Manufacturer: M. Toulouse (View all products by Marcel Toulouse)
Model: Padjette Bridle (View all Padjette Bridle reviews)
Category: English Bridles
Purchase: I bought this bridle online from Classic Saddlery. I was looking for a good quality bridle for the upcoming show season, and I found Classic Saddlery to have the best price on this particular bridle, compared to other online stores. I bought my bridle in horse size, Newmarket colour.
Likes: The bridle looks like most other high end show hunter bridles out there. Padded browband, noseband and crown; fancy stitching on the brow, noseband, and reins; and the reins themselves are lined with soft calfskin so they immediately feel broken in and they are very easy on your hands.
Dislikes: There is ALOT I don't like about this bridle, especially considering M Toulouse is usually known for good quality. Please read the section on the bridles construction to see the problems I've had.
Quality: The stitching on the bridle itself is beautifully even, however on the reins it is not. The reins also have white stitching while the rest of the bridle has brown. Some parts of the bridle appear to be made of nice tanned leather, but some parts are painted leather! The reins, throatlatch, and hanger of the noseband are painted and do not accept oil where the rest of the bridle does, so after the first cleaning and oiling you have a bridle that is made of many different colors and it no longer looks show worthy. also, there is suppose to be protective leather slips on the bit ends of the reins and cheeks, however it is so thick that it does not bend and fit with the rest of the bridle, and one of the cheek pieces had no protective slip at all.
Summary: Bottom Line: I am thoroughly disappointed. I thought for a bridle of this brand name and price, i would at least be getting my moneys worth. as i said before, the bridle LOOKS nice at first, but on closer inspection, it is definitely not worth the price. I'm really hoping i just happened to get a "lemon" though, because I have never seen another of this bridle in person to compare it to. Just be careful if you order it online and cant see it first
Author: rhinestone cowgirl
Usefulness Rating: 2.28571 out of 5.
7 reader(s) voted.
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