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Micklem Competition Bridle

Horseware Ireland
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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

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    Micklem Competition Bridle is rated 4.4511 out of 5 by 184.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from No more head tossing My OTTB has never settled on any bit I've tried, always chewing and tossing his head, hollowing and overall being distracted while we ride, which makes training quite a challenge. Thought I'd try the Micklem after doing research and reading other reviews that seemed to echo my situation. Also like the fact that it's fitted ergonomically, which can only be a good thing. Have I found the Holy Grail? No, this did not take my green anxious boy and turn him into a horse who goes on the bit and into frame the moment I take up the reins. But I didn't expect that. I was hoping for something that would lessen the distraction, that would allow me to establish contact with my boy and start to show him how much better he can ride...this bridle did just that. It has allowed me to communicate more clearly with him so that we can work on the things he needs help with most. The leather is very nice quality and well padded where it needs to be. I use different reins than the rubber ones that came with it, but that is just preference. He does seem to accept the bit more easily now as well, although that could just be Mom's wishful thinking. All that matters is that it's a clear improvement over what we were using before.
    Date published: 2015-05-21
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I borrowed a Micklem from a friend who had purchased one 2 years ago. It was a standard horse size so that's what I ordered. My Thoroughbred gelding has a refined head. I agree with one of the reviews that the straps for the cheek and jaw should be longer, they aren't very adjustable. And the quality of the leather does not reflect the price. (The leather of the borrowed bridle was much nicer). I like the concept of the design although it hasn't made a difference to my horse.
    Date published: 2015-05-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this Bridle! I bought this bridle over a month ago and it has truly been a game changer! My boy responded so well to it I wanted to wait to review it to make sure it wasn't just a one time thing. He is so much more comfortable and much more responsive.
    Date published: 2015-02-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Micklem Bridle This was a little intimidating at first to put together but a friend helped me get it setup and adjusted. Looks great and between this and a new bit we are making some progress!!
    Date published: 2015-02-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Bridle, very nice leather I am so glad that I purchased this bridle. My horse responded very well the first ride with a soft foamy mouth. I was not able to get that with him with his previous bridle. Easy to fit and adjust. My trainer is now trying it on one of her horses and have already told a good friend to purchase one. I will be ordering another one for one of my other horses. As a side note I ordered the largest size and I found the reins to be short for my big gelding.
    Date published: 2015-02-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just a product review. Haven't used it yet Just put the bridle together and am super excited to see how my horse will perform in it. When putting it together, one of the bit straps was already cracking when I bent it to put it together, but only one, the other one didn't do it. The one that is cracking seems a bit stiffer than the other side. I'm willing to let this pass as I'm sure I can find replacement pieces if necessary in the future. I think it is good enough quality that it will last in this condition for quite awhile but it's going to keep me from giving it an excellent rating thus far.
    Date published: 2015-01-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far, so good I just purchased this bridle and have only ridden in it a half a dozen times. I wasn't having any problems with my mare but the overall design and concept of the bridle seemed like a good idea. I do feel that she is going with her poll a little higher, which is good.The bridle fits well, other than the cheek piece is a little snug and I will likely need to punch another hole in it for a looser fit. The reins that come with it are a ghastly thick rubber and I immediately swapped them out for a leather pair.So far I am pleased with my purchase.
    Date published: 2015-01-19
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from dissapointed with quality I've had this bridle for about 6 months, I absolutely love it. It makes such a big difference with my horse. However I noticed about a month ago that where the straps attach to the bridle, it is starting to crack. I clean all my tack after every ride and condition once a week, so I'm quite upset with how much I've paid for it to not hold up. I would be willing to pay more if they could guarantee a better quality leather. I would recommend the bridle because it is amazing, however I think if the quality is going to continue to be so poor the price should drop.
    Date published: 2015-01-14
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