I spent the last decade riding English and I'm way into the padded ergonomic bridles that are so popular over there. I recently bought a Western pony for a change and wondered if the Western market had embraced the concept. Well, DP Saddlery is your company when you're looking for that, and they are about the only company doing it! The bridle is really reasonably priced for the quality! It really has a soft luxury feel, with padding exactly where you want it and never where you don't. I really like how the bit ties on, nothing there to bump or rub your horse's face, no screws to come undone at the worst times, quietly a really smart feature. The throat latch attachment is new to me but also love it, the rings slide with your browband up or down as needed so it's always in the perfect spot. I'm super picky on behalf of my horses and their comfort, and I'm so pleased with this bridle!