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Micklem bridle

Discussion in 'Tack & Saddlery' started by Laura82, Apr 17, 2018.

  1. Laura82

    Laura82 Member

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    hey its been a while since I've posted but finally getting everything back on track with my boy. He now has a new saddle YAY! so now I'm looking for a new bridle. He's currently in a grackle and it's due replacing and also is the wrong size for him.

    I've been looking at various bridles and was thinking about a micklem. What does everyone think of them?
     
  2. HaloHoney

    HaloHoney Well-Known Member

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    Marmite.

    Bought one the other week for my boy. It’s like he sighs with relief when I put him in it. Relaxed, happy, contact, forward.

    Mate wondered about one for her mare. She tried mine on to see - mare’s expression was GET IT OFF MY FACE.
     
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  3. newforest

    newforest She's not fat, she's too short :-)

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    There are people on here that use them.
    I haven't tried because she doesn't have a noseband.
     
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  5. MrC

    MrC https://m.facebook.com/MrKiasLife/

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    Kia loves his. Much happier in it.
     
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  6. Pete's Mum

    Pete's Mum Well-Known Member

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    I've been meaning to try one for Pete, but don't know anyone with a cob size one I can borrow!
     
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  7. newforest

    newforest She's not fat, she's too short :-)

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    You can hire I think.
    Or I would source ebay. If no good resell at what you paid.
     
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  8. domane

    domane Chatterbox

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    Really made a difference to Gracie and I don't do gimmicks!!!
     
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  9. Laura82

    Laura82 Member

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    I'm going to try him in one and see how he goes and if he likes it and goes well it means we are dressage legal :)
     
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    squidsin Well-Known Member

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    Angel has a Micklem and it's great.
     
  11. Laura82

    Laura82 Member

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    Ordered a bridle last night on a 30 day trial so gives me a fair chance to see how he goes in it :)
     
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    eventerbabe Well-Known Member

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    Will be interested to hear how you get on. I snapped one up second hand this week for my highland as our saddler rates them highly.
     
  13. Cortrasna

    Cortrasna Grumpy old nag

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    I desperately wanted to try one for Dolly - have a friend here who had several of them (she sells them) but we couldnt find any combination to fit Dolly with her ridiculously long head and strange cheek bones - she even spoke to Bill Micklem and there was no solution. she is as always, one in a million! :rolleyes: He did offer to custom make one - but the price gave me a fit of the vapours so I declined the offer despite a supposed generous discount - discount my a**e! :eek::D
    And sorry just edited to add - I was far from impressed with the quality of them anyway for the high price tag...very stiff leather.....not very comfortably padded or well designed on poll and browband as one is more used to seeing on modern bridles....but that is just my opinion :)
     
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  14. Laura82

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    Well we've been riding with it everyday and he's been a star. Also noticed we have no more face rubbing afterwards. Had a couple of days of him being an a**e and hyper but put that down to the new grass and not the bridle. The girl who rides him for me when I'm not about has jumped him in it and had no problems. Th small horse size fitted him no bother and it all sits really nicely. Overall really happy with it!
     
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    eml Moderator

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    We have an older one from when they were made from good leather! It gets used for schooling and xc
    since we discovered some dressage judges see them as a negattve.
     
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  16. newforest

    newforest She's not fat, she's too short :-)

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    Shame it's been changed and the price hasn't reflected the lack of current quality.
     
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  17. OwnedbyChanter

    OwnedbyChanter With out my boys life would be bland

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    Ginger hated it so did I I don’t like the way the leather goes round the bit I know it’s not a flash but to me it still looks like it stops the mouth opening naturally
     
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