View Full Version : What bridles do you have?
26th November 2009, 09:58 PM
As in what make and type?
Mum has offered to treat me and Uva for crimbo, and I was looking in the saddlery today, but there is such a huge choice! ive always gone for the one I thought was cheap and reasonable quality, but Mum wants to buy us something really nice!
I am tossing up between a traditional Sabre or a Jefferies show bridle, but I kinda like the ones that are padded across the poll area, but does it really make that much difference to the horses way of going??
What does everyone else have?
26th November 2009, 10:19 PM
Spud has a western bridle in some western brand, havent a clue what it was but it was ****** expensive :lol:
Spud has a Sabre show bridle [cringe, i talked to someone in my tackshop once who wanted advice on a bridle, i mentioned Spuds 'cheap sabre' bridle, tackshop owner nearly fell over with fright, i never realised how much it was :ashamed:!!!!]
I really like his show bridle, its lovely. His is the older type and is quite thick
He has a heritage [cheap] bridle which is a copy from the elevator bridle. Because he still has [and always will] have the scar and piece of his crest/poll missing, anything that sits in there causes him a lot of discomfort, so the heritage is quite a light bridle on him and the padded area seriously improved his ridden work and he was much more settled
Sabre is a good brand, so personally i'd lean to that as ive never had a lot of Jefferies leatherwork
26th November 2009, 10:35 PM
I'm another Sabre fan. When I bought Till she came with a Sabre bridle which her owner had had for years and it still looks fab. I also bought another for showing (without the flash attachment on the cavesson.)
I absolutely love mine and I think they look lovely on pretty delicate heads :)
26th November 2009, 11:30 PM
I loove jeffries bridles! We had them on all the show ponies at the yard!
Tarka the horse
27th November 2009, 07:18 AM
Lol....spanner in the works here.....I dont have one! I ride both of mine in halters!!
BUT when I was in England Tarka had a lovely Kieffer bridle :) It was a birthday pressie from my ex.
Also love synthetic ones too...not the thorowgood ones or the nylon ones, but the Zilco endurance ones :)
27th November 2009, 11:49 AM
I love sabre leather but jeffries bridles always look nice too, i've got a jeffries grackle noseband which is probably really old but it still looks good. If i was buying a new bridle i'd go for sabre though.
27th November 2009, 01:38 PM
The saber ones are lovely Kizzie has a saber dortmund bridle, Ollies is a bit of a random mis mash of bridles, its not even all the same colour! Dennis' bridles were a local saddlery own make and are really nice quality
the albion bridles are lovely but quite pricey, like the look of those new patent ones by amergio i think makes them but they are like £200!!!
27th November 2009, 01:54 PM
I have Jefferies, Townfields, Fylde and Francis Kelly bridle work. All of which are very good , IMO the best is Francis Kelly(makes really top top quality stuff) but that is reflected in the higher price.
27th November 2009, 08:43 PM
Interesting to hear your views- thanks Lozy will check some of those out!
It sounds like Sabre is the one to have- I must admit I do really really like the sabre bridles! However I loved my jefferies when I had it (it didnt fit Uva so I sold it with the intentions of using the money to buy a new one, but she needed something else instead at the time :( )
27th November 2009, 09:34 PM
I ordered a wintec flash bridle from robinsons but when it arrived today they have given me a Kincade flash leather bridle with reins. I've tried it on Jinksy and it fits and i think it's saved me a bit of money too, so i'm not going to complain :)
It looks and feels quite decent (except for the rubber reins which i hate!), needs a bit of oiling and soaping but my auntie has knicked the saddle soap for the sofa lol.
27th November 2009, 10:28 PM
Day to day I just use cheapy bridles lol, I own so many!!
Kiwi has his posh Stubben competition bridle though, which was very expensive but is gorgeous. I love stubbens :)
29th November 2009, 11:34 AM
I bought a dirt cheap leather bridle as a 'starter' - it's a lot better than I was expecting!
I also have a webbing bridle - I'm going to use that for every day and keep the leather one.
Eventually I want to get a proper 'posh' bridle for him
2nd December 2009, 10:44 PM
I have two Barnsbys, one for work which is about 5 yeas old and one for smart. The leathe is so soft and i can clean my wok bridle up to looking almost new, its wearing eally well. I also have a Passier rolled leather double bridle, sometimes i take the sliphead off and use is as a normal bridle-i was given this one and they cost about £400! Dont like using it incase i ruin it but dont want to sell it either!
10th December 2009, 09:45 PM
If I remember rightly I have the same bridle as HH (I think!), but I can't for the life of me remember what it is!! I like Sabre bridles too
17th December 2009, 12:10 PM
I have a brown jeffires show hunter bridle on my hunter, looks really good for showing and cleans up really well!
17th December 2009, 02:48 PM
Dr Cooks bitless bridles for both of mine :)
17th December 2009, 07:48 PM
I have a sabre, it's at least 10 years old, used 4x a week and still good enough to show in. Well worth the money.
17th December 2009, 11:12 PM
I've had loads. At the minute I have a lovley made to measure bridle by one of the users on the NR forum. It's fantastic. Any bridles I've bought out the shops, have had to be mixed to get it to fit right as Chubbles is a mixture of pony, cob and full!
29th December 2009, 04:54 PM
I have 3 bridles :)
I have a cheapy loveson one i brought on a shopping trip last year, it has a diamonte look browband and silver lining on the nose band and browband, this one i use for my snaffle bit for dressage / schooling and hacking out in the summer. For anyone looking for a cheap bridle Loveson all the way cause they look smart and last for a long time, i got a friend who takes her mare x country in one, so that proves how sturdy they are :D
Bridle no.2 is a Heritage, this is for my dutch gag which i use for hacking out in the winter, and jumping. The leather on this bridle is lovely when i have cleaned it it looks brand new and it must be at least 5 years old because my mum used to have it for her old mare.
And finally my last bridle, is a Stubben bridle, which i brought about 2 weeks after buying harry, i use this one for my pelham which i use to hack out on my own in, and showing and occasionally schooling in when leading up to a show. The leather is lovely and supple and going strong.
I love buying new bridles for harry he has a big wardrobe hehe :) I have just put an order in for another one hehe :)
29th December 2009, 06:11 PM
Im buying one of those patent amerigo bridles when i have the money to, not buying it from derby house though my boss has an account with amerigo and loads of other places so i can get things at trade price!
you wouldnt belive the mark up on some products, its insane
My Crazy Clan
30th December 2009, 12:23 PM
Sisco has a winter bridle, which I've had for years, still looks new I love it.
Monty has a western bridle, not sure of the brand.
The others have cheap leather bridles.
To be honest I don't see the point in spending a fortune on a bridle when you can get nice looking, well lasting one at half the price.
30th December 2009, 05:31 PM
Bertie has a Sabre one, its a hunter style one although I swapped the noseband for a 2 inch wide one I got off ebay
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