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post #1 of 17 Old 04-13-2013, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Gorgeous bridle.. Too good to be true?

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48 USD + shipping... Uh.. Is this too good to be true? :/ I really like this noseband width!
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post #2 of 17 Old 04-13-2013, 05:37 PM
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Country of origin is India. The leather from there is not the best quality and does not hold up for long. I would pass.
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post #3 of 17 Old 04-13-2013, 08:30 PM
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I have a few India made bridles that are over 20 yrs old. I also had a few I canned after 2 yrs. Couldn't tell you which company was which. Bought them from somebody in this country importing them. It was in the early years of the Indian leather invasion.
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post #4 of 17 Old 04-13-2013, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
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I think I'm going to take the chance. I really like that style of noseband, and I'd gladly pay more for it, but the whole design of the bridle is really gorgeous. And it's not too expensive for the risk.

Plus they appear to have decent eBay reviews, only complaint is slow shipping.

Thanks so much guys :)
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post #5 of 17 Old 04-13-2013, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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-- It looks like they supply HDR's leathers maybe? I could be totally wrong.. From what I'm reading on their website, they're a bulk seller or something. Seems neat. Leather might suck, but I'm still gonna try it.
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post #6 of 17 Old 04-14-2013, 12:11 AM
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I have a bridle made from leather from India. Horrible cardboard leather. No amount of oiling, conditioning, or soaping will make it softer. I've owned it for two years and it's still just as stiff and nasty as the day I bought it. I will never again buy any tack that is made in India. Waste of money. I only paid $60, including shipping for mine. Should have saved my money up and bought a nicer one.
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post #7 of 17 Old 04-17-2013, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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Well I've looked around and talked to people who've purchased from them before, and apparently they find the quality much better than a lot of the smartpak bridles.

They give you the option to order low quality indian leather, high quality indian leather, and english leather. I'm doing high quality indian

And they'll customize it however I like, which is super awesome! I'm getting extra length fancy stitched reins and an awesome customized bridle for dirt cheap!

I'm not completely sold that the bridle will be too good of leather, despite what I'm being told.. But who knows, fingers crossed :P
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post #8 of 17 Old 04-18-2013, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Apparently they also manufacture Showmark! Huh.
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post #9 of 17 Old 04-18-2013, 08:02 AM
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First of all, you CAN get an awesome bridle cheap if you are very lucky. My show bridle cost me $70 brand new (I found it in consignment store). Nice supple leather (I'm very picky about it), and blue accent crystals on browband and noseband. Noone at the shows believe me when I tell the price. :) However those "made in India" are usually not a good quality. Most of the time you really get what you pay for.

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Ready to be grossed out? India leather is urine tanned. Kids run around with pee catchers and collect urine for tanning the leather. North American leather is tanned with the tannins in Oak leaves.
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