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What Kind Of Bridle Should I Get?

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    09-11-2011, 05:37 PM
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I am looking to get a bridle for my pony, and I am wondering what kind of bridle I should get.

I mostly will be doing hunter, jumper, and A Circuit Shows. My Pony is well behaved and very experienced.

If you need to know any more information please let me know and I will be happy to give it to you.

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    09-11-2011, 06:59 PM
What's your price range and preference in looks?

As you know, there's tons out there, and many look very nice in the A circuits, it's just a matter of what kind of look you go for.
    09-11-2011, 07:02 PM
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Well, obviously you would need an english bridle, so that rules out half your list automatically.

So between a Hunter bridle and a Jumper bridle, you should go with the hunter type, as it can be used in both rings, where a jumper bridle (figure 8 noseband type) is not permitted in the hunter ring.
    09-12-2011, 09:17 AM
I ride jumpers/eventers and some dressage/show hack and use the same bridle setup for everything. I have two bridles, one leather and one PVC.

Both are simple snaffle bridles with flat cavesson nosebands. Both have double jointed eggbutt snaffles on them - the PVC bridle has a flat middle link and the leather one has an oval link. Monty prefers the flat link.

EDIT; Monty is 16 and has been eventing and jumping since he was 4yo so he is REALLY experienced, and normally pretty well behaved. Even when he's over-excited, he's manageable. When he's not behaving well, it's usually because I'm not riding well.

I can jump/xc/pleasure ride in the PVC bridle if it's raining or there's a water obstacle, to keep my leather bridle nice. Dressage/show hack is very traditional and PVC is not dressage legal and will not place well in show hack - this is why I have the leather bridle in the first place. I love synthetic tack, it is low-maintenance and usually cheaper than leather. At least, a QUALITY leather bridle will cost more than a synthetic one - my synthetic bridle was $40. My leather bridle was $35 but the leather is really stiff and needs a LOT of maintenance to be useable. The same bridle in soft leather is $99 in my local tackshop.
    09-13-2011, 06:36 PM

Originally Posted by DejaVu    
What's your price range and preference in looks?

As you know, there's tons out there, and many look very nice in the A circuits, it's just a matter of what kind of look you go for.
I Think My Price range in under $150
    09-14-2011, 09:45 AM
OK so for under $150 you can get a nice-ish bridle brand new, or a REALLY nice bridle second hand.

My $35 leather bridle is still in show condition after daily use for over 2 years. I need to replace the reins but that's purely for appearance reasons - a horse chewed on them and now there's patches that are brown and fuzzy, on a smooth black leather bridle. Not a good look! So cheap doesn't always mean nasty, but be prepared to have to put a lot of leather conditioner on a cheaper bridle to get it soft. Mine needs five to ten applications at a time, and I'm lazy so I only ever put 3-4 applications on.

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