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Jerry's Harness
Custom English Double Bridle
English Bridles

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Manufacturer: Jerry's Harness (View all products by Jerry's Harness)

Model: Custom English Double Bridle (View all Custom English Double Bridle reviews)

Category: English Bridles

Purchase: I have a wonderful Pinto Draft-cross which I have been competing in dressage with for several years. At the beginning of Cowboy's career it was painfully obvious that I was not going to be able to find an "off the rack" bridle for his face. I tried Standard Horse which was somewhat close to hysterically small, Oversize was overall in proportion but did not proved enough width in the caveson to go around his "oh-so-dainty" nose. I began the quest for something much more suitable. Please let me put an aside in here... Despite numerous untrue and unfounded rumors, not all of us who ride dressage have a money-tree in our backyard. I was shocked by the cost of some of the brand-name bridles, ranging from $200 to $600. Yes, there are actually dressage bridles that think they are worth more than my first car. I staggered out of the tack shop and after several calming glasses of wine, decided to discuss my bridle dilemma with some of my horse cronies. My friend and trainer suggested that I try going online to search out having a custom bridle made for Cowboy. My heart palpitations became more pronounced, if a bridle in a tack shop could cost $600, just how much would a custom bridle cost? I refuse to take out a bank loan! The only way I would conceive of paying that much money for a bridle would be that the manufacture guarantee that I would get 70% on all my dressage tests.

Likes: I was astounded when I found Jerry's Harness site which not only offered custom made bridles but for far less money than that expensive brand. Yet I remained skeptical until I saw one of Jerry's bridles at a horse fair. I genuinely liked the quality leather. I was convinced that I needed to pry open my wallet and purchase Cowboy a decent bridle instead of making him wear the one that was pieced together out of spare parts. His stall-mates were beginning to laugh behind his back at him. The web site is surprisingly easy to navigate and the only difficulty I had was trying to decide what options suited Cowboy the best. I emailed questions and the replies came back rapid fire, not leaving me to wait and wonder like other suppliers had. I filled out the forms selecting the size/color for every possible strap down to the color/type of buckle on the bridle and sent off the forms with my tear-stained check.

Dislikes: Did I mention that I hate waiting? I started looking for delivery of the bridle the day after I mailed the check. Just as I was sure I could wait no longer and felt as if I would burst at the seams the bridle arrived within the time frame promised. Did I mention I hate waiting?

Quality: What a beautiful, glorious bridle it was. For $230 the quality of leather could not be faulted in any way. Attention to detail was better than expected, the stitching was perfect, even the brass clips on the leather keepers that matched my brass buckles were gorgeous. After I took the work of art off my wall and slipped it on Cowboy it fit wonderfully, just like it was made for him.

Summary: Here it is 2 years after I purchased this wonderful bridle and I am still as satisfied as the day I received it. The leather has held up well with minimal care even though we ride in all types of weather here in Oregon. Rain, shine, Rain and more Rain. Cowboy has now been unfortunately removed from competition due to a joint problem and my newly acquired draft-cross mare requires an even larger bridle. But I have nothing to fear for Jerry's is here.

Rating: 5

Author: Melissa King, Dressage Queen

Date: 2006-04-19

Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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