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Micklem Competition Bridle

Horseware Ireland
- Item #18335

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Why We Love This

The Bridle with an Ergonomic Design

The Micklem Competition Bridle by Horseware Ireland is designed to fit the horse's skull and prevent uncomfortable pressure points. This unique shape makes this bridle the most comfortable and effective ever designed. Available in both black and dark havana (brown). Approved for FEI competition.

Favorite Features

  • Ergonomic design to fit the shape of the horse's skull
  • 5/8" Eco-friendly with rubber reins
  • Stainless steel buckles
  • Padding on noseband, browband, and cheek pieces

Sizing It Up

Cob, Horse, Large Horse

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    Micklem Competition Bridle is rated 4.4118 out of 5 by 136.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Micklem Competition Bridle I purchased this bridle because my mare was always scratching her head after riding in a regular flash bridle. I have to say she loves it and no more frantic scratching when I take it off. The bridle is a very good quality and fits nicely. It took a couple of adjustments to get it right but definitely worth it. The leather is very good quality and not overly stiff. Was softened up by the third ride. Love it!
    Date published: 2014-04-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Qualityproducts I have only had this for a few weeks but my horse seems to like it. My teacher recommended it as she had some students who bought it and found that their horses mouths were a lot softer in it. She felt the design made sense and would be comfortable. My horse does seem to mouth the bit more with the Micklem. It is well made -quality leather. It has nice padding on the inside.
    Date published: 2014-04-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING results!! We bought this bridle for one of our mares who has a habit of flipping her head whenever anyone took up any contact with the reins. The first time we tried it, the results were AMAZING!! No more head flipping!! It's hard to believe this is the same horse!! After reading other reviews, we were concerned about the sizing and the leather quality....but we have found the sizing to be quite standard and the leather quality seems nice.
    Date published: 2014-04-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very nice bridle I bought this bridle after trying a friend's on my TB gelding. He has a tendency toget tense in his neck and jaw while doing dressage, but in the Micklem he seemsmore comfortable and fusses with the bit less. The leather is excellent- supple afterjust a few rides and some conditioning, and it's very padded. The rubber reins arequite nice as well. Overall very pleased with my purchase!
    Date published: 2014-04-05
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    Date published: 2014-04-02
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not for the short mouthed horse I really, really wanted my mare to wear this bridle. Alas, the oversize and horse size had the same problem on her: with the headstall properly situated the straps that go under the nose would have had to go over the ring of the bit to get to the right place. My vet just happened to be standing there and we decided it's because the distance to the corner of her lips is shorter than the average horse, so the distance between her cheek bones and the corner is longer. This proportion difference does not work with this bridle.
    Date published: 2014-03-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Bridle This bridle has definitely helped my horse. He's a Draft X who can be strong in the head when riding, and I was having difficulties getting him to soften. The Micklem made a difference. He is accepting my aids much more willingly, and also isn't evading as much. I know it's not all in the bridle/bit it's also to do with training, but this bridle has made the act of training him so much easier! It makes me really happy to know my horse is comfortable and willing now because of this bridle, and I'm really looking forward to using it every day this summer. However, the quality of the bridle is another story. When I was putting it together (which was actually pretty easy) one of the bit straps broke just by me bending it back through the strap. I was really looking forward to having 4 straps so I could quickly and easily switch out my dressage bit for my other bit but unfortunately now I only have 1 pair that I can use. The bridle supples up well with oiling, and I'm hoping nothing else decides to break. I think that the bridle is a good investment, but it should be less expensive due to the iffy quality. As for size, my horse fit in the the largest size. It is a bit tight right now due to his winter hair, but I think that once he sheds out it will be perfect.
    Date published: 2014-03-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a wonderful addition to my equipment This is one of the nicest pieces of equipment in my collection. My horse loves the fit and so do I. The quality is excellent and very well made.
    Date published: 2014-03-17
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