In most cases, it's probably a matter of aesthetics, where browbands with glitter, Swarovski crystals, or pearls provide a very elegant appearance and elevate the bridle to another level, even though a simple leather browband is not to be underestimated. There can also be value in it as all horses have different anatomies, where a longer or shorter browband than the one included may be needed to achieve the perfect fit.Read more
Important things to consider when buying browbandsIt's increasingly common for bridles to be anatomically designed, which has led many bridle manufacturers to produce bridles with wider crownpieces. This means that browbands designed for ""classic"" crownpieces, which are slightly narrower, may not fit on such bridles. There are different options available, some designed for use with anatomical bridles, while others are intended for use with classic designs. Therefore, it's a good idea to take an extra look at the bridle it will be used on to ensure that the browband you purchase fits properly.
Different embellishments and color choicesGenerally, there are two basic colors: black and brown, made of leather or synthetic leather. Black is somewhat easier to match, while brown may require a closer look at the shade to ensure it matches the bridle it will be used on. If you can choose a browband from the same manufacturer as your bridle, it increases the chances of a good match. Otherwise, browband manufacturers are often skilled at producing shades that go well with many bridles. In addition to color, there are various embellishments, which are often the reason for changing browbands.
Some of the popular embellishments include:
- Swarovski crystals – Often the most beautiful browbands, they sparkle in the sunlight and breathe new life into an older bridle or elevate a newer one. The price tag is usually higher, so these browbands are often reserved for competitions.
- Bling/glitter – "Bling" is commonly used as a collective term for browbands that sparkle, whether it's crystals, glitter, or other types of stones that make them shine beautifully and create an elegant look. This type of embellishment is often more affordable than genuine Swarovski and is a perfect choice for competitions or training.
- Pearls – Pearls have been trendy at times and are a bit more discreet than the aforementioned options while providing an elegant and stylish design.
- Klinkers – These work well in all situations and never go out of style. They are often available in both brass and silver to match the buckles on bridles and nosebands. A cost-effective option to elevate the bridle.