If you show your horse in dressage classes, whether you are in schooling shows or recognized USDF shows, this bridle will give you an extra edge on the competition. It's incredible quality and suppleness of the leather makes your horse comfortable while giving a beautiful finished look. It includes a flash band (goes over the nose so the horse keeps its mouth closed during your ride for those of you new to the dressage world), which is also very good quality, but is not padded-they usually aren't. The noseband is a crank style, but it is very soft and gentle on the horse. The browband features beautiful clear crystals that really show off your horse's face and give that little extra oomph without going over the edge. When you add too much "Bling" to your show wardrobe it can really start to look ridiculous, so this bridle is perfect for adding the extra frame to the face without looking goofy. The only thing I didn't like about this bridle is the web reins that come with it. I would rather replace those with some sleek leather reins to complete the look. I do use the ones that came with the bridle in the first place, though, for shows and for backup. They are a little shorter than I'd like to see.
I've gotten SEVERAL compliments on this bridle-it's a really lovely piece that I'm sure had improved my scores when the judge was wavering between numbers. Lots of people ask where I got it-for a relatively low price, this bridle is definitely a good buy!