Originally, the traditional styled bridles (English, Euro and Stockhorse) were designed to be used for well educated horses who respond to light rein pressure.
But with more people changing to bitless, a wider variety of horses are being educated with these styles so a more robust bridle is required.
We actually recommend the rope Natural LightRider as a better choice for education, but we can't dictate a customer's preference for a certain look!
The new English, Euro and Stockhorse style LightRider bridles now look the same as the bitless noseband on a regular bridle that has lower cheek piece buckles for holding the bit.
This offers the choice of being able to use a bit (for the transition phase or competition) making the bridle more versatile, and enables parts of the bridle to be easily replaced.
We will always have the stitched on nosebands available for the biothane range in the custom (Tasmanian made) version for those that prefer not having the additional cheek buckles. Beta Biothane is a much stronger material, so stitching holds better than with leather. Custom biothane bridles are available by pre-ordering with a 2-3 week manufacturing time.
Please check the description of each bridle in the online store, to see which combinations are available in the new style as new stock arrives.
LightRider Stockhorse Bridle in English Leather with stainless steel fittings.
The LightRider Stockhorse bitless bridles in English leather are on sale now at 20% off. Were $149 - now $119.
These are the original style with a stitched noseband and only recommended for educated horses that respond to light rein pressure. Save $30 on this beautiful leather bridle that looks and feels great, and is one of the most comfortable traditionally styled bitless bridles. Available here in black and brown, cob, full and warmblood size (black only).
Best bridle I've ever owned
"My pony has a dropped palette so can't have a bit in his mouth. He is really happy in this bridle. All the things you can do with a normal bridle you can do in a LightRider bridle. The quality of the leather is excellent. I wouldn't swap this bridle for anything else. The sizing is perfect for my pony. I'm in the UK and the bridle arrived within five days. Also thought the price was good too." Review Posted by Jane on 24th Jul 2014.