Regular Beta Biothane is genuine USA made Beta Biothane with the bridle being manufactured in India using quality hardware.
Deluxe Beta Biothane is genuine USA Beta Biothane with with the bridle being manufactured in Australia, with additional stitching on the head piece. All other bridle details are exactly the same.
Regular leather is top quality drum dyed leather manufactured in India.
English Leather is better quality 'english' (softer and more supple) leather with the bridle manufactured in India.
More about Beta BioThane
BioThane is nylon webbing covered with thermoplastic polyurethane. Beta BioThane (sometimes just called "Beta") is a newer version of BioThane that uses a vinyl coating. Both BioThanes offer durability, abrasion resistance, and flexibility even in cold temperatures. They can come in a wide variety of colors, or in realistic looking natural tones.
In addition to abrasion resistance and cold weather flexibility, products made with Beta BioThane are lightweight, easy to clean simply by wiping off with a damp cloth, durable, don't absorb water, and resist chafing.
It does not crack or peel in heat or cold, does not get stiff when cold, and stays flexible over its lifetime. It does not chafe your horse, but it is slippery when wet. BioThane® will form to your horse after use, and it should outlast and outperform both leather and nylon!
Beta has the same features as BioThane but looks and feels like leather. A vinyl coating is used instead of Urethane. It remains pliable with less maintenance than leather.
Differences between styles:
The English, Stockhorse and Western styles all work the same, the only difference being that the Stockhorse style has a ring headpiece allowing the browband to self adjust postion. It also has a solid padded headpiece.
The English and Western style have a split headpiece that is flexible so the browband can be moved or changed easily.
The Western style features a scalloped cheeks and brow with silver conchos, and the deluxe biothane has a plaited horsehair browband.
The English Euro has a single padded headpiece with a raised leather browband and noseband. It is only available in leather while the English style also comes in Beta Biothane.
The Natural and Performer Rope Bridles are essentially the same with the Natural having a rope covered noseband and brass fittings, while the Performer has an antigall padded noseband and stainless steel fittings.
Polyester Rope Qualities
All LightRider Bitless Bridles feature the unique chinstrap that snugs up when in use and releases when the pressure does (when fitted correctly). The chinstrap will not tighten or 'clamp' down on the horse because the material folds around the noseband ring. 95% of the pressure is on top of the horse's nose.
The rope styles can also be used as a very gentle straight sidepull by clipping the noseband and chinstrap rings together.
LightRider Bitless Bridles are one of the gentlest bitless bridles available and are usually very well accepted by sensitive horses, while being effective enough to control stronger horses with correct education.
To understand how the LightRider compares to other styles of bitless bridles please read this article: Choosing the Best Bitless Bridle for Your Horse.