Pros: Good quality leather, buckles, and stitching.
Cons: Bit clips are plastic and difficult to apply to bit/bridle.
Comments: I was so excited to try this bridle I bought two sizes. I thought it would be a simpler and more esthetic replacement for my homemade bridle training system. For over 40 years as a pro trainer of many champions I have carefully developed light and responsive mouths and happy horses by starting in halters or bosals and transitioning to a bridle by attaching a light snaffle bit to a halter or cavasson to limit the bit pull and apply a reminder to the nose instead, often with two reins, to assist their understanding and trust of subtle bit communication. I thought; how nice to easily transition from bit-less to showable bridle with just clips and straps. Unfortunately the Micklem design locks the jaw!! Even on the loosest setting (which allows the cheek pieces too close to the eye) the horse is unable to softly chew and relax its jaw, properly soften, and willingly give to the rein. This created stiffness and resistance through the jaw, poll and neck that travelled throughout a previously light & responsive green mare. Unfortunately I rode her in it 3 times(at different adjustments) thinking we could work through it and created a mess it will take at least 6 months to hopefully fix! I can't imagine a good application for this monstrosity. But then I don't have much use for tight side reins, draw reins, cranks, or other appliances that promote going against or through the hand/bit either. It may be OK as bit-less for a headstrong horse or for those who pull horses around by force. As a 110 pound 57 yr lady I have no interest in that. I admit to looking forward to someday having more competitions that allow bit less entries. That might encourage better training and self-carriage. This site wouldn't let me rate below one star.