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post #1 of 19 Old 09-05-2013, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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I have to buy a new bridle for my mare. I'm looking for good quality, supple leather. Another condition is that I don't want to pay more than $200. I'd rather not even spend too much over $100 but I realize that I have to for a bridle that will last. I'm looking into bridles with a flash band (removable is preferable but not a must). I glanced at the Amigo Event Bridle and Showman Flash Bridle. Does anyone know which one would be better or know of an even better brand? Any opinions will help.

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post #2 of 19 Old 09-05-2013, 09:51 PM
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Kincade, ovation, HDR are good brands that hold up for a long while!!
I am going to buy my dressage bridle from eBay, at saddlry4u2 this winter....
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post #3 of 19 Old 09-06-2013, 12:47 AM
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I don't know a lot about English stuff, but smart pak has a lot of English bridles in this price range. They are great to work with. If for whatever reason your are unsatisfied with the purchase they will pay for the return shipping, no questions asked.

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post #4 of 19 Old 09-06-2013, 11:14 AM
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Horze has a lot of great quality leather bridles. I especially like the bling options :) They are cheaper since they manufacture their own products.

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I bought a bridle from SmartPak's Harwich line last year, and I was very impressed with the quality. It looked nicer coming out of the box than my $200 bridle, and has actually held up better. They have several styles, all in your price range.

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post #6 of 19 Old 09-06-2013, 02:59 PM
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Buy used! I got a cliff barnsby dressage bridle for my mare. Brand new they're $250 I bought mine from a friend at the barn for $90. It's my absolute favorite bridle ever, SO NICE!
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post #7 of 19 Old 09-06-2013, 03:38 PM
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I like Gatsby bridles. They don't feel stiff and hard, even new.

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post #8 of 19 Old 09-08-2013, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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How light of a brown are the bridles on Horze? I have a Stubben Parzival Saddle that's sort of a medium to dark-ish brown color. I want something that will look a bit similar that I can show her in.

I'll definitely look into SmartPak. I also glanced at StatelineTack.

Ovation Padded Event Bridle w/Flash/Reins - Statelinetack.com

Henri De Rivel Event Bridle - Statelinetack.com

Henri De Rivel Monocrown Event Bridle - Statelinetack.com

Plymouth Padded Flash Bridle by SmartPak - Hunter/Jumper Bridles from SmartPak Equine

Of those, which would you go with? What details do you look for in a good bridle? I have two - one is horrible and cheap which I bought thinking my young horse would grow out of it but I ended up giving her to my Uncle. The other bridle I've owned 14+ years and it's held up well considering but I never knew the brand.

I always wondered about Gatsby. I had never heard anything about them so I just assumed they weren't that great. I'll definitely keep them in mind!
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post #9 of 19 Old 09-08-2013, 03:10 PM
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I would go with the Plymouth bridle out of those. I think Kincade bridles are a piece of crap. I have the Horze Zparkle bridle and love it! Limetex makes great bridles if you can find them. They are made by Collegiate.

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