Horse and Pony Browbands for Show and Hobby Riding

The vast majority of bridles use a browband for stability, which in its simplest form is made of leather, matching the bridle. However, for various reasons, you may want to replace the browband with something more exciting.
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In most cases, the choice of browband decoration, whether it's adorned with glitter, Swarovski crystals, or pearls, is primarily a matter of aesthetics. These decorative elements provide an elegant appearance and can elevate the overall look of the bridle. However, a simple leather browband should not be underestimated, as it can have its own classic charm. Additionally, there can be practical value in choosing a browband with different decorations, as all horses have different anatomies. In some cases, a longer or shorter browband than the one included with the bridle may be needed to achieve the perfect fit.

Important Considerations When Purchasing a Browband

It's becoming increasingly common for bridles to be anatomically designed, which has led many bridle manufacturers to produce bridles with wider crownpieces. As a result, browbands designed for "classic" crownpieces, which are slightly narrower, may not fit properly on such bridles. There are different browband options available, some designed for use with anatomical bridles, while others are intended for use with classic bridle designs. Therefore, it's essential to take an extra look at the bridle you intend to use the browband with to ensure that the purchased browband fits properly.

Different Decorations and Color Choices

Generally, browbands come in two basic colors: black and brown, made of either leather or synthetic leather. Black is somewhat easier to match, while brown may require a closer look at the shade to ensure it complements the bridle it will be used on. Choosing a browband from the same manufacturer as your bridle can increase the chances of a good color match. However, browband manufacturers are often skilled at producing shades that go well with many different bridles. In addition to color, there are various embellishments available, which are often the reason for changing or upgrading browbands.

Some popular embellishments include:

  • Swarovski Crystals: Browbands adorned with Swarovski crystals are often considered the most beautiful. These crystals sparkle in the sunlight and can breathe new life into an older bridle or enhance the elegance of a newer one. However, they tend to come with a higher price tag and are often reserved for competitions.
  • Bling/Glitter: The term "bling" is often used collectively for browbands that add a sparkling effect, whether through crystals, glitter, or other types of stones. This embellishment option provides a beautiful shine and an elegant look. Bling decorations are typically more affordable than genuine Swarovski crystals and are suitable for both competitions and training.
  • Pearls: Pearls have had their moments of trendiness and offer a more understated decoration option compared to the aforementioned choices. They provide an elegant and stylish design to the browband.
  • Klinkers: Klinkers are versatile and never go out of style. They are often available in both brass and silver to match the buckles on bridles and nosebands. Choosing klinkers can be a cost-effective way to enhance the overall look of the bridle.
Ultimately, the choice of decoration and color for your browband depends on your personal style preferences and the intended use, whether it's for everyday riding, training, or competitions.
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