It is important that a bridle fits the horse, not only so that it looks correct, but so that the horse is comfortable. A horse that is comfortable and happy will perform better. The bridle must suit the purpose it is intended for. With careful choice of style, a well fitting bridle can enhance the look of a horse and this is especially important in the show ring. A show pony would require a fine bridle with perhaps a ribbon covered browband, whereas a hunter would be much better suited with a broad plain workman like bridle.
All HR Saddlery bridlework is made to order allowing it to be tailored to each individual horse. Fitted correctly the bridle should be fitted on the centre holes, allowing plenty of adjustment and with the buckles sitting in line with the horse’s eye. HR Saddlery’s bridlework is manufactured at their onsite workshop. It is handstitched for added strength and durability using top quality English leather and fittings.
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Stallion inhand bridle
Photo by kind permission of Joost van Wijk.
Thistledown Porsche wearing a Sec A Stallion Inhand bridle with clincher browband and whole wire buckles.
Show slip with coupling & lead chain
Aussi Nut leather show slip with coupling and lead chain. The coupling can be removed and the lead chain looped through the ring on the nearside and clipped onto the offside for added control if required.
Dark havana plain leather lead rein with hand loop and butterfly attachment
White web halter
White webbing halter and lead rein with brass fittings. The size can be adjusted by moving the webbing through the fittings. The lead rein runs through the loop on the nearside under the jaw to the offside and will apply some pressure under the jaw during use. A fixed version of this webbing halter is also available and has leather chapes where it attaches to the fittings.
Split reins are used with a Pelham. Like pelham roundings they are used so that the rider only has to hold one pair of reins, especially useful for children. The split reins shown are dark havana plain reins, but they could be made with any type of rein.
Extending stirrup leathers
Extending stirrup leathers - very useful when out hunting if you need to remount without anything to stand on. Simply unhook the leather and allow it to drop down onto the webbing, once mounted hook the leather back up. This is a much quicker and easier method than adjusting the stirrup leather with the buckle.
White webbing show girth with leather buckle chapes.
Lampwick Humane Girth
White lampwick girth with humane girthing arrangement at each end.
Dark havana fetlock boots with brown fleece lining.
Leather side reins with an elastic insert for use when lunging a horse or pony. They can also be made plain (i.e. without the elastic insert).
All the leatherwork required for this rug, roller and breastplate was undertaken by HR Saddlery. This rug was produced by Lansdown Rugs and awarded as a prize at Blenheim Horse Trials.
Dark havana headcollar with brass fittings
Dark havana foal slip.
Black harness bridle with patent leather winkers and facedrop, rolled winker stays and throat, brass ring front browband, lined and stitched noseband and lined cheekpieces.