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.
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)