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Antares Hunter Bridle

Antares
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Antarès Sellier has successfully risen to be among the best saddle makers in France. Antares Sellier France specializes in custom made saddles and fine equipment for horses, backed by decades of experience and improvements.

Impeccably crafted, stylish hunter bridle suitable for the most discerning customers. Ultra soft and luxurious calfskin padding on the browband, noseband and along the contoured monocrown. Delicate off white fancy stitching on the browband and noseband. Stainless steel fittings. 1/2" cheeks, 3/4" browband, 1" noseband. Complete with a pair of  raised laced reins. Hook stud closures. 1 (Cob), 2 (Full) or 3 (O/S).

**Bridle shown oiled**

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    Antares Hunter Bridle is rated 4.7333 out of 5 by 15.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice bridle The leather is beautiful and supple. However I am having a similar problem to the review below. It wont darken! I am on the 4 th coat of hydrophane darkening oil and its a few shades darker but I fear it'll never match my saddle. There is unfortunately no shows that will have an antares rep near me anytime soon that i know of. Im scared to keep oiling it and Im scared to use it in case it wont darken after. Very disappointing.
    Date published: 2014-03-31
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Surprisingly, sadly, extremely disappointed! I don't think I've ever been more disappointed in a tack purchase in relation to the amount of money spent. I'm very familiar with Antares tack, as I have one of their custom saddles, their breastplate, girth and draw reins. I wanted the bridle of course to complete the set. Why not? I was leery of forking out the high price tag, especially since I already have perfectly lovely Edgewood, Exselle and Pariani bridles, but I'm a bit of a matchy matchy personality and a tack addict so after reading the reviews, I went for it. I REALLY wish I hadn't. What a disappointment. I guess the quality has changed in the past couple of years, as all but one of the reviews is from two years ago. The only good things I can say about this bridle are that the leather is indeed supple/soft and the stitching is beautiful. Now for the disappointing aspects: there is some kind of coating on the outside of the leather that keeps it from darkening properly. Hydrophane had little to no effect. I literally had to soak it (I know, bad idea) in order to slightly darken it, but it will never match my saddle. Ever. I've never had this experience with high quality tack before, the cheap stuff? Sure. But not the better brands. Next is the disappointing weight of the reins. They are really thin and light, the feel in hand is cheap. In addition, the martingale stops do not have the same coating as the rest of the bridle so they are already several shades darker than everything else. Next is the keeper on the noseband. It's sewn in place. If your horse has a small nose and you have to cinch the noseband on the last holes, the end of that strap is going to flap. Poor design in my opinion. And finally, where 'Antares' is stamped on the browband, whoever did it, didn't position it so that the entire word fits on the front side to be seen, so all that's visible is 'Antar' and half of the 'e', the 's' is on the end where the leather folds. All in all, just a sadly disappointing purchase for the money. If I hadn't gotten my name engraved on the crown, I would've returned it IMMEDIATELY. Smartpak did a BEAUTIFUL job on the engraving btw.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Bridle You Can Purchase! This is the nicest bridle you could ever buy! The leather melts in your hands its so soft! I can not say enough good things about the leather quality! Yes it is expensive, but it's worth the money & will hold up to everyday use! The padded monocrown really stands out and is super comfortable for the horse! The noseband width is just right, not super thin but not super wide! While the stiching is subtle, it is very elegegant, tight and even. I also love that SmartPak can stamp your name into the crown! The script comes out lovely & adds a nice personal touch! The only thing I could pick out as a negative is that the noseband keeper does not move, so you might have some hang over. To fix that I use a brown braider's rubber band. Also, get the bridle oiled to the color you want before you use it because the pores in the leather will close once it is exposed to sweat & rain. The best way to darken it is to bring it to an Antares rep (at a show) & they will dip it free of charge!
    Date published: 2014-02-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from USE this "Fine China" Everyday! Not only does this bridle rate with the outstanding quality and performance of my Antares Saddle, but it is the most beautiful bridle I've ever owned. My Edgewood is now second. The Antares is modern yet classic & chic in design. It simply looks great on all my horses and is durable enough to double as an everyday schooler (I know it's $$$) and still look like a gem at the rated shows. Buy the best, use the best, LOVE the BEST, LOOK the BEST!
    Date published: 2012-04-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful buy! I got this for Christmas for my 17.1hh Warmblood and it fits him great and look amazing! He looks striking and gets tons of complements on it! The leather is wonderfully made and so soft with just a couple times conditioning it! I feel this bridle will hold up for years and I would buy another one in a heart beat! Even for the price! So worth it!!
    Date published: 2013-12-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful bridle, the fit is strange I purchased this bridle in horse size, as my mare normally wears horse size bridles. This was a funny fit on her though. the crown piece and brow band fit perfectly, but the nose band and cheek pieces were too long. I can't say enough about the quality and craftsmanship of this bridle though. It is gorgeous, with calfskin padding, perfect stitching and extremely soft right out of the box. If you are looking for a high end show bridle, I highly recommend it. I think the well padded monocrown may overwhelm more refined heads, though.
    Date published: 2012-04-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! LOVE LOVE LOVE this bridle! The craftsmanship is beautiful, the leather is high quality and the stitching is perfect. I just cannot say enough good things about it! My horse loves it; the mono-crown can be a pain when it comes to cleaning and oiling the noseband but it’s such a nice bridle I am NOT complaining. It matches my other Antares pieces beautifully and gets compliments wherever I go!
    Date published: 2012-03-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from BACK AGAIN At first I was floored by the quality and craftsmanship of this bridle, then to my dismay the stitching in the reins started ripping :*( (tear face) so I called smartpak and THEY SENT ME A NEW ONE!! and this one is perfect I guess the first was just a dud! outstanding praise for outstanding customer service! Sure it was a pain to re oil it but I mean common ITS ANTARES!! don't settle for less!
    Date published: 2011-12-29
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