Manufacturer: Dover (View all products by Dover Saddlery)
Model: Crown Padded Stitched Bridle (View all Crown Padded Stitched Bridle reviews)
Category: English Bridles
Purchase: I needed a nice everyday schooling bridle. I purchased the bridle from Dover and I got it on sale. It was roughly 99 dollars.
Likes: I liked the padding on the bridle. It broke in nicely. It's sturdy but not ugly. The price was acceptable for the quality of the bridle.
Dislikes: The color, is kind of funky. It's almost painted on, but it has never rubbed off and it did darken with oiling. The keepers are tight and its hard to get the throatlatch and noseband end in...I struggle with that. I hate flappy ends!
Quality: The construction is good and secure. The stitching is all tight and even. The leather is sturdy, but breaks in nice and soft. The browband on the full horse size is small. I have a 16.1 hand mare and it's a bit tight. She doesn't have a huge head, but it pulls a bit. It doesn't rub, or pinch, but it isn't as big as my other full size bridles. I have had this bridle for a year and it gets used daily. It's held up and looks ok for schooling, and the small local shows.
Summary: I'd buy this bridle again for a schooling bridle. It's sturdy and secure. I never worry that parts are going to fall off. It's taken a beating and still cleans up well. All the buckles are stitched securely still. For the price you can't beat it.
Author: Trish Y.
Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
1 reader(s) voted.
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