Harwich Plain Raised Bridle by SmartPak
Good Schooling Bridle
I bought this to use as an everyday schooling bridle and it is good for that purpose. The fit is good and the leather is good quality for this price point. Be aware that the "brown" color is just that, a dull ugly brown. I also think that the nose band is very thin. My guy does not have a big head, but it looks very skimpy on him. Overall, not beautiful, but a good serviceable bridle that has held up well for over a year now.
March 29, 2013
You get what you pay for...
... and this is a cheap bridle. This might be good for a pony. The cob size is a little smaller (shorter cheeks and smaller nose band) than other cob in other brands. This would work for an Arabian, but probably need to size up for a T-bred with a smaller head. I'd say the most irritating thing about the bridle is that the caveson buckle seems to catch hair and pinch, no matter how loose or tight it is, which makes this unsuitable for even schooling.
February 25, 2013
I bought this as my schooling bridle and I must say the quality is very good for the price. I really like the padded crown. It does run large and the color is darker than the picture . I have oiled it a few times and it's breaking in very well. It seems like it will last a long time.
December 6, 2012
Fine quality leather and workmanship, really nice bridle.
August 4, 2012
As Lovely as Rumored; Runs Large
NOTE: the color is darker than pictured. Oiled, it becomes a dark havana, which is what I wanted. If you are expecting a chestnut color, you will be disappointed. But it's every bit as supple and nice as everyone has said; the bit keepers were even supple.
My thoroughbred was on the last hole for nearly everything on this bridle, though, so I had to return it for a cob size. Smartpak is so easy to work with in that regard, and the return shipping was free.
Smartpak gave me the measurements to compare, min. to max.:
Bit to bit: Cob 33.5" to 41.5", Full 37" to 46.5"
Noseband: Cob 21-27", Full 22 - 28"
Throatlatch: Cob 26-30", Full 26-31"
Browband: Cob 15.5", Full 16.5"
July 9, 2012
I just purchased this bridle for my OTTB. The quality is very good and the fit (Cob) was perfect for my thoroughbred. The price was also exceptional for the quality of the product.
March 30, 2012