Harwich Padded Fancy Stitch Bridle by SmartPak
Took some adjustment
Thsi bridle is gorgeous right out of the box. The leather is dark and supple and only required one oiling. I did have some trouble putting it together with the cavesson strap going over the crownpiece as opposed to under it. I had to look at the picture in the catalog to see what to do. The holes the cavesson strap are a little small and it took a good bit of poking, picking and wiggling to get the end of the strap through the hole. You'll want to make sure the cavesson is even on both sides BEFORE you put it on your horse as it is not easy to adjust. I'm concerned that as the leather softens with wear, it may become more difficult to poke that bit of leather through the holes in the crownpiece. Overall, it looks great on my big Appendix and broke in right away.
June 18, 2013
I was very impressed with the quality of this bridle for the cost. It was equally soft right out of the package as a more expensive bridle I own. Can't wait to see how it feels after a few coats of oil.
June 18, 2013
I just finished putting the bridle together which because of the holes for the nose band was very difficult and required the first hole to be stretched and a pair of needle nose pliers. I didn't understand what was so helpful about the crown or really what was so different until I had the bridle in my hands. IT is a normal bridle but with two holes punched in the crown for the nose bands little strap to run over the top instead of under. Not impressed and do not feel it was really worth doing or having. Note I have not tried it on my horse yet but it doesn't really seem worth it. Also because of this nice little adjustment you also cannot have it laser engraved which I found somewhat upsetting. There is plenty of room for it. All in all the quality is amazing and looks like a bridle costing several hundred more. I love the look in spite of the silly little holes that prompted me to purchase it in the first place. Like most owners I will do anything to make my horse more comfortable. This feels like a gimmick.
June 6, 2013
I bought this bridle to use on my lease horse - the leather is already very supple with only two applications of Lexol conditioner. The throatlatch seems very long but the rest of the bridle seems to fit pretty normally. Well worth the money, everyone at my barn loves it!
May 30, 2013
I am obsessed with this bridle!!! The leather is of great quality and the crown piece is so convenient. This bridle looks fancy and very expensive despite its reasonable price. The color is a beautiful brown with very soft padding, I have been very happy with this bridle!
May 22, 2013
I bought this bridle for my Thoroughbred after I noticed one of the other girls at my barn had it. I had my eye on it before seeing it in person, but once I felt it and saw it on a horse I had to have it. I was a little concerned with the color tho, because it came a lighter brown, but after a few oilings it darkened right up and looks great on my boy! It's also really supple right out of the box and gets even better with some oil/ conditioner. This is an awesome bridle for the price!
May 21, 2013