Is this good brand?
I had my trainer pick me up new tack at the congress that just passed in Ohio, she came back with new reins, bridle , bit and chin strap. The bridle and reins are schutzbrothers. Is this a good brand? They said they were really good at last a long time, but wont most tack? The bit I also got was a smooth sweet medal snaffle bit. Just want some feed back? I looked at the price they were like 70 and 50 bucks for bridle and reins.
I am in Ohio and the Schutz brand tack that I have from years past has always been very good. Good harness leather and craftsmanship, the split reins I have are weighted at the ends, and a very good job of it.
Don't know if they are Amish or not, but side by side with stuff Terry Myers had made to order by his Amish leather man, compared very well, nearly indistinguishable.
Also don't know what shortcuts might be taken in recent times. Have any pics?
I have harness that was made back in the 40's, I use that and it looks great today and we still use it on our draft mares.
I don't know about that brand in particular, but most of my tack is unmarked (no brand or maker) and/or handmade. Generally I inspect the leather and determine myself whether or not it is good quality.
Though brands are nice for having an idea of craftsmanship, there are always bad pieces in good brands and good pieces in lower-quality brands. Really it comes down to the individual piece. I have a used and somewhat worn English snaffle bridle that I got from a friend which some parts of it were very nice leather, where others were not so much. Strangely enough, it was all the original bridle, no interchanged parts.
What you want to look for of course is strong, soft leather that is supple and does not show tenancy to crack or split. Also keep a close eye on dark leather. I don't mean avoid it (I personally prefer very dark leather) but often dark dye can be used to make mistakes and imperfections less noticeable or even cover them up. When purchasing dark shades, take a close look beyond the obvious.
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