Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Horze Bridle: the Lormont

Horze.com sent me a Lormont bridle recently.  I've owned many bridles ranging from $40 to $350, and I have a good feel for what you get for your money bridle-wise. At a price point of $68, my expectations were modest. I was hoping this "entry level" bridle would not be stiff and cheap-looking as so many are. And as it happened, I needed a new bridle, as Riley broke the flash loop on my old Bobby bridle a  month or so ago.

The Horze Web site has many bridles to choose from, from bitless to racing, and the Lormont Bridle is probably one of their entry level dressage bridles.

What a pleasant surprise this bridle is! It features a soft padded, round raised nose and browband, a square shape, and brass fittings. I was interested in seeing how it fit Riley behind the ears -- the crown part is ergonomically shaped, with soft padding, and it hits the sweet spot. It comes with web reins with stoppers, but because I need long reins I didn't use them for Ri. 

The Lormont is a great, solid, bridle, with the added bonus of coming in an attractive style -- it would never have occurred to me to buy brass fittings, but the fittings are a soft gold and expensive-looking. The leather is soft but not mushy, and I like its light weight. 

The first few times I used it, I got many compliments -- now granted, my old bridle had  broken piece where the flash loop was partly detached (it was unsightly), but my trainer and several boarders all remarked on how much they liked the Lormont. I love the ergonomic headstall, even though I can't use my own beaded browband with it due to the larger loop-size it requies. I've ordered a new empty browband with the larger loops so I can bead him a new one. While I can live without the red Z branding (see image below), it is pretty much like all of the manufacturer logos on the headpiece. It does not stick out, particularly, next time I'd suggest they go for etched silver instead of red.

With bridles at this price point you can have issues early on -- cracking, dye bleeding, stretching, chipping of finish. While I can't speak to the bridle's durability long term, but after five rides no obvious issues are evident. For the price, it is a very nice bridle.

I think Riley looks stunning in it!

Note that the reins are mine (old, ugly, but extra long!)

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hackney Horse Koopman's Rumba & Alice Simpson, Woodbridge Dressage 2015 ...

Love this pair. I'd own this horse in a New York Minute! This video makes me happy -- seeing these two work together with such cheerfulness! The canter work is really lovely. I get the impression they've been partners awhile. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

My little sugar cubes

I've been going through sugar cubes like gangbusters, and the other night I stopped at Walmart to pick up some more. Well, they had no white sugar cubes but did have these Roland Rough Cut Demerara cubes, which I have seen at Whole Foods for a lot more $$.  I snapped it up for the boys, and it's pretty neat! Harder and less cube-like than white sugar cubes, it does not crumble as easily in your pocket. The aroma is stronger and also delightful. I read up on it.

 Demerara sugar is a large-grained, somewhat crunchy, raw sugar with origins in Guyana. Unlike brown sugar, which has the added molasses flavor, Demerara has a natural caramel-like flavor that hasn’t been refined out. Demerara sugar is also referred to as Turbinado sugar in many markets, which has more to do with how the sugar is processed in turbines, than where it originates.

It's just under $3 a box -- not bad!