For the longest time, I have read rave reviews of the Micklem Multibridle and Micklem Competition Bridle--people say their horses are softer, less fussy, more accepting of contact, and so on and so forth. They're both very reasonably priced, but for someone (like yours truly) who barely has two dimes to rub together, they're completely out of budget. So, when I found a brand-spankin' new black oversize Competition Bridle on ebay for a steal, I jumped at it.
Salem seems less than thrilled with it :-/
Shown here with my Stubben copper oval-mouth boucher bit
I don't think it's particularly flattering on Salem's face, but
I'm not worried about that--if it makes him softer and happier, it could be
(semi)hideous and I wouldn't care
Of course, Salem is more interested in his grain bin
I also tried it on him with a Korsteel plastic mullen eggbutt bit
I'm not sure which one he prefers, but with both bits there was lots of this:
Dressage girth: Not yet
Dressage leathers: Nope
Dressage pad: Nada
Eventing safety vest in case I fall on coral rock and break myself: Negative
So, I have most of the large purchases out of the way and I mainly need to buy little stuff. I'm only sort of kidding about the vest, although it would be a nice thing to have. Certainly, I will buy one eventually, but I'm not going to put off riding just because I don't have one.
We're getting there!
P.S. My Premier Equine Air-Cooled Eventing Boots are somehow still available!