Bridles, Bridles, Bridles...
So I got my Dover catalog the other day, and I was looking through it and noticed that they have AMAZING deals on bridles. I have a bridle, and I like it, but it's not padded and a little beat up. My Birthday is coming up, so I thought that I would put these on the forum to see if any of them are actually good bridles.
1. Suffolk Fancy Snaffle Bridle
List Price- $59.95
Sale For- $29.90
2. Suffolk Plain Snaffle Bridle
List Price- $54.95
Sale For- $29.90
3. Suffolk Premier Fancy-Stitched Bridle
List Price- $89.95
Sale For- $39.90
Has anyone heard any good things about these bridles? Do you think it would be worth it to buy another bridle when I already have a functional one?
I bought this one:
Dover Saddlery | Suffolk Dressage Bridle .
The quality was poor. It was stiff, smelly, and a bit cracked when I took it out of the package. I bought the black and white dressage bridle by Suffolk, and you could tell the white was painted on--already flaking off a bit when I unwrapped it. I ended up returning it, and buying this bridle:
Dover Saddlery | Horseware Amigo Event Bridle .
I absolutely love this one! It is soft, supple and of excellent quality. The buckles are easy to function and adjust. It has beautiful craftsmanship. This bridle cost more than I had hoped on spending, but it is well worth it.
...and you can never have too many bridles...one for every occasion! :D
Suffolk bridles are hit or miss in my opinion. I have seen some that look fair, but require a lot of oil. Others are VERY stiff. They make fine schooling bridles, but I would most likely not compete in them though.
I've looked at Suffolk when I was in Dover in person looking for the bridle. They are indian-made, stiff, and not smooth on touch (you can tell the leather is junk).
Angel, you are in MD, right? I'd suggest to go to Dover in person (there are 2 in area) - sometime they have amazing in-store close-outs on bridles, or go to Gayers Saddlery. While the Gayers hm-hm is a funny place to deal with they have very nice deals as well. I got my european-made dressage bridle there for I believe $70, brand new, nice leather, and even my instructor commented on how nice it is.
My hubby has just made this one today, it is soo plain for us lol:lol: Here is the link for you to look at xx
Handmade English Leather Bridle with stainless steel on eBay (end time 19-Aug-10 20:15:05 BST)
Sulfolks are imported from India. Not good quality. IMO, they are priced right at $30-40. I wouldn't pay more than that for one.
I have this bridle and use it for schooling .. it took a little to get it broken in but after a few good oils and using it- i like it. It isn't the BEST bridle but is good for at home...
Dover Saddlery | Collegiate Fancy Raised Bridle .
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