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post #1 of 6 Old 09-06-2010, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Bridle Size Help

Hey I recently got a Peruvian Paso/Arabian cross gelding with a little head LOL.
He has more of an arabian shaped head, none of my average horse head stalls are small enough, so I dont know if I need a pony size?
I measured with bailing twine from one corner of his mouth around his ears and to the other corner of his mouth and it was about 41 inches.
I will most likely get a western style headstall even though I ride english I am just gonna trail ride him and western are usually cheaper.
Any advise is apreciated
Thanks :)

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-09-2010, 07:14 PM
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hmmm...well ig he is not a full size he may be a mare has a small head and she is a cob (english hanoverian bridle) but i dont really know anythig about western bridles so i cant help you there.
by the way nice horse, i always wanted a peruvian paso :P
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post #3 of 6 Old 09-09-2010, 07:43 PM
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I just posted on this a couple days ago
Cob vs Full bridles

My boy is exactly in between horse and cob size. My best suggestion to you is to find a store that will let you return the bridle if it doesn't fit. Take one home, try it on, then if it's not fitting right, swap it.
You might also find that one bridle mostly fits, but you have to replace a part or two (e.g. you might need to get a full bridle but replace the noseband with a cob size).

As others pointed out to me in the other thread, you might find the sizing varies based on manufacturer. So it's hard to know without actually trying it.

You probably don't want pony size. It's smaller than cob.
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-11-2010, 09:35 PM
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if it's just for trail riding and such. just get a horse size bridle and punch some holes in the leather. it'll be easier. and i'm assuming the bridles arn't THAT much bigger. and it saves you from having to buy another bridle.

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post #5 of 6 Old 09-20-2010, 06:28 PM
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omg i am so glad i am not the only one with this problem. I have a 3 year old. My horse sized briddles are to big. I tried to punch more holes in them, but the buckles are as high as they can go without interfering with the brow band. The bridle is to long from the buckles to the bit. A pony bridle is to small in the brow band. According to my local tack store they dont make cob sized western bridles. If you find something that works please let me know!
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-20-2010, 09:03 PM
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i bought a mini bridle for my colt just to try on him and get him to the feel in his mouth. and the browband was way to short. try getting a slip ear bridle. or one ear bridle instead of bridle with a brow band?? for my colt i just cut the browband off. or if you get a bridle with a brow band you could always just take it off as well.

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