A Guide on How to Bridle
If you have made it this far, you now know how a bridle looks like, that there are different types of bridles and what the components of it are. Now it’s time to bridle the horse with a basic English snaffle. But how to do it properly?
We start with putting the reins over the horse’s head and holding on to them. Then it’s time to unclip the head collar. It’s important to hang up the head collar, so no one steps- and gets caught in it.
Then the horse’s nose should be held with one hand to prevent it from raising its head.
The bridle should be cleared by putting up the noseband and making sure the buckles are on the outside, so the bit is free. The next step is to sort the bit with the left hand and place it in the horse’s mouth carefully.
If the horse doesn’t want to open its mouth, there is a trick: You can slip your thumb in your horse’s mouth gap (where no teeth are!) to encourage him to open his mouth.
After the bit is placed in the mouth, the rest of the bridle should be lifted and the headpiece goes behind the horse’s ears- Gently! The ears can be flicked through or folded. Now it’s time to move the reins over the neck and to move the forelock to the front and to lift it over the browband. No one would like to have his hair stuck somewhere.
Afterward, it’s time to fasten the latches:
First, the throat latch is fastened. The rule that applies here is that an upright fist should fit between the throat of the horse and the throat latch. Now we move on to the noseband. It should be put underneath both cheek pieces and two fingers should fit between the ridge of the nose and the noseband. The same applies to the flash strap if the bridle has one included.
The horse is finally bridled and we’re almost ready to take off. But before we can ride the horse, it is our duty as riders and owners to check if the equipment actually fits our horse. A bridle that doesn’t fit can cause much harm and pain and of course, we don’t want that to happen.
In her training course
, Sibylle Wiemer demonstrates how to bridle your horse correctly and how to make sure that the bridle fits correctly.