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Wellfleet Raised Fancy Stitch Bridle by SmartPak

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As riders and online shoppers, we know it can be tough to buy a new bridle or pair of boots without trying them on. That's why we moved the fitting room to your living room (or barn)! From breeches to blankets, if you or your horse can try it on, you can return it, free! Just use the pre-paid return label included in your order within 60 days from the purchase date. And of course, please make sure the item is in like-new condition with original packaging (we said 'fitting room', not 'war room'!).


Wellfleet Bridlework represents the combination of the finest vegetable tanned North American bridle leather available and expert craftsmanship.  Designed to alleviate pressure on the sensitive poll area, the innovative crown design allows the caveson strap to pass over the crown piece in an elegant discrete channel; only soft padding touches the horse’s poll. Extra fine stitching and supple rich leather finished with stainless steel hardware. Carefully crafted to our own specifications and available exclusively at SmartPak. A lovely bridle suitable for the most prestigious of show rings!

The ½” browband and entire ¾” noseband, even under the chin, are luxuriously padded. With the Wellfleet’s comfort crown engineering to alleviate poll pressure.  5/8” cheeks with hook stud ends. Hand beveled, rubbed and finished edges. Stainless hardware with roller buckle on caveson. Complete with 5/8" raised fancy stitch reins.

Size: Pony, Cob, Full, O/S
Color: Hazelnut Leather with Dark Brown Padding 

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    Wellfleet Raised Fancy Stitch Bridle by SmartPak is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 20.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Seems very nice - some issues with leather though I bought this on sale to be my new show bridle. The leather is very soft right out of the bag - the reins actually feel usable without any conditioning. The noseband strap is recessed into the browband - looks a lot classier than my Harwich. I haven't used it yet so I can't comment on durability.It does have some issues. I was a bit... terrified... of the color. The bridle starts off VERY light and orange... it is starting to darken with several coats of Neatsfoot but it is still a bit light for my tastes and I'm hoping with use and conditioning it gets even darker. My bridle also came with some dark scuffs on the leather and the part of the noseband that goes over the browband had some cracking. Not sure if this is from rough handling by UPS or if these are original defects. Lastly, on initial cleaning with saddle soap, a great deal of red dye came off the bridle. It didn't change the look or color of the bridle any (probably just excess dye sitting on the leather) but it did dye some of my stitching pink! Yikes.
    Date published: 2014-04-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond gorgeous! When I first picked this bridle up at the store, it was...orange. Very, very orange. But the SmartPakers assured me it would darken up quickly...two light coats of oil and a good conditioning later, the leather is indeed a stunning mahogany color (it matches my Antares saddle perfectly!) and is butter-soft. I'm impressed with the quality of the design and the materials, and it looks amazing on my TB. I'm using it as a schooling bridle but it could easily be a show bridle.
    Date published: 2014-03-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fancy Bridle at a Good Price I was looking for a good quality show bridle that wouldn't cost a fortune and I think I found it! Have only used it once so far and not at a show, but everyone in my barn has admired it. The leather seems soft but durable, but only time will tell if it'll hold up. I ordered the horse size and it's on the border of being slightly too big for my 15.3 warmblood, although there are plenty of holes and space for adjusting. (Cob size was way too small.)
    Date published: 2013-07-09
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Leather Not the Quality I Expected The general construction of the bridle is fine, but in my opinion for the price I paid, I would expect the leather to be a little more refined. In particular, the backside of the noseband is cracking/ripping at the hole where I set the buckle after approx. 30 rides! (12 weeks of use!) I conditioned the bridle for 3 days before I even used it to help soften the leather just so it wouldn't crack.I bought this with the expectation that it would last for years and I just don't think that is going to happen. When the noseband gets worse and rips, I expect I'll have to buy a whole new bridle because I won't be able to get a matching noseband which is a shame because the rest of the bridle will probably still be fine.In addition, the sizing of the noseband is huge! I bought a full size for my 17 1h Holsteiner and I'm on the last hole! Now I have 4+ inches of flopping leather! I was going to see about having this professionally shortened, but in light of the cracking/ripping of the noseband so prematurely, I don't think I'll spend the money on this. I'll probably look for some other more refined bridle to show in.
    Date published: 2013-10-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bridle! I would highly recommend this bridle! When it came out of the box it was already soft and easily usable. It darkened up nicely and I think it looks like a really high quality/high end/name brand bridle but is actually super affordable! My trainer doesn't like the look of it but I personally disagree! It runs large and the one flaw is if your horse has a small nose, the noseband keeper is not long enough and the excess hangs out and is pretty unattractive; I actually had to cut mine. But I love this bridle, a must have!
    Date published: 2012-09-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wish They Had More Colors Bought this hoping it would match my bates saddle because it said the color was hazelnut. When it arrived, it was brown. I was very sad especially when I saw the leather quality, monocrown and how soft the bridle was along with the stitching. I wanted to love it but just couldn't keep it since it didn't match my tack. If it comes out in a more caramel color I will be buying this.
    Date published: 2012-07-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best bridle Got bridle a week ago. Lovely and soft right away. Oiled it lightly with 2 coats and went to Skidmore Saratoga AA show. My husband was holding my horse at the side of the ring, and one of the trainers came over and said "Your bridle is just gorgeous and looks fabulous on your horse, where did you get it?".... Thank you Smart Pak.
    Date published: 2012-06-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thank you Smart Pak - very happy. Just received this bridle. It is beautiful and soft right out of the box. It fits perfectly - can't wait to oil it and wear at the next show. I actually sold a Beval monocrown bridle that I had just bought to buy this one. (that should tell you something). This is a MUCH nicer and well fitting bridle. And the padded areas are much cushier. Kudos to Smart Pak for this and other products.
    Date published: 2012-06-18
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