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Harwich® Ergonomic Bridle

Harwich® Ergonomic Bridle by SmartPak

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The Harwich® Ergonomic Bridle by SmartPak offers outstanding quality with sophisticated and subtle treatments. This bridle will take your horse’s comfort to the next level with anatomic contouring at the crown that works to reduce pressure on tender areas like the poll and ears. It also features an ergonomic, padded noseband without or with flash that offers a clean look and comfortable feel, making this an ideal choice for sensitive horses. The browband and monocrown are also padded for maximum comfort. Harwich bridles are crafted from durable, supple, vegetable-tanned leather. The superb craftsmanship is reflected in the fine details such as the plain stitch design and sturdy, stainless steel hardware. Complete the look with matching rubber reins, included with purchase.


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Favorite Features:
  • Anatomically contoured crown reduces pressure on ears and poll
  • Ergonomic noseband with or without flash is comfortable for your horse
  • Padded noseband, browband, and monocrown for maximum comfort
  • Vegetable-tanned leather is durable and supple
  • Stainless steel hardware 
  • Outstanding quality bridle at an amazing value
  • Comes complete with matching rubber reins
Key Specifications
  • Material: 100% Leather
  • Closure Style: Hook studs
  • Reins Included: Yes
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Ingredient Amount
Noseband: 26"
Browband: 14.5"
Bit to Bit: 25.5"
Throatlatch: 16.5"
Reins: 48"

Noseband: 23”-27”
Browband: 15.5” 
Bit to Bit: 34”-41” 
Throatlatch: 35.5”-43.25”
Reins: 54"

Noseband: 23.25"-28.25"
Browband: 16.25"
Bit to bit: 37”-46”
Throatlatch: 37”-46"
Reins: 54"

