Over time, though, I've noticed that Nimo's manners on the trails have improved and that his main issues tend to be related more to going forward than to needing to be restrained, so I thought that maybe he would do OK in just a regular bridle with no noseband for our trail rides. And I really liked the idea of having biothane tack because I totally suck at cleaning tack. Having something that only needed to be wiped off with water seemed like a much better fit for my cleaning skills. And then let's talk about the colors. Living in the dressage world, where "color" is defined as muted gray, navy, and beige, the idea of having something with blue or red or green really appealed to me.
But there were so many colors and designs, that I had trouble figuring out what to get. I knew I wanted something with a halter component so I could take off the bit at holds, but beyond that I was stuck. Should I get the Ride - N - Tie Bridle? Should I get a regular halter and headstall to wear together? Should I get a halter bridle, which was basically just a halter with a browband and bit hangers? Or should I get one of the sidepulls or hackamores with bit hangers and see if I could train Nimo to eventually be ridden without a bit? And what about the overlays and the colors and the overlay/color combinations? Gaaaa! It made my head hurt.
Eventually, though, I was able to settle on something. I knew I wanted a halter, so I started with that. Then, I decided against having a browband, as mouth-watering as they look. Nimo's forelock is pretty substantial, and I knew it would just cover up the gorgeousness. Instead, I recalled my western pleasure days where I showed with a double ear bridle. I still have the headstall because I love the double ear look. I saw on the website that there was a one ear headstall, so I wondered if I could have a double ear halter with bit hangers. As it turns out, the answer is yes. I called Amanda, and explained what I was looking for, and she said she could do it. Yippee! The other thing I needed to choose was a color. I already knew I wanted one of the overlays that Amanda offers for the ears and reins, and I just kept coming back to the Fire Dance overlay with royal blue beta as the base. So, that was what I got. And for good measure, I added in the Horse Shoe Brand stainless steel hardware for some extra bling:)
I needed to order the bridle in a custom size for Nimo's giant head, but I couldn't believe how fast Amanda made the bridle and shipped it to me. I think the whole time from ordering to receiving it was about 2 weeks. So without further ado, here's Nimo's fantastic new bridle: