The bridle you use is an essential part of your horse’s tack because it is a key line of communication between you and your horse. Ensuring it fits well and they’re comfortable is crucial. Buying an off-the-peg bridle is the option for most and this brings some potential limitations on fit, as all horses are unique in their head shape — and many aren’t symmetrical. These factors all add to the potential issues of getting a good and comfortable fit.

Your Horse’s testers have been using a selection of off-the-peg bridles over three months and assessed them for fit, performance and value for money. Each bridle is giving a mark out of 5 for each of these areas, giving each an overall score out of 15. Each horse bridle has been used on three horses: two Thoroughbreds and a Warmblood. Find out how each bridle fared, and which two tied for the prestigious title of ‘Best in Test’, below…

1. Felix Bühler Bridle Anatomical Vision Space

Felix Bühler Bridle Anatomical Vision Space

Felix Bühler Bridle Anatomical Vision Space

Colours: Black, brown

Sizes: Cob, full

Buying in the UK? RRP £99.90 Purchase here European shipping available 

Fit: 4.5 stars

This bridle fits nicely with plenty of adjustment. It’s a little different from other bridles as the height of the noseband is adjusted at the top of the headpiece. The bit is fitted on to straps that hang off the noseband and cut-back cheekpiece, and there’s no throatlash, which took a bit of getting used to. It took time for the noseband to mould to the shape of the horse. The wide, shaped and padded headpiece fits well around the ears.

Performance: 5 stars

All three horses that wore this bridle went well in it. Two of our test horses seemed happier and accepted the contact better in this bridle than in their usual one. All the adjustment options, including buckles, are set away from the horse’s face and sensitive areas, especially the headpiece buckles. All areas in contact with the horse’s face are well padded. The leather is good quality and cleans up nicely.

Value for money: 5 stars

A lovely bridle at an excellent price.

Total score: 14.5 — BEST IN TEST!


2. Cathedral Equine Ludford Snaffle Bridle

Cathedral Equine Ludford Snaffle Bridle

Cathedral Equine Ludford Snaffle Bridle

Colours: Black

Sizes: Pony, cob, full, x-full

Buying in the UK? RRP £108.99 (including webbed reins) Purchase here European shipping available 

Fit: 5

A great-fitting bridle with plenty of adjustment, it fitted all of our three test horses nicely. The headpiece is nicely shaped so that it fits neatly around the back of your horse’s ears. It’s also padded for additional comfort. The browband is a good size and slightly shaped too.

Performance: 4.5

This bridle is definitely eye-catching, with a clear crystal browband and a crocodile and patent noseband. It looks really nice on the horse. It did take a few wears for the noseband to mould. I’m not the biggest fan of webbing reins but I think I’m converted — I really like these; they are easy to hold and give good grip too.

The bridle cleans up well apart from the leather on the back of the browband – it’s a little rough and grease is tricky to remove.

Value for money: 5

If you like bling you won’t go wrong with this bridle. Surprised by the price — thought it would be more expensive.

Total score: 14.5 — BEST IN TEST!


3. Luxe of London Badminton Anatomical Flat Double Bridle

Luxe of London Badminton Anatomical Flat Double Bridle

Luxe of London Badminton Anatomical Flat Double Bridle

Colours: Black, London tan

Sizes: Pony, cob, full, x-full

Buying in the UK? RRP £395 (reins £140.40 when bought with bridle) Purchase here International shipping available 

Fit: 5

This bridle fits beautifully — there’s plenty of adjustment so you can get the best possible fit for each individual horse. The headpiece and noseband are reinforced with a Luxesorb gel that moulds to your horse’s head shape.

Performance: 5

The leather is so soft — no breaking in or moulding required. It sits nicely on all the horses that wore it. The crystal browband and patent noseband are a smart combination. Only two of our test horses work in a double bridle; both seemed comfortable and worked well in this bridle. It takes little cleaning — a quick wipe over and the grease is gone and it looks great. It also arrives in a lovely presentation box.

Value for money: 4

There’s no doubt that this is a quality bridle with features that are designed to add comfort. All this comes at a price. It’s expensive, but if you’re looking for a quality double bridle, you won’t go wrong with this one.

Total score: 14


4. Collegiate Comfort Crown Padded Raised Flash Bridle

Collegiate Comfort Crown Padded Raised Flash Bridle

Collegiate Comfort Crown Padded Raised Flash Bridle

Colours: Black, brown

Sizes: Pony, cob, full, Warmblood

Buying in the UK? RRP £116.99 (including rubber reins) Purchase here

Buying in Europe? RRP €150 (including rubber reins) Purchase here

Fit: 4

This is a good fit and true to size. There’s enough adjustment lengthwise although the height of the noseband is adjustable on only one side. Also, the noseband fastening was a little short for my horse — I could only get it onto the second hole. The browband is a good size and doesn’t pull the headpiece forward onto the horse’s ears. The throatlash is a generous length and is only adjustable on one side – it proved long on the two Thoroughbred testers.

Performance: 5

A smart looking bridle that didn’t take long to soften and mould to the horse’s head shape. It cleans up well. The horses that tested this bridle all went well in it with no signs of discomfort or resistance whether hacking out or schooling. It’s nicely padded on the headpiece and the rubber reins are good quality and are comfortable to use.

Value for money: 4.5

Good value for a smart quality bridle.

Total score: 13.5


5. Equipe Emporio Raised Flash Bridle

Equipe Emporio Raised Flash Bridle

Equipe Emporio Raised Flash Bridle

Colours: Black, brown, Newmarket, red brown

Sizes: Pony, cob, full

Buying in the UK? RRP £95 (€110.34; $120.58) (reins not included) Purchase here

Fit: 5 stars

This bridle is true to size and fitted each test horse well. The leather is soft and supple, so it moulds instantly to the horse. There’s plenty of adjustment so a full-size bridle like the one tested fits a variety of different horses.

Performance: 4.5

There are no standout special features on this bridle — it’s a classic style. The noseband and browband are well padded but not too bulky, which looked good especially on a lighter framed horse. There is no padding to the headpiece and the noseband strap passes under the headpiece — again a more traditional style, but the headpiece sits neatly over the top of the horse’s head. All three horses who wore this bridle appeared to be happy wearing it — no signs of resistance. The leather is excellent quality and easy to keep clean — it still looks like new.

Value for money: 4 stars

Good value for a classic, quality bridle, but it doesn’t come with reins.

Total score: 13.5


Mark Todd Performance Flash Bridle

In a separate test, one of Your Horse’s testers have also used and reviewed the Mark Todd Performance Flash Bridle. Our tester said it is “a stylish looking bridle that’s true to size” and “well worth the money”. Read more here.

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