Noseband: 26"-31.25"
Browband: 17.25"
Bit to bit: 38”-49”
Throatlatch: 38”-49”
Reins: 65"
What Customers Say:
Material 100% Leather
Closure Style Hook studs
Noseband Width 1.25"
Browband Width 3/4"
Reins Included Yes
Padding Yes
Harwich® Ergonomic Bridle by SmartPak is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 43.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Quality wasn't great and holes are really big! The leather quality is not great and ultimately why I sent it back. Too expensive for bad , rough cut leather. And I'm not sure why the holes are so big. Odd. Sizing was tough too. My TB typically takes a cob size bridle, but I could barely close the noseband. The cut of the crown piece to allow space for the ears, was very nice however.
Date published: 2022-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great schooling bridle I bought it for one of my lesson horses recently. It’s a great schooling bridle, or competition bridle on a budget. Leather arrived was soft enough for immediate use. I bought a Cobb sized bridle for my 15.1h OTTB mare - she isn’t very big, and it fits her wonderfully.
Date published: 2021-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple and classy My mare has been on a Western bridle, this was her first English one and it arrived Friday (on time). My trainer picked out a bit, I woulf give 5 star but it was a bit tricky to assemble the bridle. The leather is new but will soften up over time and with conditioning. For a first time bridle, that is a practical price I like it so far. It looks super classy and simple. Can’t wIt to see her with the bonnet when that arrives!
Date published: 2021-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good fit, could be better This is my third Harwich bridle and although I really like the design and fit, the leather isn’t great quality. I can already foresee leather cracking and wear occurring early on. My other Harwich bridles, purchased in 2013/2014, were much better quality.
Date published: 2021-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really nice bridle Really like this bridle. I love that my horses breathing isn't restricted with the flash. Leather seems a bit ehhh on the cheek pieces & several of the keepers are very loose. The price point is reasonable. Looks lovely on the horse. Purchased cob size for TB. Fit perfect
Date published: 2021-07-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I really wanted to say I loved this bridle.... I really wanted to say I loved this bridle....but the reins are really short. Ordered the OS and the bridle fits wonderfully. Quality of the leather and padding is nice. Looks like I'll be riding a lot on the buckle.....
Date published: 2021-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO much better than expected I got this bridle for my 15.1 h OTTB. I needed a flash and was thrilled to see that this bridle came in a flash style. The horse size fits beautifully. Well made and VERY adjustable. (The throat latch is adjustable on BOTH sides!) It softened up well with a few oilings. Also, the reins that came with it are really good quality. I'm very happy with this purchase.
Date published: 2021-05-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Horse loves it, quality is disappointing I’ve had this bridle for almost a year now. I’ll start with the pros. I love the shape of the bridle and my horse has been very happy and comfortable in it. The reins are also comfortable to hold. It looks pretty nice on him and I have gotten multiple compliments on it. Now the cons. I’m a little disappointed in how it has held up. One of the keeps on the nose band has already broken. Some parts of the bridle look a little TOO broken in and I am a little worried it might break, but it does seem to be holding up otherwise. The leather on the outside looks slight “wrinkled” and cheap looking now that I have had it a while. The padding on the inside is super soft and seems very comfortable though. I don’t have any close up quality photos to show the top of the leather, but pictures do show the overall look is nice! I plan on keeping as a schooling bridle since my horse seems to like it but will definitely purchase a different bridle to show in.
Date published: 2021-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite bridle! I bought this bridle over a year ago, and used it almost daily! It looks beautiful on my horse, fits him perfectly, and the leather is superb quality. Unfortunately I'm back to buy another, as today he panicked while only the reins were around his neck and completely ruined the entire bridle! I was so upset but loved the bridle so much I'm getting another :)
Date published: 2021-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nose band fits horse very comfortably Great looking and comfortable for my horse.Has a better fit than the standard English nose band.
Date published: 2021-04-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Looks great from afar You get what you pay for. This bridle looks good until you get up close. The leather has an odd plastic-like finish on it and it wrinkles when it is flexed.
Date published: 2021-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Bridle Ever!!!!!! This Bridle is amazing!!!! The leather is super soft and supple right out of the box. The cob size fit my haflinger mare great and she really likes this Bridle!!! I put the Plymouth bling browband on this Bridle instead of the one it came with and it slides on there perfectly. The rubber reins are fantastic!!!! Overall best 150$ I ever spent!!
Date published: 2021-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This Bridle! I’ve been using this bridle for about 3 months now! I have the version with the lip strap. This has been one of my best purchases so far! The horse I lease absolutely loves it and is much softer in the bridle now! I think he’s just happy to have a comfortable bridle! He’s a big boy at 17.1 hands and is a warmblood. The Full Size fits him perfectly.
Date published: 2021-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oversize perfect for my Percheron Needed an oversize for my Percheron and it fits perfectly. Love the ergonomic for and he seems to be very comfortable in it. Los great on him too.
Date published: 2021-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from High quality leather Makes my quarter horse look like he is ready to show
