I'm half-heartedly bridle shopping (am I ever not?) but I'm not 100% sure what I'd be looking for if I'm actually looking. All I can say is a friend just got a Jerry's Harness bridle and I'm OBSESSED but that is a LOT of money to spend on a bridle annnnnnnd for someone who goes through tack as fast as I do, I'm not sure it's a good idea.
So let's look at what I have current headshots of Courage wearing and see what looks best. I'm breaking it down by category, because to the surprise of no one, I have a TON of these pictures.
|figure eight bridle|
|PS of Sweden Bridle|
|retro rolled bridle|
Next up: White padded bridles. I don't know how I feel about these. I love them on some horses (Totilas, Valegro), but less so on others. I had one many moons ago for my mare and I got bored of it rather quickly. That said, the look is growing on me again and it's totally on trend now and I could get a nicer one than I had before (Bobby's, gag).
|retro semi rolled brown with white padding|
|Almost frankened-black with white padding|
|Patent and rolled accents|
Admittedly, the white is a bitch to clean, but I'm a one horse ammy with a bridle fetish. I'm kind of enchanted with the look.
Brown Bridles I could get in black:
These are show legal (or would be with a standard modification) and I have or have had them.
|PS of Sweden Flat Out bridle|
The Micklem is a funny bridle. It actually works well enough on Courage's facial shape, but he doesn't particularly need it's function and I'd rather have something that makes him look less finicky. Let's face it: he's finicky enough about literally everything else.
I really like the narrow cheeks for his tiny head on the ovation and the PS is just fun. Basic, but useful.
Traditional dressage look: these bridles are pretty standard for the show ring.
All of these are shown with the flash on, which is pretty unrealistic for us. That said, the flash is most definitely removable and I'm not bothered by the flash tab because I do occasionally throw one on. Browbands are of course interchangeable.
What what do you think? What's the best look for a little blaze-faced bay horse aiming for his first recognized dressage show?