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    04-04-2009, 12:26 AM
A bridle path doesn't effect a horse's function in any way. It just depends on your personal preference. I do my guys' bridle paths about every two weeks, just because it helps keep the mane out of the way of the halter and bridle, and it's required for most shows. Each breed has their own standards for it, though, if you want to do it. Quarter Horses are one ear length, TB's are just about two inches, and Arabs don't really have a set measurement. It depends on the horse's neck and throatlatch, and it just emphasizes the shape of their neck. It's perfectly fine if you don't do it, though. ;D
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    04-04-2009, 06:01 PM
I was taught the ear bent back rule too. Some breeds, like Morgans and Arabs, typically have way longer bridle paths. It's a matter of preference, and where or if you are showing. I'm growing my horse's out now, so she has a mohawk or something going on in between her ears. =]
    04-05-2009, 04:37 AM
Ok thanks you guys :)
    04-05-2009, 09:38 AM
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!
    04-09-2009, 10:20 PM
I think the ear folded back is not only the standard for QH and other stock breeds, but it happens to work out nicely for the typical perky eared QH. When I got him, my horse had one made with his longer ear, and it looked a bit weird. I'm just doing a little more than the bridle width.
    04-09-2009, 10:32 PM
Bridepaths make it easier to sort things out when you're bridling, and they give a cleaner looking appearance for the most part.

I ride Arabs, and their bridlepaths must be about 8in.. sometimes more or less. Bridlepaths like that, are the "correct" thing to do for Arab shows. Nearly every Arab you see will have a bridlepath like that.

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