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Bridle Fitting Basics

It isn’t too often you see a horse ridden without a bridle. All those straps, parts and pieces serve practical functions from simply keeping the bridle on the horse’s head, to allowing the rider to effectively and clearly deliver the aids in conjunction with reins and bit. An ill-fitting bridle isn’t just a distraction for your mount. It can chafe and rub, impact on the sensitive nerves in the head, affect his ability to breathe and garble the messages you are trying to communicate. Some of the signs the bridle could be causing your horse pain or discomfort include: Visible rub/pinch marks on the horse’s head or near the mouth Resistance to bridling or opening the mouth for the bit Teeth grinding Poll/neck tension Tongue over the bit or hanging out the mouth Shaking head Umpteen bridle varieties and parts are available for every discipline and requirement under the sun…

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