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KL Select - Red Barn
Spirit Padded Raised Fancy Stitch Hunter Bridle
English Bridles

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Manufacturer: KL Select - Red Barn (View all products by KL Select)

Model: Spirit Padded Raised Fancy Stitch Hunter Bridle (View all Spirit Padded Raised Fancy Stitch Hunter Bridle reviews)

Category: English Bridles

Purchase: I have always known that KL Select bridles were high-end, gorgeous but very expensive. I've never had an expensive, high-end show bridle, and really wanted a padded one, with a slightly wider noseband. 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 $79.

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 brown 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 raised browband and a slightly-wide raised noseband, with fancy stitching. The reins are also 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 cavesson is underneath it anyways.

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.

Rating: 5

Author: Fancy That

Date: 2011-03-11

Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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