Manufacturer: Passier (View all products by Passier)
Model: Gemini Bridle (View all Gemini Bridle reviews)
Category: English Bridles
Purchase: Purchased at Ricks Saddle Shop, New Jersey (heavy discounted) on sale on Black Friday. The bridle sells for $359 at Smartpak, $369 at Dovers. I bought it at a great price and I bought it to resell at a profit.
Likes: I have never been one for names and the Passier name did not impress. But the bridle is lovely and out of curiosity I did try it on my soon to be six year old Dutch WB. My horse has previously worn parts of his mom's Stubben Weymouth, a KL Select Fanfare and a Custom Rolled Bridle. I have probably bought & sold a dozen other bridles trying to find one that fits and flatters. My guy has a lovely head, refined and beautifully sculpted with pretty eyes. About as classic as you can get, not overly large but very definitely has that WB look. The Passier Gemini fits and flatters like no other. The nose band and the flash band are perfect and for the first time I did not have to punch extra holes (he wears a 5 1/4" bit, the nose/flash band are always an issue). The cheeks are also perfect and again, this is the first time no extra holes needed. The throat latch is designed to lay perfectly at his jowl, nice and loose giving him plenty of room to bend at the poll. The throat latch on most bridles always seem more of an afterthought than a clever design, but the throat on the Gemini actually flatters. And this bridle does not overpower. The design is as clean and classic as you can get with just the right amount of 'bling' on the browband. The front of the noseband is long enough to reach around his nose and straps lay exactly in line with the straps from the cheek pieces. I hate when the front of the noseband is just a bit too skimpy and from the side of the horse all you see is straps. Same with the browband, it is amply sized for a horse with a broad forehead. There is no binding and my horse can wear this bridle without extra padding on the crown because the crown lies where the crown should.
Dislikes: At first I thought the price was a bit high but after a few months of use I have come to appreciate this bridle more every time I use it. When I compare it to all the other tack I have owned over the years and I have had the time to see how it well it performs, I believe the price is quite fair.
Quality: After a few months of use the bridle still looks brand new (and I am not one for maintaining tack), all the keepers remain perfectly sized, nothing has come undone and nothing is out of place. The leather is lovely, not as soft as a fine English leather, but amazing quality that will keep its 'new look' for much longer than a very soft leather.
Summary: I can't complement this bridle enough for its fit and flattering appeal. Trust me, if you are fed up with ill fitting bridles that overpower and bind you will love this bridle.
Usefulness Rating: 2.6 out of 5.
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