Bridle Shopping

It’s tough with a baby horse to put money into things they may outgrow or not need anymore. Well, let me re-phrase that. It is hard for ME to put money into things June may outgrow or no longer need. She’s wearing Georgie’s Kool Coat this weekend at the show despite it being way too large. I’m waiting for her to fill out and get some muscle before  making a dressage saddle purchase and I’ve been piecing together tack for her to wear in our day-to-day rides. While I solidly believe fit is important, that’s about where my investment has ended in her tack.

I don’t currently have a show worthy brown bridle for her, so when prepping for the FEH class I asked Sarah if she had one I could borrow. And lucky me, she did! A really pretty Schockemole bridle that she got in Ireland. It was a cob size, but I feel like June’s horse size bridle is a bit on the large size, so wasn’t too worried about fit. Well, it wasn’t until I tried to fasten the noseband that I realized this bridle was not going to work. Pretty much everything fit except the noseband. It wasn’t close to being large enough.

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Luckily, Sarah had another bridle I could try. Only problem? It’s navy. (Yes she has a navy bridle. I didn’t even know such a thing existed.) And while I will be riding with my navy saddle pad, I was REALLY hoping to have June wear a brown bridle with her brand new, beautiful, Dark Jewel Designs browband. Amelia from DJD was even kind enough to get it to me in time for the competition! But adding a brown browband to a navy bridle just isn’t gong to work. I decided a nice, clean, not put together mishappenly bridle is the priority. So, because I really, really, want to show off her new blingy browbands, and have a show worthy bridle, I’m looking to you blogosphere! Help me find a bridle! Here is my must have list:

-dark brown

-jumper bridle

-up to $200

Yes, that is my list. But I really, really need to stick to that budget because I still have a lot of things I am trying to pay off, like Stella’s surgery…. So those beautiful Vespucci bridles are not going to be considered. I’d be up for a used bridle if you have a nice one, but it would have to be in show worthy condition.

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A Schockemohle contender…

Let me know what you love, what to avoid and help me get June looking her best!

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12 thoughts on “Bridle Shopping

  1. Emily says:

    sooooo I’ve been eyeing this one, but I think the throat latch would be too short for May. Might be great for June tho!
    https://www.smartpakequine.com/pt/kavalkade-ergonomic-ivy-bridle-16386

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  2. Ah I wish I had something but I do not unfortunately. The Kavalkade bridles do look pretty nice, and they’re at an affordable price tag. You could always snatch a Lund bridle up! Unless the noseband would be too small, but they have the measurements up there so you could measure her face to see if it’d fit. Like Michele suggested the Eponia bridles are nice too. I hope you can find something!

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  3. KC Scott says:

    I’m a huge Lund fan, but have heard good things about Eponia!

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  4. Holly says:

    I’m dying for a Lund bridle but uh… $$$.

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  5. L. Williams says:

    I bought a closeout Beval LTD2 that I love. They also have some other very nice bridles. That being said I school and sometimes show in my SmartPak $45 bridle and no one is none the wiser. lol

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  6. Tracy says:

    I’ve gotten some GREAT finds on the used tack Facebook groups. Like Niko’s show bridle is a $500+ Antares bridle I got on Facebook for $200. Might be worth a look or an ISO post.

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  7. […] in like August, I posted about needing a new bridle for June, as Georgie’s didn’t fit her very well. Turns out June has a horse head needing […]

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