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Harwich Padded Fancy Stitch Bridle by SmartPak

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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.
Favorite Features
  • Crafted in rich Hazelnut leather with dark brown padding on the crown, noseband and browband
  • Fancy stitch ¾” completely padded noseband and ½” padded brow band
  • 5/8” cheeks with hook stud ends and stainless steel hardware with roller buckle on caveson
  • Complete with 5/8” x 57" raised fancy stitched laced reins



Available in sizes Cob, Full, O/S

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    Harwich Padded Fancy Stitch Bridle by SmartPak is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 267.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The reviews are right: Best bridle for the money The reviews are unanimous. This is a lovely, supple, high quality bridle for a fraction of what you might expect to pay. With a little neatsfoot oil it darkened to a nice havana brown. Fits my TB perfectly, and the monocrown is comfortable for him. You can't possibly get a better bridle for the money.
    Date published: 2016-01-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harwich Padded Fancy Stitch Bridle by SmartPak Very nice quality for the cost. Soft leather and it looks great on the horses.
    Date published: 2016-01-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Quality, Seems more comfortable. The picture lead me to believe it would be more of an oakbark color, it's much darker for those of you hoping for the same. However I do love this bridle, its padding and affordability are great. Does have a very long throat latch though.
    Date published: 2016-01-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Love this bridle. My boy seems to like it too which is what matters most. The padding is very soft and the leather very nice. I got it on sale and it was a great buy.
    Date published: 2015-12-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Leather is amazing looks expensive. nice soft leather, beautiful color. I love it
    Date published: 2015-12-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding quality for the price
    Date published: 2015-12-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely Bridle; Odd Sizing I JUST got this bridle in the mail and have yet to use it so far so I can't peak in durability or anything, but I can say that this bridle is stunning. The color is a dark brown originally with a rich auburn tint, almost brightening it rather than leaving it to bore the eye with simple brown. I was cautious at first simply because some of the reviews said it was quite a bold orange out of the box, but I can personally say that the color is absolutely stunning, so stunning that I don't even believe hot oil will be required in the process of oiling. The color is simply PERFECT.The stitching is lovely and the padding is really, really nice, and I personally love the updated crown piece as I can already tell that the removed pressure is going to do well with my young one that loves to have his head. The only quirk I see (And I'm not complaining) would be the odd sizing. The browband is quite large, and though I'm not concerned about it, it simply has an odd look to it, and as other reviews have mentioned, the throatlatch is HUGE. On the highest hole, it still looks gawky next to the rest of the bridle. But, the good part about this bridle in my opinion is that it is very adjustable. I used to (And still sometimes do) ride a 17.2hh OTTB with an oddly large head, whereas my current project is a 16.3hh QH with a large yet petitely-framed skull. This bridle is a dream to adjust and it doesn't give you a headache when doing so, which makes me personally very excited to use it.I truly think this bridle is gorgeous and it could be used for schooling or showing, and I might even be using it for both. It is definitely worth the price and even with the odd sizing, the Harwich Padded Fancy Stitch Bridle still gets 5 stars from me.
    Date published: 2015-12-12
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sizing is weird Both of my horses normally wear a full sized bridle and the size fits them great, but this bridle is a little wonky. It has HUGE throatlatch, it doesn't fit with the bridle at all. The browband is very large too and there's about a 1 inch gap between it and my horse's head. The crown is also very long, and you can see in the picture that the brownband doesn't meet up correctly with the crown piece. The noseband runs across the crown which looks nice, but one of the keepers sewn into the crown can be felt underneath on the padded part that rests on the poll. Its not very well thought out and might bother sensitive horses or dig into the poll if a leverage bit is used. Was bought as my show bridle, but I'm only going to use it for schooling or locals. Nice leather, padding and details, but the overall design needs some work.
    Date published: 2015-12-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great bridle for the money! This is a solid bridle for the price. I originally bought it as a show bridle, though have since been using it for schooling and might end up getting a nicer one for shows, but it's fine to show in as well. The throatlatch is oddly very long - I had to punch an additional hole it in and I still wish I could take it up higher.
    Date published: 2015-12-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bridle This bridle is excellent I really wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking for nice send me less expensive bridle. It was soft right out of the package as you probably already know and personally I used no oil on it and it adjusted to my horses face just fine. I have used this bridle about for a good week and a half and there has been no wear.
    Date published: 2015-11-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice bridle, especially for the price Well padded and rather supple right our of the box. I had to exchange the regular size for a cob and there were some inconsistencies in the quality. It cleans up nicely and overall a good bargain. I ride a 14.2 Appaloosa and she required the cob size.
