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post #1 of 12 Old 09-07-2011, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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Is this bridle too tight of a fit

With the bridle on, I can take my hand and attempt to lightly push down on the bit with it in his mouth and there is ZERO play.Let me add because I guess the bridle shouldn't push down, but rather the bit is all the way up against his mouth/cheeks and can't go up anymore. When I go to slip the headpiece on, it is tight but just enough to where I can get the left side on first but have to bend his ear some. Once I have the left on, I have to do the same thing to get the right on. I'm thinking it isn't supposed to be that tight and I need to put 2 more holes at least on each side. How much play should there be when I attempt to push up on the bit rather than down?
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post #2 of 12 Old 09-07-2011, 09:01 PM
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Is there any chance you could get pictures? I tried to imagine what it would look like from your post - but found it rather difficult.

Personally, I would put the extra holes in it and play around some more until what you believe and understand is a comfortable fit.

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If I understood this correctly, the bit is too far up in your horse's mouth. Where it should be adjusted to is so that the bit is just touching the corner of your horse's mouth.

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If I understood this correctly, the bit is too far up in your horse's mouth. Where it should be adjusted to is so that the bit is just touching the corner of your horse's mouth.
to chingaz, i thought about wanting to put up a pic after i had already untacked him and its dark out now. Its definitely touching his mouth, but if you were to take your hand and pull down on the bit , I doubt it would budge at all. Seems like it should be able to move even if 1/4 of an inch or a little less than that. Seems like definitely needs to be some play so the horse can kind of relax its mouth some
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If a snaffle there should be one wrinkle just behind his lip. A curb might be one hole only lower.
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If a snaffle there should be one wrinkle just behind his lip. A curb might be one hole only lower.
I never subscribed to that rule of thumb. I always place my bits so that they are just touching the corner, never so tight that they are pulling my horse's mouth back - never could figure out the reason for the "smile" or "wrinkle" rule.
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I never subscribed to that rule of thumb. I always place my bits so that they are just touching the corner, never so tight that they are pulling my horse's mouth back - never could figure out the reason for the "smile" or "wrinkle" rule.
I second this. The reason I was given though, for why there should be wrinkles, was to ensure that the bit wasn't hitting the incisors. However, there is a much more reliable way of checking that, and that is to bridle the horse, then pull the lip back and see where the bit is sitting. I've never had to have wrinkles on any horses I've tacked myself, except one, and it was only 1 wrinkle then, not 3 as we're so commonly told to do.
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Usually i have the bit where it isn't exactly causing a full wrinkle, but it is just barely pushing the corner of the mouth up a tiny bit. True, most people have the bit too high in the mouth.
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I bought a snaffle with the copper middle and .........I will just post a pic lol. Before I decided what bit i wanted, the guy in store put 2 more holes on the bridle for adjustment. After deciding on the bit, he told me I could take the adjustment back up to where I had it before he put the 2 other holes because of the height of the Ring. Seems to fit fine yesterday when i put on horse.
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I never subscribed to that rule of thumb. I always place my bits so that they are just touching the corner, never so tight that they are pulling my horse's mouth back - never could figure out the reason for the "smile" or "wrinkle" rule.
I think this rule depends on the horse. Some are fine with no wrinkles, but with the gelding I am training, when he had no wrinkles he was more fussy...so I raised it up and there are now 2 wrinkles. He seems much happier.
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