Kavalkade Bridle Review
|Eyes off the mud, friends. We're focused on the bridle here. The bridle, and the cuteness. Always the cuteness.|
To start, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the bridle out of the box.
|New tack is always so exciting!|
Like a kid playing with the box instead of the toy, I found the velcro keepers wrapped around the bridle the best part of the whole thing. I've actually used them a ton to keep my double bridle from tangling with the other strap goods on my bridle rack. Maybe don't buy this bridle for them, but they are really handy, so don't throw them away either!
|Padded cutout monocrown and uber fancy browband.|
My initial plan was to pull the drop noseband off this bridle and put it on Bast's Eponia bridle. I would then put the plain caveson on the Kavalkade and it would become Pig's new snaffle bridle. Until this point I'd been riding him in the double or his old Frankenbridle. I figured he'd appreciate having something new to himself.
|It fits the orange boy!|
|I think it's maybe too wide over his nose? Or something. Basically it sits weird.|
Then we went to a show and I put the nicer looking Eponia flash noseband on the bridle again. No one needs that many clashing metals and styles in their photos, after all. I noticed no real difference in Bast with the flash vs the drop, so I left the flash on the bridle and continued his schooling as normal.
Down a bridle, I thanked myself for hoarding them. Quickly I reassembled the Kavalkade with its original setup and fit it for Bast.
|Not a bad fit here, either!|
|Drop noseband doing its job, and not looking too ugly.|
|Note: Raised the noseband up since writing this and am much happier with the fit. However, straps are still super close to his eyes.|
|Ugh. Strap so close to his eye, and keeper undone AGAIN.|
If you're in the market for a less expensive monocrown drop option (and there are not many!), I can recommend this bridle. I may continue to school in the drop even if I get the Eponia cheek pieces. I feel like it's such a helpful tool with a young horse learning about contact. I can feel how much he's improved and begun responding to my hand over the last month. Once he's educated we can go back to the plain or flash noseband instead.
|The unicorn approves of this bridle. And Liz, I suppose. ;)|