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    06-30-2010, 10:46 AM
padded or not padded?

Just wanted some opinions on bridles.
Does it matter to you if the bridle is padded or not?
Why or why not?
Do you have preferences for dressage/jumping that are different from each other?

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    06-30-2010, 10:57 AM
Green Broke
IMO padded ones are more comfortable for the horse, but I also have a none-padded one.
I like dressage bridles because I ride dressage. If I was a jumper I asume I would like a jumper bridle ;)
If I was just a English rider who just hacks around then I would get a jumper bridle
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    06-30-2010, 11:03 AM
Yeah I was looking around, and I see much more dressage bridle padded, and jumper bridle non padded.
But I would assume padded would be better for the horse
    06-30-2010, 08:33 PM
Anyone with an opinion??
    06-30-2010, 09:41 PM
I ride with a non padded one and Jerry seems to like it more. It actually seems like it takes some of the pressure off of his head and he has lowered his head into a nice position instead of wildly flinging it around like he used to. I guess it depends on what the horse likes.
    07-02-2010, 08:41 PM
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    07-02-2010, 08:54 PM
Green Broke
I like the looks of padded bridles better, but it really doesn't matter much to me. For me, the quality of the bridle must be top notch. I only buy good brand name bridles made in Europe or the USA. If I have to save up for 6 months to buy a good bridle, then so be it . I do try to only buy bridles on sale and a couple of times I have bought them used.

I bought a "Crown" bridle from Dover as some forum members said the quality was surprisingly good. WRONG! It may have been decent quality for the price, but it definitely isn't up to my standards... The only brand names that I like are Stubben, Passier, Kieffer, Jerry's Harness Shop, Bobby's, Vespucci, or Crosby. I have a Courbette bridle that is nice, but it's not wearing as well as I hoped it would... The throatlatch is getting "roughed up" from use, despite frequent cleaning and conditioning.

Here's an interesting article on padded vs. non-padded.
::: Sustainable Dressage - Tack & Auxillary Equipment - The Bridle & the Bit :::
    07-02-2010, 10:55 PM
Thanks, I like your comment!

And no worry, im also really picky when it comes to tack, and I obviously want the quality of the leather to be good, even if it means saving up
I was just a little confuse as my only bridle is, I would say between padded and non-padded. There is pad, but not as much as the ones here.
I like to base my purchase if its online and I don't know the product on reviews I read online. But its hard to trust people , sometimes reviews are opposite of what it is really.

The names you mentioned have been coming back to me on other threads, and by people so, thanks for that. I'll have to keep these in mind
Although I have my mind nicely set on stubben for my next purchases of bridles and saddles
A friend of mine has a stubben bridle going on its 10 years, still look as new as her courbette, less than 2 years I believe.
    09-28-2010, 10:29 AM
Dally, could you email me @ I can't private message you because I haven't posted five messages yet. We used to own a Tom and Dan (pictures from one of your previous posts), and I found your post when I googled their names. We sold them about 5/6 years ago to a man in FL to do weddings. Please email me when you get a chance!
Sorry for the wrong placement of this...
    09-28-2010, 07:15 PM
Green Broke
I PM-ed her for you.

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