So today I finally received Bella’s new bridle, bit and standing martingale. After debating over a couple different products and suppliers, I ended up going a more economy route and got the most for my money at Chick’s Saddlery. They have a LOT of discounted stuff, and I really love the new bridle I bought. I was worried at first because the picture looks “fake” and doesn’t show you how it really looks, and seeing that it was only like $21.. I was prepared for a lot worse lol! It actually is very nice, it’s a nice havana brown color and the first thing I noticed; don’t laugh, is the SMELL. It smells, SO good! It obviously is oiled prior to purchase, the leather feels pretty nice, and the rich smell of oiled bridlery is very prominent. The hardware doesn’t seem the greatest, but overall it is a very nice bridle, and will fit any budget. It also comes with braided leather reins, which further reminds me to get a move on getting another pair of gloves.
I also decided to make Bella’s first bit a french link eggbutt. I also had to order a new aforementioned bridle in Cob size because her head is too dainty for my full size horse bridles. The bit was on discount for $15, it seems of good quality. I however do not like the standing martingale I received, it is VERY bulky and the leather is stiff; doesn’t feel oiled or as well quality as even the bridle. It is made by Silver Fox, not a fan at all! I am probably going to return the martingale before the end of the week.
Overall, I feel the bridle would’ve been worth it, but I also won on the bit too. Tomorrow we will see how she takes to having a bridle put on. It will probably be pretty uneventful.
As a reminder everyone about how awesome Thoroughbreds are… my boyfriend who is NOT horse savvy at all, was able to go out to the barn while I was at work, put her halter on, lead her to a paddock, remove the halter, and then after cleaning her stall get her to come back over to him so he could put the halter back on and take her in. He also put her in the cross ties and brushed her mane, forelock and body. He wasn’t brave enough to pick the hooves, but I think it says a lot about how she is being a 2 year old horse who hasn’t even been ridden. I really am looking forward to training this filly, and things like this remind me of my expectations.
Good night for now, I’m sure an update will ensue tomorrow with news on how the bridling went. I also may start lunging with the saddle on, at a walk of course. Tomorrow will tell!