Lol, seriously? I wasn't being rude, I was teasing. And Faye, not everyone can spend $300 + on a flippin' bridle.
Equine, I understand. I have cheap bridles, but that's my choice - I take good care of them though and I've had mine for over 5 years and they are holding up quite well. You don't have to spend $30.00 on a bridle, but there are good quality one's that are $100 +. If you want the one you chose, then so be it. Enjoy it.
I have never owned a bridle more expensive than $100.00 - but I think it doesn't matter how "well tanned" the bloody cow hide is, just so long as you take care of it well - regardless if it is an $80.00 bridle, or a $500.00 bridle. If you clean it regularly, and condition it regularly - then it'll last a long time. I bought mine from tack sales, I don't think they even have a name brand to be honest....but I've had them over 5 years and they are still holding strong.
I want me one of these: 5-Way English Breast Plate English Saddle Breastcollar - eBay (item 220669079147 end time Dec-12-10 14:30:47 PST)
So I'm saving my pennies :) I'm Poo! *that's supposed to be poor...but I can't afford the R at the end.....*
Equine, I'm quite broke myself. I work 2 jobs, 1 full time and 1 part time just to pay for my hobby, so I fully understand. If I could afford "quality" I would spend it...but I have to spread my pennies over multiple items....or put them on Birthday and Christmas Wish Lists :) *coughlikeasaddlecoughcough*