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Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Princess Tries Out a New Tiara

I would not be described as a 'Tack Ho'. I tend to have one bridle per horse and use it for everything. When I first got Carmen I bought her a bridle. However, this summer it was clear that it was not the best fit for her head. Not that she complained but I wanted to replace it.

I spent this summer trying to find something that appealed to me. When you prefer to be on the bargain side of things this presents some difficulties. Plus I'm fussy. I don't like things over the top but I didn't want really plain either.

This pretty head deserves a pretty bridle


Two weeks ago I was killing time on Facebook when an ad popped up for a company called Solo Equine. I clicked on it and was surprised to find out that it was a Canadian site. The website promised quality leather for reasonable prices and a money back guarantee. I liked the photos of the 'Solo Silhouette' bridle and it was on sale for $155.  Acting on impulse I decided to buy it:

photo from the website


As I was paying I realized that this company was just weeks old so I was taking a real chance. It also had 'patent leather' accents and I was worried that I was getting something that would look plastic and cheap.

I needn't have worried. The communication from point of purchase to arrival was excellent. I was messaged when it was ordered, filled, sent (with a tracking number) and two messages that it had been delivered. I knew it arrived when I received a text from Ed "what did you order". 

I came home and did my chores first before opening the box. I was so impressed with it right out of the box. The leather was of lovely quality.

It was still a bit stiff and new so I put it together to see how it looked. I was happy with it- I didn't think that the patent was too much. I thought that Carmen might appreciate the tiara:


After dinner I headed out to try it on. I didn't add the bit - I just wanted to see if the head pieces fit.

I think that it fits quite well:

what are you doing to me? 
Shortly after I took this photo she shook her head her mane popped out. I had to laugh. As you can see the nose band needs to form a bit.
I need cookies if I'm going to model

As you can see it comes with a flash attachment but I suspect I will be cutting that holder piece off.


I like how it tapered on the side - it shows off her refined head.

To be honest I liked everything about this bridle, except for the reins. It came with the cotton reins but I will just swap out mine.

I brought it back to the house and conditioned the leather. It's now hanging up and waiting for use. If you are looking for some tack I would suggest that you check out Solo Equine (and no, I'm not getting anything for this post).

Now if I could just get the weather to cooperate....

41 comments:

  1. Very nice, quite a suitable tiara for the princess! Though I think she'd make any piece of tack look good.

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  2. Hmmm, I don't even get why they'd sell a nice leather bridle then send it with cotton reins. Everyone has their own preference of course; mine is leather reins. Preferably braided with shoo flies at the ends. I have never like rawhide at all either because of the stiffness & also because of how they feel when it rains.

    When we raced we had some harness sets of biothane which performed quite well (but would tend to crack along the buckles after about a year, mind you they got heavy, HEAVY wear); I personally could never get used to the feel of the lines though.

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    1. I like basic black leather reins with lacing. I was surprised about the reins too. But they will go in my trailer as 'back up' in case there's a breakage. I like to travel with extra tack.

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  3. I've been eyeing up their halter so it's good to know they seem to be a decent company.

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  4. Its beautiful! I'm like you, I have one bridle for my horses and use it for training, schooling and showing. Lucy came to me with a beautiful bridle sporting a tiara worthy browband - so we school in style. I just hope that light glinting off the browband crystals don't blind your trolls...

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    1. I hope it does blind the trolls- maybe like a laser shooter on her forehead! :D

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  5. Not to be a broken record, but how is Guinness doing? I miss him!!

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    1. He's doing great. I'll put an update in my next post.

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  6. Carmen looks beautiful in her new tiara! Every princess deserves her very own bling.

    Wish our weather would cooperate too. We had 24 inches of snow two days ago and it's getting annoying to clean it up.

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    1. 24 inches is far too much for March! I need spring!

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  7. ooooh it looks great on her! i like the look of a 'horse wearing a bridle' vs a 'bridle wearing a horse.' this checks off all the right boxes!

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    1. thank you. I'm very pleased with it.

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    1. For sure. And when we show I can use the diamonds to dazzle the judge. ;)

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  9. It's beautiful, and looks gorgeous on her. Nice find!

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    1. thanks. I love finding Canadian deals!

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  10. I think that Carmen would look gorgeous in anything, but she definitely looks beautiful in it! Thanks for the tip on the tack site! I'm not really a tack ho either so my ancient bridle collection could use an update.

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    1. ha. Your princess could use some diamonds of her own.

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  11. It looks beautiful! She is such a pretty girl!

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  12. Oh, I LOVE new tack. It's a weakness, though, like you, I only have one bridle per horse. It looks lovely and is a definitely in the tiara category with all those diamonds!! The slave did well for her royalness.

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  13. Very good choice it looks very nice on her! A little blingy never hurts :)

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    1. Maybe it's having a mare but I find I'm moving the blingy side of things.

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  14. Very cute! I am not a patent leather person, though this looks quite nice on her.
    In response to your cool calorie question, I really like it. It does not make App hot or energetic. I think it does in fact put weight on him, and he is a hard keeper esp in his older years. Good luck!

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  15. She looks really sharp in that and I like the patent leather on her. Very regal.

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  16. That's so pretty and I really like it on her! I've been really loving some of the patent bridles I've been seeing so at some point I may need to invest in a second bridle just so that Katai can have one lol

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  17. I'm not a fan of a lot of bridles but this one look REALLY good on Carmen. Great choice.

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  18. Very blingy! I tied my noseband with some fabric to mush it into the correct shape.

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