Manufacturer: KL Select - Red Barn (View all products by KL Select)
Model: Icon Hunter Bridle (View all Icon Hunter Bridle reviews)
Category: English Bridles
Purchase: I had seen this bridle online and really liked it, but the $239 price tag was out of my limit at the time. I waited, and eventually found this one online on clearance for $89. I also bought the matching martingale, which was priced at $199 on clearance for $49.
Likes: Everything. The leather is amazingly soft and supple. I bought mine in Newmarket brown, which is normally an orangey colour with most brands, but with KL Select Red Barn line it is actually a beautiful rich light chestnut. Its a lovely colour. It has dark brwon padding on the noseband, browband, and crown (though it is a standard crownpiece not one the noseband goes over top of, so not sure how much the padding helps). It has a square raised browband and a wide square raised noseband, with fancy stitching. The reins are also square raised and fancy stitched. There is doubled leather on the bit ends of the reins and cheekpieces to help prevent wear, and the noseband has a roller buckle with leather backing. Overall, the bridle is simple and elegant. It is a classic style that wont go in and out of fashion with current trends.
Dislikes: Quality wise, there is nothing i dislike. However, if i could change a few things, Id make the padded crown a uni-crown, where the noseband goes overtop the crown piece. Im not too sure why they bother to pad the crown if the noseband is underneath it anyways. I would also have chosen a lighter colour padding, but that is just a personal preference. It looks nice with the dark brown padding it has but I would prefer if it was lighter then the bridle colour.
Quality: This is a high quality bridle. Ive seen comparable brands in tack stores for $400+. All the stitching is tight and even. The leather is some of the nicest bridle leather Ive seen. The padding is extremely soft, like calfskin.
Summary: I'm thrilled with this bridle. I cant believe i paid so little for it! I would have gladly paid the full 239 I just happened to luck out and find it on clearance.
Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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