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13th Jun 2005, 08:35 PM
Just wondered what your opinions were on today's imported leather bridles. Would you use them or do you think English leather only?
I know that the imported leathers are much better these days than years ago when they would stretch, break and crack easily. But I hear that they are much better now and well worth a look for an 'everyday' bridle.
13th Jun 2005, 08:37 PM
I think im fairly old fashioned so I would still stick with the english bridle and a good quality one as well. I would worry about it breaking otherwise.
13th Jun 2005, 08:50 PM
I'd define where you're importing from ;). I'd be pretty happy with leatherwork from most European countries or USA (especially if it's got a name to uphold like Stuben). But if you're talking some of the other leather producers I'd be a LOT more cautious and agree with General.
13th Jun 2005, 09:19 PM
Aussie, US, Swiss, German, French, Italian...all have good leaher tanners and curriers for the equestrian trade.
The problems come with Indian and Pakistan and Eastern leathers which are not made specifically for the equestrian trade and don't have the breaking strengths European and Western Tanners live up to.
I, personally, cannot stand the smell of some of the Eastern leathers. It is usually a bad investment. An English made every day bridle will do you every day of your life. A cheap one might do you 12 months.
I have a bridle which is used every day and was bought in 1969 and has been used every day near enough since 1969. Now that's value for money.
13th Jun 2005, 11:19 PM
Aah thanks for that. I've emailed the supplier of the particular bridle I'm interested in to ask them for the country of manufacture!
14th Jun 2005, 07:57 AM
yeah, totally go for quality. I have stubben stirrup leathers and they're gorgeous!
14th Jun 2005, 08:07 AM
Usually the problem with indian etc leather is not the leather itself but the way it has been treated. If you can find a bridle made from indian leather but treated in the same way as english leather then you shouldn't have any problems. I think the Kincade bridles made by Weatherbeeta are an example.
14th Jun 2005, 08:13 AM
I pretty much stick with British or German. Flora has Jeffries and Stubben bridles, breastplate etc. I also like the Australian Bates saddles. I have a GP and a Dressage from them.
14th Jun 2005, 09:28 AM
Hmm..have just heard back from the supplier and the bridle I really like is Indian (although they do say that its manufactured to extremely high quality!). :( shame because it was a lovely bridle and funds are extremely limited due to the fact that I've been out of work for 5 months! She's just had a new (and expensive) Barnsby saddle fitted too.
14th Jun 2005, 03:43 PM
The other problem with some imported (Indian) leather is that to add strength they also have a webbing core. Not sure if that's true of bridles, but I've been told it's fairly common in headcollars. Something to be aware of if you use leather headcollars because they'll break in an emergency... they don't always.
14th Jun 2005, 04:37 PM
I've never used 'imported' leather as such, as Daddy buys jeffries tack for all of our horses - I think he is probably the companys best customer!
14th Jun 2005, 04:58 PM
i use english stuff! and occasionaly german stuff but not much else!
sarahc, you can get good english made bridles for £35 why would you need to buy a cheep imported one? harveys bridle cost me £35 includeing double reins! its lasted well over 10 years now and i havent taken the best care of it (when i first got it it was allowed to go mouldy over winter and was not cleaned very often, i now take much better care of it!) the only thing i have had to replace was a pair of reins as harvey chewed his!
the rest have jefferies bridles!
14th Jun 2005, 05:27 PM
Oh Jeffries! You gotta love 'em! :D ;) ;) ;)
14th Jun 2005, 07:08 PM
you can get good english made bridles for £35 why would you need to buy a cheep imported one?
:eek: I've never seen a good english leather one for that little!! The cheapest I've found over the last two or three years is about £60.
14th Jun 2005, 07:18 PM
i got harveys from a lovely littel tack store at beeston market, ive been back there several times and reacently when pride broke his bridle i bought him anouther one! the cob size was £40!
14th Jun 2005, 08:09 PM
Blimey!! We have a beeston round here...but I don't suppose you mean the nottinghamshire one?!!
14th Jun 2005, 08:12 PM
no sorry the cheshire one though!
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