When I bought Jester in 2010, I hadn’t ridden in 6 years and had virtually nothing except a pair of paddock boots (shoutout to those Ariats that held up 9 LONG years) and a helmet (which was totally expired when I started re-riding, but I had kept it anyway for decoration). My husband was a lowly Corporal in the Marines (aka, paid less than minimum wage) and I had just started my first real job at a non profit (but at least paid minimum wage). So I had a Wintec saddle and a $20 eBay bridle to start with.
Eventually I upgraded to this little gem- I realized I desperately wanted to event again, so why not buy a bridle that literally had my preferred discipline in its name?
And that’s what I’ve used since 2011- minus the detachable flash because P doesn’t need it, and with my Thinline reins because webbed reins suck (to me).
Now that it’s 6 years later, the leather around the chin strap is starting to come apart. It still functions and holds just fine, and you can’t even see it, but I’ve gone 6 years with the same bridle. I want a new one.
So what does everyone recommend for a new jump bridle? Trying to keep it under $350, and I don’t care if it comes with reins as it would take a miracle to make me part with my TL reins.
These are a few I’m considering:
Main wants are durable leather that don’t require a lot of breaking in, a monocrown, and the ability to completely remove the flash.
Anything that I missed that I should definitely check out?