Manufacturer: Aramas (View all products by Aramas)
Model: Raised Fancy Stitched (View all Raised Fancy Stitched reviews)
Category: English Bridles
Purchase: I needed a cob sized bridle for my new TB hunter, so I purchased this bridle at an A-circuit horse show tack store. The salesman told me this was an Edgewood knock-off. I paid $140 for the bridle and $110 for the raised laced reins.
Likes: The salesman dipped the bridle and reins in oil, darkening it to a rich chocolate color. Very soft and instantly broken in feeling. Looks like an Edgewood bridle.
Dislikes: Where the noseband attaches to the cheek piece the leather is a bit to soft, which gives the underside of the noseband a tendency to sag. Also, the noseband has stretched significantly. The keepers are very tight, requiring some sort of prying to adjust the cheek pieces.
Quality: The stitching looks very nice but it is not that durable. Stitching on the raised rein just before the end that attached to the bit has started to unravel (purely cosmetic). Also, the cheek piece of the nose band pulled out on the left side and was difficult to repair without being noticed. The leather is soft and supple, cleans up very nicely.
Summary: This bridle is a bit overpriced. I expecting something that would could I could use (lovingly) everyday but in reality it is better suited as a show only bridle. For being only 2 years old, I don't think this bridle has held up well at all. Very pretty to look at, but I would not buy this bridle again.
Usefulness Rating: 2.88889 out of 5.
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