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.
If you decide to take the chance be religious about cleaning and oiling it. Check it every ride.
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.
-- 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 going to try it.
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. Posted via Mobile Device
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.