04-05-2009, 09:38 AM
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I am just giving some advice below:)
Begin by deciding how long you want your horses bridle path to be. For the most part, riders of English and Western disiplines agree that the bridle path should begin about 1 fingers' width behind the ears.
Where the bridle path should end, however, often varies between English and Western disiplines. In Western riding there is an old rule of the thumb still in use today that says, the bridle path should be as long as the horse's ear is tall.
To measure this, gently lay the horses ear backward along it's neck (as some others said).
In English riding circles, and with some Western riders, bridle paths are shorter, often just long enough to accomodate the width of the bridle.
Hope that helped!