June 11, 2015

First World Problem: Browband Bling vs. Afro

A common problem that Fjord owners have is finding a bridle that actually fits.  Ypke typically takes an oversize noseband, cob check pieces, a full browband, and pony reins.  It isn't easy to find an off the rack bridle that suitably fits her.  Often times, I have to mix and match various sizes which means different colors, stitching types, leather qualities, etc.  That is where Flexible Fit Equestrian stepped in and kindly sent me their Mix & Match Bridle.  This model allows you to select pieces in your desired size and choose from a wide variety of noseband and browband styles -- it is like the Build-a-Bear of bridles!
Bling browband

Ypke has always had Plain Jane browbands because I have never been able to justify getting her all blinged out. Flexible Fit has over 50 blingy browbands to choose from when you are building a bridle, and I probably spent over half an hour deliberating over what to choose. After consulting several people, I finally chose one. When it arrived, I was blown away by how much it sparkles, even when there isn't direct sunlight.
Bling browband

Upon receiving the bridle I was faced with a completely first world dilemma - styling Ypke's poofy afro to show off the shine.  You see, Ypke's typical hairstyle completely defeats the purpose of a blinged out browband.

Fjord horse head
Case in point

So, I'm turning to you, dear readers, to weigh in on what looks best while still not hiding every last sparkle .

Flexible Fit Equestrian dressage bridle
Hair tucked under (Option #1)

Flexible Fit Equestrian dressage bridle
Ponytail (Option #2)

Flexible Fit Equestrian dressage bridle
Braid (Option #3)
 
Comment below (or on Facebook - whichever medium you prefer) whether you think 1, 2, or 3 showcases the Flexible Fit browband sparkle the best. If you are a mad whiz at hairstyling and think the above three are a disgrace, what would you suggest?
 
Stay tuned for an official review on the bridle!


21 comments:

  1. Oooooh, so sparkly! I would have to go with the braid!

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  2. That browband looks stunning on her! I too vote for the braid. :)

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    1. Thank you! That's what I am thinking now too! :)

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  3. Hairstyling has never been my skill, so I can't provide any insight into new suggestions. However, I think that the braid looks really cute on Ypke and it shows of the browband quite well.

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    1. Thank you! The braid is probably my choice as well.

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  5. option #3 ftw. she looks wonderful in that browband!

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    1. Thanks! I think I will have to stick with bling browbands as opposed to plain from now on!

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    1. I think we have a winner... That makes 6 votes for the braid!

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  7. I like the braid! I think it's awesome that you can order bridles with mixed sized pieces. Iw irk for someone who rides mules, and the brow bands are never big enough; her mule with a cob head needs a warmblood brow band.

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    1. The struggle is definitely real! It is very handy to be able to mix and match the sizes.

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  8. definitely braid or ponytail!! she looks quite pleased with herself too... lol what a mare :P

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    1. Haha, she loves to model! I'm thinking the braid too.

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  9. Beautiful bridle! I have a similar , but with red ornaments :-)

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  10. #3! How's the leather quality on the bridle? It looks lovely! And bling!

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    1. I am pleasantly surprised about the quality of the leather! The gel padding is nice and squishy, and the leather itself is nice and supple. I will have more details up later this week :)

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