Manufacturer: Kincade (View all products by Kincade)
Model: Plain Raised Bridle (View all Plain Raised Bridle reviews)
Category: English Bridles
Purchase: I bought this off of Horse.com, when I was looking for my first bridle. I paid around $40 for it, and planned on using it for everyday use.
Likes: The color was and is nice, and does not rub off or scratch off like other cheap bridles in this price range. The fit was okay, and after oiling, the reins became pretty soft and flexible. The laces on the reins were nice and tight, and not loose.
Dislikes: The leather they used shouldn't even be qualified as leather. This bridle was extremely stiff from day one. I have had this for almost a year, and I am surprised it has lasted this long. The leather never softened, even after use and regular oiling. The only thing that did soften to any degree was the reins. The noseband is stiff and all the buckles were hard to do/undo. The browband never sat quite right, and seemed to press against my paint's forehead. Just the other day, the throatlatch just tore off. And it is the kind that is attached, so now I am forced to buy a new bridle, as I have a show coming up, and very little money to buy a bridle with. The leather is cheap and cracks. I didn't like that it came unassembled, and so stiff it took me an hour to put together, even after being cleaned, conditioned, and oiled.
Quality: Leather is hard and brittle. Cracks a lot and never softens. Browband and noseband pinch horses face becaUse of stiffness. The reins are pretty nice, but the buckle in the center is on thinner leather, so more likely to break. Buckles are pretty good quality, and the color is pretty decent. Would be nice if it was made of better leather.
Summary: Would not buy this again. I wish I had just spent the money and bought a decent bridle in the first place. Now considering a Plymouth, exselle, tekna, or Camelot, as all are in my general price range. Not a very flashy bridle, but then again, $40 bridles never really are. Good if you are on a really tight budget, or need a really cheep back up bridle, or for infrequent use.
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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