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CharliGirl 04-05-2011 06:43 PM

Bridle Name Plates
I was looking through Dover's new catalog today, and noticed that they sell bridle name plates. I've seen these brass name plates on halters and saddles, but never on a bridle. Where would you attach these on a bridle?

Just curious. :-)

DubyaS6 04-05-2011 06:47 PM

I think it would be along the cheek piece? Just like you would on a halter.

petitepyromaniac 04-06-2011 11:11 AM

I thought it would be over the poll. At least, that's where I think it would look the nicest. But they make the name plates straight, not curved, so I don't know either...

Good question ;)

DubyaS6 04-06-2011 11:48 AM

Actually after reading up about this a little (thanks to Google) it seems like the common place to put the name plate is on the crown (at the poll) of the bridle although some people do put them on the cheek pieces as well :)

crimsonsky 04-06-2011 12:05 PM

i've always seen them attached at the crown. the metal will bend along with the curve of the leather so it sits nicely on the horse.

that being said - i don't have any on my bridles because someone george morris (i'm 99% sure it was him) said once about them being gaudy and distracting. hahaha - i tend to agree.

petitepyromaniac 04-06-2011 12:09 PM

Personally, I think they're pretty. They're especially pretty when your tack is the only tack not stolen because it has your name stuck on it (this has happened to me).

Also, I think George Morris is too conservative. It's boring.

DubyaS6 04-06-2011 12:20 PM

Well, I would think it would be a little tacky if it was just blinging out of control on the cheek piece or something similar, but I can see how having the name plate on the crown of a bridle would be beneficial in a bigger barn where there are bridles everywhere. It's for identification and if its on the crown, you wouldn't really be able to see it very well while it's on the horse...

If they are placed on the cheek piece, most people place them so that the extra leather that you put in the keeper covers it so that it doesn't look distracting.

crimsonsky 04-06-2011 02:00 PM

for the life of me i can't seem to google find an image for a horse wearing a bridle with a name plate on the crown. if the horse is braided and showing you can see the plate for sure. i've seen them at shows and while i do think it looks nice, when the sun hits them you can be nicely blinded by the "flash". lol.

of course - having your name/your horses name on your tack at a larger boarding facility makes tons of sense. in that case - what would you put on the name plate? the horse's name and your name? your name only? what?

petitepyromaniac 04-06-2011 04:34 PM


Originally Posted by crimsonsky (Post 988627)
having your name/your horses name on your tack at a larger boarding facility makes tons of sense. in that case - what would you put on the name plate? the horse's name and your name? your name only? what?

I think it's up to you what you put. For my saddle and bridle, I put my name, and my name only. Besides, if I use that tack on a different horse, or sell my horse, etc. it just makes sense to have my name on it, not the horse's. But I had a halter with my horse's name on the name plate. That made more sense to me, because that was the only horse I used that halter on, and it just made it more fun. So I think it's whatever works for you.

crimsonsky 04-06-2011 06:43 PM

yeah i have custom halters with name plates for my horses (their registered name, barn name and "love by" with my name) and i have a saddle plate for my saddle with just my name on it but i've never had a bridle plate. probably doesn't help seeing as i'm a bit of a tack hoarder and would end up with a bazillion bridles with name plates. hahaha ;)

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