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fitting a miniature horse for a driving bridle?

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    07-18-2011, 04:31 PM
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I saw a rubber mullen mouth for sale you think that might be a better idea? And thanks for the measurement idea. Hopefully she'll actually cooperate enough for me to do that! ;)
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    07-18-2011, 07:48 PM
Originally Posted by Endiku    
I saw a rubber mullen mouth for sale you think that might be a better idea? And thanks for the measurement idea. Hopefully she'll actually cooperate enough for me to do that! ;)
I personally would use the rubber mullen mouth but I am no mini expert but I have seen enough mini's with a snaffle and they keep opening their mouth to get away from the bit. I tried to see some mini's on line to show them chomping at the bit but didn't see many clear videos'
    07-18-2011, 09:42 PM
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Hmmm. Interesting enough to look into. I would think though, that if they were chomping that it was most likely to being ill-fitted or misused, as snaffles are generally very forgiving bits. I use a rubber snaffle on all but one of my mounts, and I know of three people who drive their minis in either two link snaffles or rubbers with no problem.

I also looked into the bitless option, but I really do want her to get her established with a bit before trying anything else.
    07-18-2011, 10:06 PM
I watched a special on tv once and they put different amount of pressure on a snaffle and xrayed the horses mouth. They were astonished at how easily the bit hit the horses molars. A snaffle also puts pressure on the tongue which alot of horses do not like.
    07-18-2011, 10:14 PM
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I'm sure it's not for everyone =] I do think I'll try that half-cheek though, as I've gotten a lot of good comments on it, and it distributes the pressure on the bars also. I'm always willing to switch for her benefit though, if she doesn't seem to like it!
    07-21-2011, 03:51 PM
Endiku, here is a direct link to a site where you can buy just a miniature horse bridle. (They will even make one with out blinders if you prefer.)

The link takes you to their Measurements Page and Directions on Measuring, might help you out some.
Amber Hillside Horse Harness - Formerly Rons Horse Harness - Measurements

I have been using a half cheek, mullen mouth with copper inlay on the roller, on my minis, and they all seem to do well with it.

    07-21-2011, 07:53 PM
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Thank you so much! I've been having the worst time trying to find someone who will sell me just the bridle.

Do you know the price? I'm not seeing a price for individuals, just the whole set =]
    07-22-2011, 02:01 PM
I see that the Presidential Bridle is $99.00 alone, but the Prestige fit my miniatures so much better!
The Presidential has that fancy look, but it was just too heavy and the leather was wider, just did not look right at all. I think on a pony or large mini it might be just fine.

I do not see a price for just the Prestige Bridle alone, but I know they do sell them. It will be less then the other one for sure.
You should give them a call or e mail, they are always very nice and helpful when I've dealt with them.


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