10 must-have grackle bridles for your tack room

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  • Horse & Hound's buying guides feature the best kit on the market. This week we bring you 10 of the best grackle bridles

    BR Grantham grackle bridle

    1. BR grantham

    This symmetric bridle has an anatomically formed headpiece with a soft padded lining. The browband and two-ring grackle noseband are round raised and feature a soft leather lining. The sheepskin nose pad is detachable and has been decorated with ton-sur-ton stitching. The bridle has either silver or brass-coloured round buckles depending on colour choice. It is supplied without reins. Available in black or tobacco. Sizes cob and full.
    RRP: £84.95
    Visit: www.br.nl

    Amerigo Vespucci grackle bridle

    2. Amerigo vespucci

    This bridle includes some unique features. The grackle noseband has a longer leather pad where the straps cross to prevent movement and the bridle has hexagonally shaped metal rings to direct the noseband at all times, which rest on leather pads to prevent rubbing. Available in black, brown, aged oak or newmarket. Sizes cob and full.
    RRP: £224
    Visit: www.zebraproducts.co.uk or call 01352 763350

    Equipe grackle bridle with Clinchered browband

    3. Equipe with clinchered browband

    This Sedgwick leather bridle features a clincher browband and ‘No Stress’ headpiece to ease pressure on the poll area. The central disc of the grackle noseband is styled in Italian leather and incorporates a sheepskin pad. Both the throatlash and noseband have a double buckle system to ensure a good fit and balance. The bridle is finished with stainless steel buckles and contrast stitching and comes complete with matching reins. Available in black, brown and red-brown. Sizes cob and full.
    RRP: £298
    Visit: www.zebraproducts.co.uk or call 01352 763350

    Kate Negus Saddlery’s grackle bridle

    4. kate negus with clencher


    This bespoke bridle is made from quality English leather and is designed to fit both your horse’s size and your personal taste. The high ring grackle features sheepskin padding where the noseband crosses and the bridle is supplied with a padded browband. Regular and grand prix padded headpieces are available. Available in black and chestnut. Sizes cob and full.
    RRP: from £180
    Visit: www.katenegus.com or call 0780 115 0571

    Silver Crown grackle bridle with La Baule headpiece

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    This bespoke bridle allows customers to mix and match their order to accommodate both the horse and personal requirements. The pictured combination incorporates the padded ‘La Baule’ headpiece, which evenly spreads pressure. The padded grackle noseband is adjustable under the chin to prevent twisting, while ensuring optimum comfort. The bridle is complete with Silver Crown Flexible reins. Available in black, brown and tan. Sizes mid cob to mid full.
    RRP: £233
    Visit: www.shadowhorse.co.uk or call 01628 302301

    Caldene grackle bridle

    7. caldene

    This ‘Black Label’ grackle bridle is hand crafted from good quality leather. The bridle is treated with a specialised conditioning formula to prevent cracking, making the leather soft, supple and up to 30% stronger. The bridle comes complete with plain reins. Available in black and havana. Sizes pony, cob and full.
    RRP: £105
    Visit: www.caldene.co.uk or call 01274 711011

    Kincade grackle bridle

    8. kincade

    This bridle features a grackle ring noseband, billet cheek pieces and stainless steel fittings. The bridle is complete with rubber reins. Available in black or brown. Sizes pony to warmblood.
    RRP: £40
    Visit: Leading saddlery stores

    GFS grackle bridle

    9. gfs

    This grackle bridle features a raised browband and brass jumping clips, making it ideal for everyday or competition use. The bridle comes complete with rubber reins. Available in black or havana. Sizes pony to full.
    RRP: £59
    Visit: www.gfsriding.co.uk

    Pessoa grackle bridle

    10. pessoa

    This bridle features a shaped, padded headpiece that alleviates pressure points across the horses’ poll by evenly distributing the pressure. The noseband fastens to the headpiece on both sides, reducing any stress caused by pulling the noseband tight. The noseband is also padded to provide the horse with maximum comfort. Available in black or Havana. Sizes cob and full.
    RRP: £125
    Visit: www.gfsriding.co.uk

    The Elevator Performance Mexican grackle bridle

    11. Elevator Mexican Grackle

    This bridle is made from quality English leather. The bridle incorporates the classic shaped, padded headpiece, which protects the sensitive poll area. It also features a raised padded browband and a grackle style noseband with sheepskin padding. There is a choice of reins and alternative browbands available. Available in black, havana or nut. Sizes cob to extra full.
    RRP: £175
    Visit: www.elevator.gg

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