Product Review: Flexible Fit Equestrian Mix and Match Bridle

Photo by Sally Spickard. Photo by Sally Spickard.

There is something about opening up a box full of brand new leather. The smell is intoxicating, and the great quality leather just feels like butter in your hands. This is how I felt when I received a package all the way from Australia from Flexible Fit Equestrian.

Flexible Fit was born of the concept of well-fitted, quality tack for our horses. And that thought process is evident when you first look at their equipment lines. The first item I tried was a Mix & Match bridle — essentially, you can buy a complete bridle by fitting it to your horse’s measurements and selecting the parts that will provide the most comfort.

Instead of a “one size fits all” concept using Cob, Full Size and Oversize terms, Flexible Fit will guide you through measuring your horse for each piece of the bridle, enabling you to truly achieve a custom fit without the hefty price tag.

I had sent my measurements for my horse to Flexible Fit, and right out of the box the bridle fit beautifully. The padded, thick noseband is different from what I am used to, but I quickly saw how much more comfort it seemed to provide and was sold. I love how the bottom of the noseband is also padded so that the pressure from the closure is not an issue.

Photo by Sally Spickard.

Photo by Sally Spickard.

The noseband also comes with a removable flash attachment — I don’t use a flash on my horse, so it was nice to be able to completely remove the attachment rather than have a loop hanging off of the noseband at all times.

The bridle is also a monocrown, which I love for the alleviation of poll pressure and, therefore, comfort for the horse. I’ve only ever ridden my horse in a monocrown bridle, but he really seems to go quietly in it and doesn’t fuss when I put it on.

As far as the quality of the leather is concerned, it’s to die for. Right out of the box, it’s supple and soft — but not soft to the point where you feel it will fall apart with heavy use. I ride in this bridle daily, and even use it on multiple horses sometimes, and have not seen any signs of wear or damage yet.

Photo by Sally Spickard.

Photo by Sally Spickard.

And let’s just talk about the reins. I tried the rubber reins, and they are literally unlike any other rubber rein I’ve had. I’m a big fan of this material, and it’s very flexible while still providing tons of grip. These are probably my favorite reins ever, and it’s hard to do them justice in a photo!

These reins, though. Photo by Sally Spickard.

These reins, though. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Flexible Fit Equestrian is currently distributed through Australia, but they are working on opening operations here in the States! In the meantime, they do offer flat rate international shipping, so it’s a great option for a custom fit bridle that’s oozing quality and class.

If you’re convinced, we are partnering up with Flexible Fit this week to give away a Mix and Match bridle of your own! Head over to this week’s Fab Freebie to enter now.

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