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Beval Saddlery
Gladstone Figure-8
English Bridles

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Manufacturer: Beval Saddlery (View all products by Beval Saddlery)

Model: Gladstone Figure-8 (View all Gladstone Figure-8 reviews)

Category: English Bridles

Purchase: I bought this bridle from the Beval store in New Canaan, CT, three years ago. I purchased it for my 16.3 Thoroughbred, and it was almost 200 dollars with reins. It is a horse size.

Likes: The leather is good-quality, and supple; in three years it has been in the mud, rain, sleet, extreme cold and heat, and it has just broken in more. It is very adjustable - with a few extra holes it has fit a 15.2 hand Morgan, a 16.3 hand Thoroughbred, and a 17 hand Warmblood. The nose-padding on the figure-8 is very good sheepskin, and the stitching is still like new.

Dislikes: After so much rough use, the straps that the buckles attatch to have aquired deep marks, but the strength of the leather doesn't seem comprimised.

Quality: It is made of dark havana leather with off-white stitching, and the quality is excelent. The buckles are stainless steel and have held up very well.

Summary: I would recommend this bridle to anyone who needs a bridle pretty enough to show in, but tough enough to withstand strenuous conditions. The price, although steep, is well-worth it.

Rating: 5

Author: Cat Ferguson

Date: 2004-03-31

Usefulness Rating: 3.27273 out of 5.
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