Manufacturer: Hilsaon (View all products by Hilason Saddlery)
Model: Bit Free Leather English Bridle (View all Bit Free Leather English Bridle reviews)
Category: English Bridles
Purchase: I bought this bridle from Ebay for 69.00 plus shipping (I think around 10.)
Likes: The leather is decent, I've seen better and worse I'd day it's middle of the road. The construction is very nicely done well sewn, nice hardware. The bridle is very substantial and not cheap and thin like some I've seen. I bought the black English version and I'm happy with it. THE best thing is that My flighty green broke 11 year old Arab mare goes very well in it. she hates the bit and was always evading with her head in the air. I tried a "tie down" western style and that got me a black eye taking off the bridle. It takes a moment for the horse to understand a different set of commands/signals than they are used to (because the bridal works a little differently). Since i didn't buy the "name brand" Dr. Cook I didn't see that you are supposed to ride in an arena first.... well i put it on her and we took off. She had not been ridden in over a month and after dancing around and rolling her wild eyes for a few minutes she calmed down and went to work. She is a VERY high strung horse that has had 11 owners in 11 years and many of them could not ride her because she was too spooky/high strung. so Yes I think this bridal really really helps her. She simply will not accept a bit. This is a more elegant solution than a western style hackamore IMO.
Dislikes: the only think that i didn't like is that the leather is a little thick for my small headed Arabian. it's like they made the buckles closer together to fit a smaller horse but didn't size down the actual parts of the bridle which IMO would have looked a little nicer for the cob/arab size anyway. also the leather could have been of a higher quality. Oh and the reigns were WAY too long for my 14.2hh Arab.
Quality: very very well constructed, well sewn, nice hardware of high quality,
Summary: Bottom line is that I would recommend this bridle to a friend. The price was reasonable for a leather bridle. It works like a dream IF you give your horse a chance to become accustomed to the different pressure points. I think they really NEED that time to understand what you want from them. Overall I'm satisfied. I would buy this bridal again and I'm thinking of getting a bigger one for my Dutch Warmblood so when amateurs ride him they are not hitting him in his mouth all the time :)
Author: Wild Acre famrs
Usefulness Rating: 2.625 out of 5.
8 reader(s) voted.
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