Manufacturer: Bobby's English Tack (View all products by Bobby's English Tack)
Model: Padded Snaffle Bridle with Padded Crown (View all Padded Snaffle Bridle with Padded Crown reviews)
Category: English Bridles
Purchase: I was looking for a padded crown dressage bridle and found the Bobby's #924 at Tackzone.com. I bought two, a black cob size for my mare and a brown horse size for my gelding. They were each $121.00 with reins and I got free freight. Tackzone.com changed out the reins for me to my favorite type for +10.00 each bridle which they explained is a manufacturer's fee.
Likes: BEAUTIFUL look and feel. Black is black and the brown is a warm, rich dark brown. Leather is soft and delicious with the perfect amount of gloss. The bridles came in pieces and putting them together was a joy with this leather. These bridles have padded 1" crown which I heard is new for 2011 models--but make sure if that's important to you. The horse size has 7/8" padded browband, and 1" padded noseband with flash, 1/2" cheek pieces and has buckle ends. The cob size has slightly narrower 3/4" browband and 7/8"noseband. I don't use a flash and took it off. My horses are half arab, half saddlebred and these measurements look perfect on their features.
Dislikes: Absolutely nothing.
Quality: The piece edges are rounded and finished. Square buckles with perfectly snug keepers. Leather is supple when brand new. Padding is soft and squishy on the crown, browband and noseband. The browband strap fits through a slot to cross over top of the crownpiece through a keeper and then through the slot on the other side. I hope you know what I mean? Only the padding touches the horse. The bit ends have the extra interior piece for wear. I bought extra pony cheekpieces for the cob bridle, and a full size browband because my mare's "araby" head is on the short side with wide forehead. Those changes make the cob size fit her beautifully. My gelding has a saddlebred type head and the horse size fits perfectly.
Summary: I'm thrilled to have found these bridles and with how beautiful they look and feel! I've had a Bobby's browband before and a pair of their reins. Plus, they have good reviews so I was confident to buy them. My former bridles were older Crosby and also yummy leather. Tackzone.com was wonderful to work with to get my order just right. They were responsive and have great prices.
Usefulness Rating: 2.42857 out of 5.
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