Date published: 2021-03-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love the Look, Hate the Fit I love the look of this bridle. I have an 18h QH with a long but narrow face. Horse size items don't fit him so I got the full size. In most other brands, full/oversize barely buckle, especially not the throat latch. In this brand everything is on the tightest hole and it still fits floppy and weird. I love that it's highly adjustable but is this draft size?
Date published: 2021-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Beautiful bridle. Looks even better after first cleaning. Very soft. Love the noseband design
Date published: 2021-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Ergonomic Bridle I really like this bridle... I love that the noseband can be adjusted completely separate from the cheek pieces (this is not the case for the Micklem), and I find the leather to be much higher quality than the Micklem. It's super adjustable. I have a Full for my fine-boned 17.2 hand mare and it fits quite well. Take the time to oil the bridle (after you've ensured its fit of course), and you'll have a high quality knock-off at a fraction of the price. Very pleased with this bridle!
Date published: 2020-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very attractive and well-fitting bridle I bought the Brown bridle with flash for my OTTB mare. While the leather was a bit stiff on arrival I felt it softened nicely with one round of conditioning. It is a perfect size for my mare, has plenty of adjustability, and the ergonomic shaping makes it easy to put on/take off. Its only discredit is that the flash buckle lies right on my mare's lips. Other reviewers have mentioned this too - it doesn't bother her, but is less than ideal. It's smart looking- I'll likely use it for showing - and the price is right for a schooling bridle too.
Date published: 2020-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice bridle This is a comfortable bridle for my paint mare. The full size fits her nicely. I like that it is very adjustable. Leather is a nice quality. I haven't oiled it yet so I expect it to soften more but it isn't terribly stiff either. The nose band buckle is extra hard to unbuckle but the bridle fits so well it is worth dealing with.
Date published: 2020-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this bridle! Love everything about this bridle, the quality, the look, the price, all of it! It fits my mare like a dream and she looks amazing. Very happy with my purchase!
Date published: 2020-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality leather & sharp looks I bought this for my sensitive OTTB mare on the theory that she would enjoy a bridle that applies less pressure than a traditional hunter bridle. I'm super impressed with the leather quality and the look of the bridle, especially for the price. She's happy and so am I!
Date published: 2020-10-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Leather is too stiff I had to finally get my hubby to help put this bridle together...Stiffest leather I have ever had! If I didnt make the mistake of punching a whole to try to make it fit I wouldve sent it back!
Date published: 2020-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit! My sensitive ottb loves this bridle! The padded nose band is awesome and it’s great quality!
Date published: 2020-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely bridle My horse responds very well to the pressure of the bridle and is great to jump in. Quality is good.
Date published: 2020-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fits my horse perfectly! I'm so happy with this bridle! I wanted to switch my mare to something padded and anatomical as she came to me in an inexpensive bridle that was causing rubs on her very sensitive face skin. I tried out the micklem but she wasnt a fan of the integrated straps as it caused too much poll pressure. this bridle is the perfect compromise! it has a huge amount of padding which will keep rubs away, but I love how it contours to avoid the delicate bones in her face. the integrated flash just looks so smart also, really cutting down on bulk since she already has such a delicate little face. this is a 13.3 arabian wearing a cob size for reference!
Date published: 2020-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Happy mare I wanted an ergonomic bridle for my sensitive mare and initially purchased the Kavalkade... she did NOT like it at all! After a short time it was even rubbing a bald spot on her head. I bought this bridle to replace it and she is so much more comfortable! No fussing or head shaking and she moves nicely into the rein. My only complaint, at least on the cob size that I have, is that because the flash is in a fixed position (which I like) and both sides are the same length, the buckle ends up right next to the bit on her lips. I think if one side of the flash could be just slightly longer than the other it might fall in a better spot.
Date published: 2020-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely bridle, but did not fit I ordered this bridle for my horse in cob, as he is cob size in absolutely everything. He’s 15.1 with quite a small head. The noseband barely went around his face and mouth, and most of the bridle had to be put on the largest hole. The noseband was too short over the nose causing the ergonomic shape to sit on his cheekbones. So I returned it and hesitantly ordered full size. I had a problem where the first one never got to me, but SmartPak sent me a replacement with no hassle. I received the second within two days. So that was awesome. But sadly, as I predicted, the full size won’t work either. The noseband actually fits much better than on the cob, but I had to have all the buckles on the tightest holes on the sides for the noseband and cheek pieces. If it stretches at all, I have no room to adjust it for his little head. So sadly, this bridle just isn’t for him. I wish I could mix and match the pieces, as the bridle itself is so so lovely. It seems to be really nice leather, supple, well made, lovely concept, and I like the reins. I so wish it worked for my horse.
Date published: 2020-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this bridle I’ve ridden in this bridle a few times and already love it. My horse seems more relaxed in it and doesn’t try to knock me over rubbing his head on me afterwards. The leather is nice quality and I love the reins. Would for sure recommend!
Date published: 2020-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bridle I wanted a bridle that would help my horse's problem of gaping his mouth open but one that would not be as restricting as a flash or drop. This works and is economic but well made. Looks good too.
Date published: 2020-02-28
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