Manufacturer: Dover (View all products by Dover Saddlery)
Model: Crown Flash Noseband Dressage Bridle (View all Crown Flash Noseband Dressage Bridle reviews)
Category: English Bridles
Purchase: I purchased this bridle through a used tack classified web site for $25 plus shipping. They normally retail for $100 plus tax and shipping in the Dover Saddlery catalog. I needed a cob sized dressage bridle for my Arabian and didn't have the big bucks at the time to get an expensive better quality bridle for schooling/showing.
Likes: I loved the price. The previous owner took good care of it and conditioned it regularly. It is sized accordingly and is a TRUE cob size fit for Arabians/Large Ponies. I know German bridles are sized differently. It came with matching leather/webbed cotton dressage reins, which was nice. I like that it has a padded caveson and brow.
Dislikes: I would've liked the crown head piece to be padded as well, but for the price, I can't be choosy. It has a weird cheapy smell to it and compared to my Kieffer bridle I have for my other horse, this one seems to "smell up" my tack room. I can't see where it's made, but I have a feeling it may be made in India 8P
Quality: The person who took care of it did a superb job and the leather is soft and supple. If the bridle was supposed to be black, the dye has worn off and the bridle looks like a dark dark brown up close. It has a padded brow and caveson with flash. The leather smell is bearable, but it doesn't smell like quality leather. It really lets itself be known in the tack room LOL. These bridles are true to size and come in C/S (Cob), F/S (Full/Horse), and O/S (Oversize/Warmblood). This bridle has stainless steel buckles.
Summary: I purchased this bridle because of it's price and because I desperately needed one to carry me through until I could save up enough money for a quality bridle. It will remain a schooling spare. If you can buy this bridle for a cheap price used, I'd recommend it. Otherwise, I wouldn't pay full price for a bridle of this quality.
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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