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post #1 of 16 Old 10-22-2013, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Royal King Braided Rawhide Tassel Knot Headstall

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I just bought this for my chestnut gelding. The website I got it from had no reviews on it. But I've asked some people and have gotten really good feedback on this item. What do you think? Let me know thanks.
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post #2 of 16 Old 10-22-2013, 10:51 PM
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looks nice, if you look after it it will probably last.
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post #3 of 16 Old 10-22-2013, 11:13 PM
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I was going to buy one and was advised to pass, save a little more and buy a better one, so that's what I did.
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post #4 of 16 Old 10-23-2013, 07:07 AM Thread Starter
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I was going to buy one and was advised to pass, save a little more and buy a better one, so that's what I did.
Why were you advised to pass? Everyone I've talked to love this bridle and reins. I just bought it so we'll have to see how good it really is.
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post #5 of 16 Old 10-23-2013, 11:57 AM
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I went with this discussion Royal King Headstalls. and a similar one elsewhere.

I will admit that I have become a lot more fussy about my tack over the last few years, at one time I would have probably been happy with the Royal King, but having been lucky enough to buy some quality pieces at reduced prices, I now prefer to save my pennies and buy something a little better.

I'm sure it will look great and work really well for you, you us just paying for a different feel.
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post #6 of 16 Old 10-26-2013, 07:21 AM
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I have the exact same one. It's fine.
That said the problem with some of the more established Indian leather companies is inconsistent quality. You can get one that's great or you can get one that dries out and cracks in a year or two even taking care of it.

I haven't used it yet. I bought it, put it in my bottom desk drawer and kind of forgot about it. Oiled it yesterday and the leather is still soft. One of the chicago screws wants to cross thread each time but that isn't a problem because I intend to switch it to ties when I can find some. The reins could be a little longer but my horse is built long and tall.

My only real complaint was when I was buying it I asked the seller if it was painted that color or if that was the natural leather color and I was told it was natural. It's painted. Not a big deal because I just trail ride but eventually the paint starts to wear and you start seeing the now oil darkened leather through the cracked paint. That said I do have some very similar royal king bridles that are 15+ yrs old and still sound and serviceable. (I am however a leather oiling fool. ) I do remember having just a couple others that were toast after a couple years use.
For the cost I'm absolutely fine with them.
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It won't take long for the bridle to look like it's been thro a war. Once the painted finish comes off the leather is greyish underneath and it shows. The screws are garbage. If you can't find ties, the screws at the tack store are cheap and of much better quality. I do a lot of saddle repair so I've seen a lot of the Asian tack and it's not worth buying. Never use any oil on rawhide. Even if it makes it through the ordeal,it will eventually tend to rot. It is not leather. The cellular structure has not been changed through a chemical cooking or pickling process. It is not "tanned" and can't take the oil. If the rawhide gets wet, let it dry naturally after wiping it with a soft cloth.

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post #8 of 16 Old 10-26-2013, 11:55 AM
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I eventually got my new headstall



So glad I waited, the feel of the leather in this one is just sooooo different from a cheapie headstall, just love it, and I have added my own tassels!
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I have the exact same one. It's fine.
That said the problem with some of the more established Indian leather companies is inconsistent quality. You can get one that's great or you can get one that dries out and cracks in a year or two even taking care of it.

I haven't used it yet. I bought it, put it in my bottom desk drawer and kind of forgot about it. Oiled it yesterday and the leather is still soft. One of the chicago screws wants to cross thread each time but that isn't a problem because I intend to switch it to ties when I can find some. The reins could be a little longer but my horse is built long and tall.

My only real complaint was when I was buying it I asked the seller if it was painted that color or if that was the natural leather color and I was told it was natural. It's painted. Not a big deal because I just trail ride but eventually the paint starts to wear and you start seeing the now oil darkened leather through the cracked paint. That said I do have some very similar royal king bridles that are 15+ yrs old and still sound and serviceable. (I am however a leather oiling fool. ) I do remember having just a couple others that were toast after a couple years use.
For the cost I'm absolutely fine with them.

I used this for the first time Friday and so far im very happy with it the bridle looks amazing on my gelding i'll have to post a picture! (:
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post #10 of 16 Old 10-27-2013, 09:42 AM
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They are pretty. I like a touch of rawhide better than all the silver and glitter googaws on so many bridles.

Since mine was under $20 including shipping I might play a little with it. I think I might see if I can get some neon purple hair dye and do the tassels. I think my hand is steady enough where I can keep it off the leather and rawhide. Got really nothing to loose and the squirrels in the woods don't care what color my bridle is.
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