I've been casually tossing around the idea of trying a flash on Connor for a while. I've never liked them, but the little dude has shown a serious preference for the Micklem being one hole tighter than usual lately.
|I do love the look of a Micklem on his head though.|
Since the Micklem chin strap isn't really designed for that, and my Micklem is starting to fall apart anyway, I started looking for a cheap flash bridle I could experiment with. Enter a Smartpak sale + $25 in credit I've had sitting in my account for months, and I ended up with this:
|FBR always happy to ridiculously model things for me.|
The Plymouth Dressage Bridle by Smartpak. Sure, I'd love something anatomic, but I'm also just a couple of months away from my truck being paid off, so....tradeoffs! Did I expect the heavens to magically open up when I opened the bag? No, it's a cheap freakin bridle, but then again...it's a cheap freakin bridle. I only paid $35 for it. If Connor decides he hates it, I'm not out a ton of money.
The first night I rode in it, Connor was just blah. Woke up on the wrong side of the bed, not interested in playing your reindeer games, blah. Complicated by the fact that I was riding in big bulky non-riding gloves, and I tried out the reins that came with the new bridle just to see what riding with actual Cob length reins feels like (they're terrible, 0/10 do not buy).
But then my trainer said she rode him across the street in the field yesterday, and he was awesome. Really enjoyed himself and went really well after she got him going straight. We'll see how he feels in my ride tonight.
Anyone else ride in this bridle? Anyone moved from a Micklem back to a traditional bridle?