Manufacturer: Showmark (View all products by Dover Saddlery)
Model: Square Raised Bridle (View all Showmark Square Raised Bridle reviews)
Category: English Bridles
Purchase: I bought this bridle from Dover. I bought it 5 years ago somewhere in the neighborhood of 250-300. Currently listed at $270.
Likes: At first I did not like this bridle, however after 5 years I do like it. The color of the leather is very nice and it darkened beautifully. The leather is supple and holds oil well. None of the stitching has come loose.
Dislikes: I bought a horse size and it was HUGE. I have a 16h Selle Francais and I had to put the cheekpieces all the way up to the last hole and same with the noseband. She broke the crown piece when she stepped on her reins and reared- good thing it broke, could've been bad! I ordered a Cob size replacement crown and it seemed to fit a little better. I do not like how thin it is. In my first year of owning it I used some old cleaning products and the color became streaked on the underside of the leather. However, with time this disappeared so not a huge problem. The buckles also leave heavy creases.
Quality: The quality is good, not the best but certainly show quality. It holds oil well and is supple. The reins were very slippery at first but now are great.
Summary: It's a pretty good buy, if you want a thin bridle. Just be warned sizes may run large. This bridle is really going to last a long time, I just prefer a wider noseband and brow. A friend owned the fancy raised one that is built with wider nose and brow and I prefer it.
Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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