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Harwich Padded Dressage Bridle by SmartPak

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As riders and online shoppers, we know it can be tough to buy a new bridle or pair of boots without trying them on. That's why we moved the fitting room to your living room (or barn)! From breeches to blankets, if you or your horse can try it on, you can return it, free! Just use the pre-paid return label included in your order within 60 days from the purchase date. And of course, please make sure the item is in like-new condition with original packaging (we said 'fitting room', not 'war room'!).

Harwich Bridles are crafted in durable imported leather that’s vegetable tanned.  With an innovative padded crown design that allows the caveson strap to pass over the crown to alleviate pressure on the sensitive poll area.  Superb craftsmanship is reflected in the fine details and stainless steel hardware.  An excellent value. Available exclusively at SmartPak.

Padded ½” browband and ¾” padded flash noseband. 5/8” cheek pieces with hook stud closure.  Roller buckles on caveson.  Complete with 5/8” rubberized web reins.

Black with Black Padding. Cob, Full or Oversize.

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    Harwich Padded Dressage Bridle by SmartPak is rated 4.6322 out of 5 by 87.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Bridle This is a great bridle for the money! I got the cob size first because my horse's head is in between sizes. The cob size was too small. I called Customer Service and they were able to give me the measurements I needed to get the right size. I should have called first. SmartPak's Customer Service is AMAZING!!!
    Date published: 2014-03-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful I really like this bridle. It fits my horse perfectly. The leather is great, the detailing is classy, love the padding. Totally would buy this again. It is quality for the price.
    Date published: 2014-03-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful bridle, great value I've been in the market for an inexpensive dressage bridle and this one did the trick. The leather was a bit stiffer than I expected when I first took the bridle out, but a quick saddle soap/conditioning and I was in good shape. After a few uses the leather has softened and molded to my horse. I have a fine-boned TB, other bridles he usually wears a cob, but he needed a full in this bridle. I love the wide nose-band and the black-on-black padding, he looks extremely handsome. The reins are very thin but I like the leather nodes - they help me keep my rein length steady and even.
    Date published: 2014-03-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bridle! I have had this product for around 2 years! The bridle is fantastic and fits true to size. The leather is soft right out of the bag. The only problem that I had was about 8 months in a keeper on the bit attaching piece came loose. The problem was resolved quickly by SmartPak's awesome customer care and I now use that bridle (with a little bit of electrical tape ;) ) and another of the same bridle for showing dressage. 
    Date published: 2013-10-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bridle! I recently bought this bridle because I needed a black bridle to match my new saddle but I was looking for something that didn't look TOO dressage-y, as I am an eventer and wanted to use it for all three phases. This bridle looks fantastic on 7 year old OTTB gelding and doesn't look too big on his face. The leather is soft and of good quality and he seems to be more comfortable in it than in my HDR that I used prior. The bridle is very adjustable and I was able to size it perfectly to his face. The reins are great too because they are webbed and rubberized so they have that no slip grip that comes in handy when doing cross country and were even comfortable enough for me to use without gloves. I have very small hands so I cannot ride with the big, bulky rubber reins that most eventers use, so these are perfect! Everyone keeps asking me where I got it and if it was expensive. I really love this bridle and would absolutely recommend it.I would have given it higher ratings but I have only had it for about three weeks so I can't speak for durability just yet.
    Date published: 2013-08-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth it This is by far the best bang for your buck. With the padded crown piece and soft leather, I would totally recommend it. If you are looking for a well priced dressage bridle go with this one.
    Date published: 2014-03-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Seemed OK to me, but my TB Hated It When I received this bridle I wasn't impressed, but I wasn't dissatisfied either -- it seemed like an OK bridle that would work just fine for schooling. Although, I do think the quality of the leather on my SmartPak Plymouth Elite is much better than the Harwich. I also like the reins that came with my Plymouth Elite much, much more than the reins that came with the Harwich. I did try to use it on my TB gelding a few times, but every time I did, he absolutely hated this bridle. He tossed his head around, started grinding on the bit, then began rearing -- which is completely out of character for him. I ended up returning the bridle, and at the suggestion of a friend bought a different bridle from another company. He does like the new bridle, but honestly, I wish I had just bought another Plymouth Elite! I gave this 4 out of 5 stars because I really do think its an OK bridle, it just didn't work out for my horse. Would I recommend this bridle to someone with a super sensitive horse? No. Would I recommend this bridle to someone with a less sensitive horse? Yes.
    Date published: 2014-03-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bought for Schooling used for Showing! I don't like to buy bridles without touching the leather and examining the quality first-hand so I was really pleased when I had a chance to view it at Kentucky Rolex this year. I purchased it for a schooling bridle and ended up adding a nice Nickel Clincher Broadband to it for showing. I have a Fjord with a course Horse sized head and this just looked fabulous on him. Agreed the noseband is a bit stiff at first but I imagine it will supple with use and conditioning. I also found the throatlatch ample which can be a concern for Fjords. I'd say it's an AWESOME deal for the price and a bridle I look forward to using daily.
    Date published: 2014-03-12
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