Manufacturer: Suffolk (View all products by Dover Saddlery)
Model: Dressage Bridle (View all Suffolk Dressage Bridle reviews)
Category: English Bridles
Purchase: I got this bridle about 8 years ago. I ordered it from Dover Saddlery for about $40.00. These bridles are still available from Dover. They now cost $47 and they come with web reins. They are available in black with white padding or plain black, in cob and full sizes. Mine is cob size, black with white padding.
Likes: This bridle is a great bargain! It is one of the lowest priced dressage bridles available, but the quality is good and it looks very nice. Unless you are really close up it looks as good as the much more expensive brand name bridles. I have gotten many years of use out of this bridle. My cob size has fit a variety of horses, I used it on my old 15.3 hand paint, my 15.2 Morgan, and now use it on my 14.1 hand pony. This bridle looks good enough to show in and is also a good schooling bridle because you don't need to worry so much about it getting beat up as you would a fancier bridle.
Dislikes: It is only available in a flash noseband style. I seldom use a flash, but when you take it off you are left with a funny empty loop on your otherwise lovely noseband. I would prefer if this bridle came with leather reins instead of web, but I guess bargain hunters can't be choosers!
Quality: The leather is a little bit stiffer, the edges less finished, and the stitching not as fine as on a high quality bridle, but I think the quality is extremely good for the price. You can't tell any of this from a short distance, and it is much nicer than other bridles with similar prices that I have seen. This bridle has held up extremely well. I have been using it for about 8 years now and still use it almost every day. I figure I have spend only $5 a year to use this bridle! That is hard to beat.
Summary: This bridle is excellent quality for the price. If you want a bargain on a dressage bridle get one! It is a good schooling bridle but also pretty enough for shows. The judge, DQ snobs, and railbirds will never know you didn't spend $300+ on your bridle! Because I like this bridle so much I have requested a Suffolk hunt style bridle for the holidays. I am also planning on getting a new Suffolk dressage bridle in the spring for shows because after many years of use my current one has some cosmetic damage where my pony chose to chew on it.
Usefulness Rating: 2.75 out of 5.
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