From Endurance to Dressage
Ah ... but don't we all. I feel silly, okay greedy, for even thinking I deserve ANYTHING new for the next few months. I mean really ... new horse, new saddle, new Rambo halter, new Weatherbeeta fly sheet, extra feed, extra stall bedding, extra farrier bill, extra vet visit, more lessons, and all of this is on top of my regular equine expenses.
So what is it that I want NOW? My husband is curious to know as well. I know he's thinking, What else could she need that she doesn't already own several of? Well ... I am embarrassed to admit that I want a new bridle. I say embarrassed because I've bought five in the last two years. That tale can be read here. Now, in my defense, the first one was really an I'm-gonna-give-this-dressage-thing-a-try-but-since-I-might-not-like-it-I'm-going cheap. The next three were poor fitting and the final one worked. But now I have Sydney. Two of the poor fitting bridles fit, but the quality is not superb. I would never have truly known the difference except that I felt a bridle that Cha Ching's mom bought. Ooh ... butter soft.
So now I want a butter soft dressage bridle for Sydney, but I don't want to pay $300 or even $200 to get it. Toll Booth just had a 20% off sale that I very stoically passed on. They carry the Tekna bridle that I am using on Speedy G for $53.96. If I would have bought it at 20% off, it would have cost $43 and some change plus $12.95 for shipping which is about $56 bucks. Pretty cheap, but I passed.
Without having actually felt one to know whether it is butter soft or not, but intrigued by the design, I am looking at a Pink Equine bridle. They carry the Sport INTERchange bridle for ₤99.95 ($162 US) plus shipping ($$). You can see it in the photo to the right and here. If you do access the link, try out the cool zoom feature for a closer look at the beautiful stitching and padding. Of course, if I order it, it will be in black with gray piping.
Deep sigh ... lotsa money ... Christmas is far away ...
Anybody got a lead on butter soft dressage bridles in full/horse size for cheaper than ₤99.95?
About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
National Rider Awards
State Rider Awards
State Horse Awards
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
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Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
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