    Date published: 2015-10-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good buy so far, but runs big! Wanted a nice bridle without paying $300, so I picked up this baby during a 10% off sale. The bridle showed up in pretty nice shape-the leather was supple and didn't seem to have a nasty layer of coating that needed stripping off. It also didn't have scuffs and dents in some places like the $60 Plymouth dressage bridle I'd purchased. I'm slowly getting it darker, but the picture provided does show the original color mine arrived with.The ONLY issue I've had with it is that it seems to run large. I have two paint mares-one 14.2hh and one 15.1hh. Neither have super refined heads, but they do wear "small" horse(500-800lb.) halters. For most of the stock horses I've been around (non-appendixes), this is normal. I ordered a "full" sized bridle, and the throat latch is HUGE, even on the last hole, the cheek pieces are on the last or second to last hole, and the caveson holder is also on the last or second to last hole. The browband is also looser than I'd prefer. However, it wasn't so huge that I felt the need to hassle with returning it (and I'd already oiled it)! So next time, I'll order a cob!Can't speak for the longevity of this bridle yet, but it seems like it will last well!
    Date published: 2015-10-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Bridle I've only used this bridle a few times but so far, I love it. It is beautiful and the padding makes it quite comfortable for my horse. The reins were a bit stiff but with some conditioning they softened right up.
    Date published: 2015-10-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from
    Date published: 2015-10-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Bridle came out of package very supple as advertised. Only issue is that the throat latch is too long. Added some extra holes, but couldn't get it short enough. My daughters trained tied it in a know, but obviously can't show like that.
    Date published: 2015-10-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Bridle This is an absolutely stunning bridle that I get many compliments on. Economically priced, you would never guess from looking at it. My second of this exact bridle, I will continue to buy SmartPak designed products as their quality, affordability, and craftsmanship is unmatched.
    Date published: 2015-09-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality, great price! I am so impressed with the quality and finish of this bridle - my other show bridles are an ADT and Aramas, and this is definitely comparable to both. The leather is soft and pliable, not plasticky, and it's just a very nice-looking bridle. Can't beat the price, either.
    Date published: 2015-09-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOOOVE this bridle! This bridle came out of the box soft and supple. It's gorgeous and I've gotten a lot of compliments on it. It looks so fancy & the price was great!
    Date published: 2015-09-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality bridle Love this bridle for the price. The leather is nice soft, higher-quality leather. Love the fancy stitching and the braided reins which are included.
    Date published: 2015-08-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well made for the money. Excellent value. I would recommend it.
    Date published: 2015-07-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This Bridle! I got this bridle last December for my cobb sized guy. I love the flash option as I have needed one and also had times when I haven't needed one! The bridle was very attractive and moderately supple just out of the box. There has been a little discoloration on the noseband (probably rubbed from cheek pieces) but barely noticeable. The reins were a little thick for my liking, but overall great bridle for the price.
    Date published: 2015-07-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful bridle! I bought this for my daughter's QH/ Welsh pony (Cobb size). It's fits nicely and is very attractive. We have already had several compliments. The leather is reasonably soft and supple but will still require some breaking in. We have been using it every day but our trainer just told us today we should save it for our show bridle. I will probably buy another bridle for every day use from the same manufacturer.
    Date published: 2015-06-12
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    Date published: 2015-05-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded my expectations! I bought this bridle for my daughter's thoroughbred, who has issues with his poll. We've only used it for a few weeks, but he seems much happier now. It is a high quality bridle. Looks and feels like it's much more expensive.
    Date published: 2015-05-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great leather bridle Wish I had bought this months ago ! Great quality and leatherLove it
    Date published: 2015-05-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soft leather straight out of the box! I have this bridle for both my thoroughbred (cob size) and my warmblood (oversize) and both bridles came out of the box soft and supple. No oiling needed! I really love the padded crown piece and the way that the noseband runs along the outside of the crown to reduce rubs. The stitching is beautiful and even the reins have the stitching detail - a lovely fancy touch. I couldn't be happier with the quality of these bridles for the price!
    Date published: 2015-05-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very soft leather This bridle came out of the box feeling already broken in. It was easy to put together even with the crownpiece being a bit different. It fits my OTTB beautifully.
    Date published: 2015-05-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bridle, affordable price! Awesome bridle-- looks great, feels great, wears well, lasts long. This is my second (new horse needed new size) and the last one is 6 years old and going strong! The keepers on the noseband don't move, so you have to keep an elastic band as a third keeper, but it's a great bridle!
    Date published: 2015-05-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded expectations! I bought this to use as a schooling bridle, but was incredibly impressed with the quality. Time will tell as to the durability, but I see no reason why it could not be used as a show bridle. Leather is so soft, beautiful color, and I imagine the padding is very comfy for my guy!
    Date published: 2015-04-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing bridle! I bought this a month ago as my new show bridle & am so happy that I did! This bridle finally fits just right & looks great on my mare. Right out of the box it is very supple & oiling darkens it right up no problem. As mentioned in other comments, the throat latch is a little long, but it definitely still fits - just on one of the top holes. I love it & I can't wait for show season!
    Date published: 2015-02-28
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