USG Bonnet Review

mintyeliEli makes a pretty good bonnet model. I’m just a bad photographer.

It’s no secret that I’m into bonnets for my horse. Bonnets keep the flies from bugging my horse’s ears and muffle sounds just enough to make it easier for me to keep Eli’s focus (kind of?). George Morris isn’t into bonnets for that same reason. Well, we can’t all be perfect. My horse will wear a bonnet, God of Hunt Seat Equitation! Heresy is not new to me.

So of course, when I say I “needed” a bonnet for schooling, just smile and nod. I want to keep my nice custom bonnets nice, but I still want to use a bonnet at home. As far as price and fit go, the USG bonnet fit the bill for a good schooling bonnet. And once I got my hands on it in person, I realized this bonnet would be nice enough for the show ring, as well.

bonnetwithstrapgoodsDouble cording, scalloped edge, nice material, a nice, open stitch (probably machine-stitched), subtle branding on the ear … I am very impressed with the quality of this bonnet for the price, ~$30. SmartPak has some colors, but has MANY colors. I picked up this mint & anthracite bonnet from

bonnetearsPeople indulge me by complimenting the color, but it kind of does look good on a bay. The bonnet is also available in more show-ring appropriate colors such as black or white, and I like this bonnet enough to be seriously considering a white one.

Eli had no problems wearing it. In fact, the bonnet has a feature that makes me think its designers KNEW how popular anatomical bridles would be.

topbonnetThere is plenty of material behind the ears–enough to keep this bonnet in place even with the wider, shaped crownpiece of my PS of Sweden bridle. This is probably my second favorite feature or the bonnet, the first being its cotton construction. I will definitely be using this bonnet all summer long.

The bonnet does lose some of appeal in my eyes for one reason.

dyebleedThe color bleeds. A lot. I hand washed this thing three times and color was still bleeding out into the water. I set it out on a towel to air dry, and the color bled into the towel. If you get this bonnet, hand wash really well it before using it. I think I’ve got the excess color out of the bonnet to where I feel comfortable to put it on my horse’s head without having to worry about the dye/color irritating him or staining him.

Overall, however, the USG bonnet is an excellent value. I recommend it, with the one reservation being that the dye washes out of the bonnet.

17 thoughts on “USG Bonnet Review

  1. That color is gorgeous on Eli!! I’m really digging the navy one- it’s exactly my barn colors so it’ll be my show bonnet πŸ™‚ Thanks for the heads up about the dye bleeding, I’d really rather not give Addy blue ears. Everything shows up on that stupid/pretty gray coat.

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  2. I like the USG bonnets a lot for the price, they just don’t make any color combinations I really care for. Even though they make a million. I’m the hardest to please person in the world. Oh and the scallops, I’m pretty sure Henry would punch me for putting a mare doily on his head.

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  3. they look like nice bonnets – thanks for doing the review. i want so badly for my mare to look adorable in a cute little bonnet, but a) she doesn’t seem to like them (maybe I can fix that?), and b) none seem to fit her right… le sigh.

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  4. Love! I’ve always wanted to get a USG bonnet and matching saddle pad, thanks for doing a review. πŸ™‚ I wish they would allow bonnets in dressage…but noooooo…only in eventing dressage only. πŸ˜›

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