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Rambo® Micklem® Competition Bridle

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The Rambo® Micklem® Competition Bridle is ergonomically designed from the inside out with your horse’s comfort in mind. Based on the shape and anatomy of the skull itself, this one-of-a-kind bridle is carefully crafted to avoid pressure on sensitive areas of your horse’s head such as the facial nerves, projected cheekbones, or the upper jaw molars. The noseband is specifically placed and shaped to avoid interfering with the horse’s breathing. Additionally, the wide, contoured crown alleviates pressure on the noseband while padding on the crown, browband, and noseband add to your horse’s comfort. Plus, the soft leather is vegetable-tanned and environmentally friendly.

The competition bridle features hand-finished leather that will look great in the show ring. Two sets of different sized pairs of bit straps are included to ensure an ideal fit. Additionally, tongue protection clips are included which can be used to lift the bit in the horse’s mouth to prevent undue or abrupt pressure from being applied to the bars or the tongue. This can be especially helpful when starting a young horse or for inexperienced riders. Finally, it even comes complete with rubber reins so you have everything you need to get started.

This bridle is approved for FEI competition.

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Please note: Horseware does not recommend using this bridle as a bitless bridle. If you’re looking for a Micklem bridle that can be converted into a bitless bridle, check out the Rambo Micklem Multibridle
 
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  • Ergonomic design based on the shape and anatomy of the horse's skull
  • Helps avoid pressure on sensitive areas of the horse's head
  • Padded crown, browband, and noseband for additional comfort
  • Vegetable-tanned leather is soft and environmentally friendly
  • Hand-finished leather will look great in the show ring
  • Bit straps allow for an ideal fit
  • Tongue protection clips can help relieve undue pressure on the horse's tongue
  • Comes complete with rubber reins
Key Specifications
  • Material: Leather
  • Closure Style: Buckle
  • Style: Eventing
  • Padding: Yes
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Available in sizes Pony, Cob, Horse, Large Horse
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Specifications

Material Leather
Closure Style Buckle
Style Eventing
Noseband Width 3/4"
Browband Width 3/4"
Padding Yes
Customizable No
Special Features Micklem bridle is designed to avoid pressure points to comfortably fit the horse's head. Soft padding throughout the bridle. Stainless steel hardware.
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    Rambo® Micklem® Competition Bridle is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 317.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Bridle You will notice a difference in you horse the first time you put it on. They are more likely to cooperate with less pressure on the reins, head tossing or similar behaviors. I use both of the small straps for the bit, my horse likes the division of pressure between the nose band and directly on the mouth. In addition to dressage, I do a great deal of trial riding and the willingness to push into the bit makes for a much more pleasant ride, while building up the horses back and hindquarters on hills and and galloping through the meadows with a completely relaxed horse.
    Date published: 2019-05-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Bought for my horse because she always gets irritated with her bridle and tries to itch it off. Once I started using this bridle she no longer itches and it’s bough quality leather and looks amazing!
    Date published: 2019-03-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This bridle has been a game changer I'm updating my initial review of the Micklem bridle. It's been a game changer for my stiff, bracey mare. The head tossing at the canter is all but gone. My trainer is amazed and is recommending this bridle to other clients.
    Date published: 2019-02-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Deal I’ve only had a few rides in so I cannot speak about durability but seems well made. Not stuff but not super supple right out of the box. Easy to assemble (if you read it first :) and love the reins! My horse is very sensitive to bridles and this made a huge difference in a short time. Supports my mare well and allows for clear communication. Overall worth the price! (I fixed my assembling mistake after I took the photo)
    Date published: 2018-10-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not so bracey anymore I have a paint mare that is extremely bracey in her jaw, shoulders and poll. We have had a difficult time with canter under saddle. My trainer has ridden her in this bridle twice and is absolutely amazed at the difference. The first ride was a bit dicey...Cali couldn't find any thing to brace on and was a bit distressed. On the second day she was a bit more used to it and actually relaxed her shoulders and started stepping from behind. I'm excited to see if her progress continues. If you get one, ride your horse in it several times before you decide it doesn't work.
    Date published: 2018-07-20
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love the idea but the fit is awkward I tried this on a few different horses and on some it fit great but others who are in between sizes it was just impossible to adjust it. If I made it so the nose band sat at the right height (off sensitive cartilage) but not too tight in the bit, the bit would touch the strap that goes in front of it. Awkward and frustrating.
    Date published: 2018-07-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super comfy for horses, but short on adjustability I currently own two of these, and need a third one for the fussy one so she doesn't have to share her sister's. What I love about the bridle is that horses find it so comfortable! The usual "I must rub my face NOW" reaction to removing a regular bridle disappears entirely. The down sides to the bridle are these: the straps are not long enough all around (cheek, flash, bit hangers), the fixed keepers are placed too far apart and the leather bit straps are too bulky and stiff. My 17H Trak/draft cross is on the last holes all around on the Large Horse size. I use his old one on the youngster, who has a horse sized head, and it fits her pretty well. I am going to try the Horse size for the more delicate mare. I highly recommend for comfort. I would continue (yes, I've said this before) to encourage Rambo/Micklem to improve the good design according to the numerous recommendations about adjustability. Perhaps a "Draft" size is warranted to upsize the Large Horse size. The pebbled reins are very nice and comfortable in the hand.
    Date published: 2018-06-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Superb bridle I haven't had a chance to put it on my 2 year old yet but he's had his smaller brother's Micklem on a few times. I have had a Micklem on my horses since the bridle first came out. I like how they fit the horses and how well the horses seem to like it. I still think they could use a nicer leather for the price.
    Date published: 2018-06-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing bridle The concept of this bridle is amazing and many horses at our barn have really taken to it. It is a really good alternative to some of the super expensive anatomical dressage bridles on the market, specially if you just want to try the concept without taking out a second mortgage on your house. The leather is quite reasonable quality and looked lovely after oiling it thoroughly once after it arrived. Just wish they made the connector between the rings for the "flash"/bottom strap to the noseband slightly better quality, as we have had a number of them break with use. They provide you with a second set of bit straps, what would really be needed is a nylon re-inforced strap to connect the little ring to the noseband. I have had my bridle for six months (admittedly in sticky and sweaty South Florida) and they are just starting to go, and my noseband is not done up super tight. Also some additional padding under the noseband would be great. Ordering a new one for shows and having the old one fixed for every day use.
    Date published: 2018-05-05
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good quality, fitting issues Overall this is a very good quality bridle. Lacks in adjustment for fit. My mare has a refined head but wears a full. Even with the shorter bridle straps it just didn't fit right. Price is a little high, paying for the R&D not looks.
    Date published: 2018-03-12
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