and they snapped. I'm not blaming the brand or anything, but I am considered maybe just buying an entirely new bridle, it wouldn't hurt to have a spare.

The reason I bought a Pessoa in the first place is because I have a Pessoa saddle and wanted to match it up best as possible. The saddle I have is from the older Pessoa brand however, when the saddles used to come from Paris. Now the leather isn't the same.

I am wondering if I should stick with the Pessoa brand because of my saddle or is there a brand that would be higher quality? I want something that will look nice but also will have quality leather that could last a long time. I ride hunter/jumper. Thanks!
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You have to bear in mind one reason for using leather is that it will break in an emergency, whatever quality bridle you buy.

Most English/European leather is pit-tanned - the best quality stuff can take a year to cure properly which is why it's expensive. As long as you avoid cheap (drum dyed) leather bridles you should be fine :)

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You have to bear in mind one reason for using leather is that it will break in an emergency, whatever quality bridle you buy.)
Yes, exactly. My horse got his foot tangled in a pair of reins that, for whatever reason, didn't break. He ended up going over backwards on my saddle and having back problems as a result.

I really wish the reins had broken.
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I agree, I don't blame the brand for breaking. I just was wondering if there is a brand that I should buy instead because it almost doesn't seem worth buying just the reins because they're almost half the price of the whole bridle with reins included. So I don't know if there is a higher quality bridle just in general that I should at least consider?

Thanks for the information about the leather! :)
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I got the Horze Prinze Bridle and am very happy with the quality.
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Hey, your username is my real name! Lol.

What's your price range? Pessoa makes some nice bridles and I wouldn't discount them because the rein broke. If you're looking for brand suggestions to try, see if you can find a used Wylde bridle. Dover doesn't sell them anymore. I absolutely love mine.
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Heehee it's my real name too :)

I would like to stay under $600 or $500.
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Have you looked at Vespucci?
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I looked at the Vespucci bridles that were on Dover, and the only rating it had said that the leather quality wasn't that good, but I know that doesn't necessarily mean it is. Have you heard of people having good experiences with them?
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The woman I event with has their figure eight bridle and adores it. Are you within driving distance to one of their stores that you could feel the bridle before buying? Also, take a look at English Bridles for more reviews.
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