I really do hate swapping out bits. I have a nice collection of bits, but I don't generally switch them around. The ones in my storage tub, a low port comfort snaffle, a correction bit, and last year's french link snaffle, are all bits that I liked at one time for a specific purpose, but they aren't for Speedy at this point. I save them because they are like fine jewelry; they'll last forever.
Sydney seems happy in his current bit (Mikmar's Eggbutt Ergöm Lozenge Snaffle) so I see no need to switch him into any of the other bits that I have, and I keep Speedy's Mikmar Flexion Combination Bit on his trail bridle. I like to have a separate bridle for trail or dressage especially since the reins and bit for each bridle are completely different. Since those are the only things that Speedy does, I see no need to have multiple bridles hanging around.
Oh, wait. I do have multiple bridles hanging around; five of them to be exact. Five bridles that I would desperately love to be rid of. Five bridles that I would sell for quite cheap.
- Zilco Padded Snaffle Bridle, no flash. Cob-sized. Used only once or twice and has zero wear marks. I paid close to $70 for it. You can see a blue version of it here. I think this was originally marketed for eventers, but I am not sure if that is right. (Zilco is a brand-name synthetic)
- No brand name Padded Snaffle Bridle with flash. Cob-sized. Lightly used, but there are no wear marks. The brow band has some very subtle bling. It's super clean and well conditioned. I paid around $40 for it. (leather)
- No brand name Padded Crank Dressage Bridle with Flash. Cob-sized (but it fit like a horse-size, way too big for Speedy G). Lightly used, but there are no wear marks. The brow band and caveson have crystal bling across the front. It's clean, but not as soft as bridle number 2. I have no memory of what I paid for it, but it wasn't much, maybe $40. (leather)
- Wintec Snaffle Bridle, no flash. It's not marked, but I am pretty sure it's Cob-sized. Gently used, but there really aren't any wear marks. You can see a new version here. I probably paid around $40.00 for it. (synthetic)
- Zilco Deluxe Trail Bridle. Arabian-sized. Used, but with very few wear marks, which is the great thing about synthetics. If you're not familiar with this type of bridle, it's made to be worn over a halter, especially a rope halter. It snaps onto the halter to create a very stable bridle that uses the halter's frame as a throat latch. Perfect for endurance or trail riding. You can see a new version of the bridle here. While this particular one isn't Speedy's, he uses one of these for trail riding. I paid around $35 for it.
I really, really, want to be rid of these bridles. I don't need to get a fair price, but I don't want to pay to get rid of them either. Seriously, drop by my house, send me some money for shipping, or plead your case in the comments section and one of these (or maybe all five?) could be yours.