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I use this bridle on my Irish Sports horse for ridden showing classes and find it always generates the perfect reaction from the judges, and always gives us a smart and professional appearance - we've placed first three times this season so we must be doing something right!
Rhinegold is a good quality brand for bridles and I also use their comfort flash bridle for home use, but with this one I enjoy the aspect of professionalism it gives. It's made of carefully selected supple German leather, and is a comfort bridle and therefore is a lot more padded at the poll than regular bridles. It contains padding inside the noseband, headpiece and browband also and allows for a very comfortable fit on your horse. It allows for complete comfort and luxury on top of the extra control given to the rider. The horse will experience very little facial pressure.
I find it ideal for competition use mainly and it always has a beautiful shine to it when cleaned the day before. The stainless steel silver buckles also shine up beautifully and are easily slotted into place on first use of the bridle. The leather is always supple but strong.
I was very pleased that the bridle comes put together already and simply needs the bits attached. The free reins are also very much appreciated as it can be difficult to find ones which match the bridle in such close cosmetic terms as well as quality, as I learnt when attempting to purchase a spare pair!
It retails at around £65-£70 online and I think this is a fair price for such a quality product. It's a beautiful bridle from a fantastic brand and I wouldn't use another for showing.
I found when it arrived it was very supple and didn't need given time to 'take shape' properly without creasing as the majority of cheaper bridles on the market do. It's fairly sized and won't need that much adjusting to fit on a usual full sized bridle wearing horse. The reins are leather and are easily gripped, a perfect match to the bridle. I've enjoyed using it this showing season and would completely recommend it to anyone, but being a double bridle I wouldn't like to use it for everyday use.