Fairfax Snaffle Grackle Performance Bridle

Fairfax Performance Bridle-Snaffle Grackle

Regular price £400.00
Tax included.


Fairfax Performance Bridle-Snaffle Grackle

The Fairfax Performance Bridle - Snaffle Grackle version - is available as part of the range of Fairfax bridle systems.  

  • Available with Plain, Diamante or Pearl browband
  • Carefully thought-out features reduce pressure in six key zones
  • The Grackle tested best in our research for reduced noseband pressure
  • Improved bridle stability enhances the horse’s comfort
  • Symmetrical design with buckles both sides
  • Browband and noseband are interchangeable with others from the Fairfax range
  • FEI approved for use in all three eventing phases  

Developed, designed and handmade in the UK

The first bridle to be based on scientific research and proven to:

  • Reduce pressure by up to 84%
  • Reduce force by up to 77%
  • Allows greater forelimb extension
  • Increases knee & hock flexion

The default sizes of the component parts are as follows:

16" browband, 19" throatlash, 8" cheek pieces, 6" pad & 9" strap, 16" jowl strap

16" browband, 21" throatlash, 9" cheek pieces, 6" pad & 10" strap, 18" jowl strap

16" browband, 22" throatlash, 10" cheek pieces, 6" pad & 11" strap, 20" jowl strap

If you require anything more bespoke, you can buy each component separately

The Fairfax Performance Grackle Bridle is the only bridle to have been designed and developed using pressure mapping (by Pliance) and gait analysis (by Centuar Biomechanics).

"Our testing and research into different bridle designs identified six key areas of peak pressure, common to most bridles. Further scientific study proves that the reduction in bridle pressure afforded by the Fairfax Performance Bridle significantly improves range of movement, extension and flexion in competition horses."

In addition to reducing pressure, the Fairfax Performance Bridle enhances the horse’s comfort by improving stability.

Read more about how the bridle was tested and developed here

The Journal of Equine Veterinary Science published a scientific paper about the test results. Read more about how papers are reviewed and why publication in a scientific journal is so important here

All parts of the Fairfax Performance Bridle are legal for FEI competition

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Our saddle fitting process is dedicated to the comfort and performance of both horse and rider. 

We work from high-level competition riders to happy hackers but our dedication and support to each client remains unchanged. As a Registered Qualified Master Saddle Fitter in the North East approved by the Society of Master Saddlers we are qualified in much more than just measuring for and testing for saddle fit.  We are committed to bringing confidence and harmony to every partnership through saddle comfort and wellbeing.


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