Bridles are a staple feature of all riding equipment, offering a means of control and communication between the rider and horse. A bridle comprises both the headpiece and reins and there are many different styles to choose from, depending on your preferences. Choosing a quality bridle is important when it comes to enhancing its longevity and ensuring the support and comfort of your horse. VioVet stocks a wide variety of bridles for your perusal and purchase, and for additional information and guidance on selecting the right bridle for your horse, continue to scroll down the page.
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The bridle offers a means of communication and control between the rider and horse through the bit and reins. Essential gear for any rider, the bridle consists of 6 main parts:
- Headpiece - runs just behind both ears across the poll and holds the bridle in place.
- Cheekpieces - come down from the Crownpiece on either side of the head, along the cheekbones and attaches to the bit rings.
- Throatlash - descends from one ear, runs under the throat and attaches below the other ear.
- Browband - comes from under one ear, across the forehead to attach below the other ear. Serves a decorative purpose in dressage and saddle seat.
- Noseband - encircles nose.
- Reins - the rider's communicative link with the horse.
Other styles may include a Cavesson, Frentera or Fiador. This website has a step-by-step guide for fitting each part correctly and safely - How to Put a Bridle on Your Horse (horses.about.com)
When selecting a bridle, you should consider:
- The material, deciding on use, preference and budget. For example, nylon is cheap but unsuitable for competition.
- Weight/thickness of the material, basing your choice on preference and the horse's conformation. For example, a fine head will suit a fine material.
- Measurements from the headpiece, throatlash, browband and noseband.
- Choosing the noseband with your bit in mind (the noseband affects the action of the bit)