The Best Smith Worthington Bridles

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In 2021, The Smith-Worthington Saddlery Co. closed its doors after 227 wonderful years of service. It’s sad, but the best Smith Worthington bridles are the ones you can still buy. These vintage pieces, currently being sold in brand new or gently used condition, are made with an exceptional fine craftsmanship that will last for many years to come. We expect the remaining Smith Worthington inventory will not last long. This article shares the very best Smith Worthington bridles you can still purchase new.

Elite McBride Raised Padded Crown Bridle

This raised padded crown dressage bridle with convertible flash is two bridles in one. The flash attachment can be removed without leaving a loop or marring the bridle in any way. Crafted from beautiful fine English leather. Bit is sold separately.

Color: Antique

Only 2 Left

Size: Large Horse

Price: $114.50 $273.00


Signature Plain Raised Bridle

A traditional design with raised brow and nose and a hint of fancy stitching on cheeks and reins. Pliable Continental leather – fine enough for showing, durable enough for everyday use. Laced reins. Hook studs. Bit sold separately. 

Color: Antique

Size: Large Horse

Price: $84.50 $100.00

Only 1 Left


4-Pack Elite English Event Bridles

Four handsome bridles with softly padded nose, brow and crown for ultimate comfort against the horse’s face and ears. Made of the finest European leather, specifically tanned for just the right balance of firmness and flexibility. Designed to be soft and pliable so you can gently secure between your fingers from the first day. Stainless steel buckles and hardware will never rust. Back punched holes are easy to buckle up. Reins not included. Price is for a set of four bridles.

Color: Black + White

Size: Horse or Large Horse

Price: $89.95 $340.00

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Single Elite English Event Bridle

A single handsome bridle with softly padded nose, brow and crown for ultimate comfort against the horse’s face and ears. Made of the finest European leather, specifically tanned for just the right balance of firmness and flexibility. Designed to be soft and pliable so you can gently secure between your fingers from the first day. Stainless steel buckles and hardware will never rust. Back punched holes are easy to buckle up. Reins are not included. Price includes shipping.

Color: Black + White

Size: Large Horse

Price: $57.45 $85.00

Only 1 Left


Padded Draft Bridle – Used

A handsome draft size bridle with padded nose, brow and crown. Made of open grained Continental leather which mellows nicely with oiling. Stainless steel hardware. Buckles. Leather is from a tannery that meets all European environmental standards.

Color: Nut Brown

Size: Draft

Price: $96.95 $131.75

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Elite Event Bridle in Pony Size

Softly padded crown is soft against the poll and ears. Padded brow and nose are comfortable against the horse’s face. Bridles are made from the finest English leather and stainless steel hardware. This leather is specifically tanned for just the right balance of firmness and flexibility. Soft and pliable. It has padded nose bands and brow bands and comes with buckle guards to assure comfort for your horse. Stainless steel buckles and hardware will never rust. Back punched holes are easy to buckle up. Reins not included.

Color: Havana

Size: Pony

Price: $59.45 $95.00

Only 2 Left


Elite Figure 8 Bridle with Laced Reins

Treat your horse right with the Elite Figure 8 bridle. This raised, padded, and finely stitched show bridle has a soft fleece lined nose disk to be gentle on your horse’s face. Fancy stitched laced reins are included. Elite bridles are made from the finest European leathers and stainless hardware. This leather is specifically tanned for just the right balance of firmness and flexibility. Soft and pliable. Padded crowns, nosebands, browbands, and buckle guards assure comfort for your horse.

Color: Havana

Size: Cob

Price: $179.50 $250.00

Only 2 Left


Elite Figure 8 Bridle with Laced Reins in Black, Horse size

Another Elite Figure 8 bridle in black for horse size. Raised, padded, and finely stitched with a soft fleece lined nose disk. Comes with laced reins. Elite bridles are made from the finest European leathers tanned for just the right balance of firmness and flexibility. Soft and pliable. Padded crowns, nosebands, browbands, and buckle guards assure ultimate comfort for your horse.

Color: Black

Size: Horse

Price: $194.50 $250.00

Only 1 Left


Signature Clincher Nose Dressage Bridle

This stylish clincher nose bridle looks great on horses with heavy forelocks that hide the brow  band. Has a softly padded crown, brow and nose, with a crank style nose band. Includes gripper reins with stops. Made from Continental leather that’s tanned and curried with plenty of “fat liquoring” for suppleness and long life. Signature bridles are beautifully made with all the attention to detail you can expect from the Smith-Worthington Saddlery Co.

Color: Havana

Size: Horse

Price: $104.50 $120.00

Only 1 Left


What Size Bridle Do I Need For My Horse?

Here’s the Smith-Worthington Bridle Size Chart for reference:

If you are unsure what size bridle you will need for your horse, all you have to do is take four quick measurements to find out. Use these measurements to see what size your horse is on the Smith-Worthington Bridle Size Chart. It’s best to use a flexible fabric measuring tape so you can measure your horse’s curvy head. Here’s how to measure each part:

Bit to Bit: Also called the crownpiece. Measure from one corner of your horse’s mouth up past her cheeks and around the poll (behind her ears) and then down to the other corner of her mouth.

Browband: For the browband, measure from the back edge of your horse’s ear, around her forehead in the front, to the back edge of her other ear.

Noseband: Measure around your horse’s muzzle one to two inches below her cheekbones where you imagine the noseband will sit.

Throat: Measure from the back of your horse’s ear down along her jawline, across her throat and back up behind her other ear.

If your horse is between sizes or you’re not sure which measurement to go off of, remember that leather may slightly stretch over time as it breaks in. It’s best to choose a bridle size that won’t become too big for your horse over the years.

You can also buy bridle parts and browbands separately if your horse has an extra wide forehead, a short face, or a narrow nose. Not every breed of horse will fit into standard bridle measurements.


6-Pack of Assorted Smith-Worthington Browbands

Six brand new fine leather browbands in 15.5″ – 16″ lengths. Colors include combinations of Havana, Antique, Black/Black, Black/White, and a Chain Browband. Many of these are raised padded browbands for extra comfort across your horse’s face. These are made of the finest English and European leathers, stainless steel hardware, and full grain cowhide for durability. All Smith-Worthington browbands are beautifully finished – carefully hand stitched, creased, edged and hand rubbed just as English bridlemakers have done for centuries. These will surely not disappoint!

Color: Assorted

Size: Horse

Price: $30.50 $126.10

Only 1 Left

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