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        11-18-2008, 07:50 PM
      #1
    SDS
    Foal
    What would you recommond?

    Hi,

    I am just curious on what kind of english bridle you would recommond for me. I have just started to get into English riding (as well as my horse) and don't really know all that much. But, I'm curious on what you guys would have to say.
         
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        11-18-2008, 08:07 PM
      #2
    Foal
    Do you mean bridle or bit?
    If it's a bridle you are wondering about, pick one which first of all fits your horse's head. Are you riding English or also dressage? If you are doing dressage you might want to look for a bridle with a flash noseband.
    Quality is important as well. Go to your local tack shop and look at some bridles. Compare the leather and the stitching. Ask someone there who is knowledgeable and can assist you with making a wise choice.
    Also remember that cleaning your bridle will be important to maintain its new condition. If you live in an area where mildew can be a problem, stay away from bridles with white leather on them as it can be difficult to clean the dark mildew from them completely.
    Fit and quality are most important. You might also want to think about what color your bridle should be. Try to match your saddle with the bridle. If you are doing dressage, the bridle should be black.
         
        11-18-2008, 09:27 PM
      #3
    Weanling
    Colour is only important if you are showing, and if you are new to English riding, I wouldn't invest into a really good bridle until you were 100% sure on your discipline. I would go for a sturdy leather with a regular noseband. A snaffle bit (type depends on what you are doing and your horse) and plain or braided reins.
         
        11-19-2008, 12:19 AM
      #4
    Green Broke
    Until you're showing, just keep using whatever bridle you have.

    When you get more serious about things, then I'd recommend a quality non-flash bridle in a color that matches your saddle. I like Treadstone, HDR, and Collegiate for bridles at or under $100 (on most sites). If you go used or splurge on a more expensive bridle, then I'd go with Courbette, Bobby's, or Stubben.
         
        11-20-2008, 06:56 PM
      #5
    SDS
    Foal
    Well I know I'm not going to be showing, but the bridle I'm using right now is my western one with a snaffle bit. I was just curious what you guys would recommond to beginners.
         
        11-20-2008, 08:10 PM
      #6
    Foal
    Go with a regular bridle, it doesn't matter too much what you do with if your just riding for pleassure. Just check the stitching. I was riding with a lesson horses bridle and the cheekpiece broke, man that was torture, because the horse was green, he felt that his mouth had no pressure and took off! Lol, I wouldn't wanna repeat that.
         
        11-20-2008, 10:50 PM
      #7
    Weanling
    When I was learning how to jump my stirrup iron broke right before the jump. So yes, always check the quality of your tack lol
         
        11-21-2008, 01:29 PM
      #8
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SDS    
    Well I know I'm not going to be showing, but the bridle I'm using right now is my western one with a snaffle bit. I was just curious what you guys would recommond to beginners.
    Just stick with your current bridle and make sure the bit is a REAL snaffle, one without shanks. You want an O or D ring if it's western, or you can slap any English bit on your western bridle. If you don't want the long split reins, get some 9-10' gaming reins or cotton roping reins. Or, just buy some English reins to go on your western bridle.

    I used to use a western bridle and split reins with my English saddle all the time. The split reins are handy for training, or as impromptu side reins for lunging. Now I use an English bridle with all my saddles, western included .

    If you're going to buy an English bridle, do NOT buy a cheap one for $25-35. You WILL regret it. You're better off buying a good used bridle or forking out the $70-110 for a decent new one. If you don't end up sticking with English, you can re-sell it. Those cheap bridles work for some people, but they more often end up falling apart or just looking like crud really fast.
         
        11-21-2008, 01:32 PM
      #9
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Jacksonlover    
    I was riding with a lesson horses bridle and the cheekpiece broke, man that was torture, because the horse was green, he felt that his mouth had no pressure and took off! Lol, I wouldn't wanna repeat that.
    Exactly why you do NOT want a cheap bridle .
         

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