Though I’m certainly a long way off from entering a show ring of any sort, I would certainly like to dabble in some silly little hunter on the flat classes locally. I’ve been looking for a bridle that’s within my budget (<$150) but also padded, fancy stitch, and with an anatomic crown. Ovation is the only brand I’ve seen that fits the bill.
My 15 yo 15.1 grulla QH mare has a short head, so the only bridles she fits in are cob size. The Ovation bridle I like that’s in a good price range has a wide noseband. What are your thoughts on wide nosebands in the hunter ring, especially on a shorter (not necessarily more petite) head?
I’ve also looked for D ring bits for my mare. She hates nutcracker action in her mouth with the current bit; if I’m very soft with my hands (i.e. no contact at all), she’s fine, but I’d rather find a bit I could maintain contact and be comfy. However, I fear that if she had a plain Mullen, she’d lose her breaks. Any thoughts on these two bits I’m considering? One is a Herm Sprenger loose ring (so not overly useful outside of schooling) and the other a Myler ported. Both are quite expensive. Any other suggestions for bits are welcome. She’s a chewer at the moment, so happy mouth type bits are not really an option.
Thank you in advance!