Manufacturer: Stubben (View all products by Stubben)
Model: Snaffle Bridle (View all Snaffle Bridle reviews)
Category: English Bridles
Purchase: I purchased two of these at Rolex in 2006. The Stubben booth was closing out this particular model, but it doesn't seem to differ much from their latest models (really, how much can you change a bridle to make it a "new" model?). The price was right, at $75/each, including web reins.
Likes: These bridles are, like just about everything that Stubben makes, pretty nice. The leather quality and workmanship are, well, Stubben quality, which is pretty hard to beat. One of them is that reddish-brown color that Stubben seems to be fond of (I'm not really in love with that color), but it matches a Stubben saddle that I own, so it's OK, I guess.
Dislikes: Really there isn't a lot to dislike about these bridles. I haven't put a lot of wear on them, since they are "horse" size and don't fit any of my warmbloods, but they fit the TBs and Connemaras just fine. I just wish they hadn't been out of the "oversize" or "warmblood" sizes when I bought these. I don't think we'll see more at this price for a while!
Quality: Excellent workmanship and materials, just as you would expect from a top-quality manufacturer that has been in business in Germany forever. They aren't up to the quality of, for instance, a Schumacher, but then again they weren't $400 bridles either.
Summary: I wish I had purchased a whole bunch of these while the closeout sale was on. At that price they're almost as cheap as those "cardboard" bridles from India. I will check out that Stubben tent at Rolex again this year to see if they've come up with more like it!
Usefulness Rating: 2 out of 5.
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