I started him out in Sydney's Micklem, but Izzy did a lot of head tossing with it. JL thought that since it has a drop nose band, it might have been causing some of the itchy, irritated nose that Izzy was experiencing. I switched the Micklem out for Speedy's Stübben, and a lot of the itchy nose thing went away.
While the Stübben is quite lovely, it is way too petite for Izzy. The cheek pieces for the bit and caveson are both on the absolute last hole. Besides that, it was a rather pricey piece of tack at close to $300, and right now, Izzy is doing a lot of rough scratching and rubbing when we finish. I'd rather save the bridle for showing rather than see it get mangled by Mr. Green Bean.
Don't get me wrong - I hope he turns out to be my next show horse, but I've been down this road before. So rather than invest two or three hundred bucks on a really nice bridle, I am willing to go a cheaper route until he shows me that we can spring for something nicer.
I have decided that I really, really like engraved stuff. All of it. If it can be engraved or personalized or customized, I want it. That being said, this bridle can be customized with an engraved crown piece.
I have a few concerns though. If I get the engraving done, the bridle better fit, or I'm out of luck, right?! What do I do if I ever sell this bridle or use it on someone else? Can the little plate be removed without damaging the bridle? At this price point do I even care?
I am not in a gigantic hurry to place the order, but I want to be prepared to do so when SmartPak sends me one of those little order now incentives. Any advice would be much appreciated. So, do I get the engraved crown piece or not?