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    04-20-2009, 09:54 PM
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how do you know when a bridle fits properly?

So, all you tack-fitting experts out there... how is it done? I've only known the basics: make sure there are two wrinkles on each side of the mouth for the bit and make sure the bridle is snug but not tight. Any other suggestions? Where exactly should the noseband sit? Can most bridles be adjusted by moving up or down holes, or can you be completely off on a size?

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    04-20-2009, 10:47 PM
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No extra holes being punched in the leather to tighten or loosen the bridle. Not being on the first or last hole for any adjustment buckles. When everything is all done up, the noseband should allow for 2 fingers (stacked) to fit comfortably between the horse's jaw and the noseband. The noseband should sit just in front of the prominent "cheek" bones. The throatlatch should allow for 4 fingers' width. Browband should not be taught, but not hover over the head either. The bit should sit with approximately 2 wrinkles in the mouth.
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    04-20-2009, 10:52 PM
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
No extra holes being punched in the leather to tighten or loosen the bridle. Not being on the first or last hole for any adjustment buckles. When everything is all done up, the noseband should allow for 2 fingers (stacked) to fit comfortably between the horse's jaw and the noseband. The noseband should sit just in front of the prominent "cheek" bones. The throatlatch should allow for 4 fingers' width. Browband should not be taught, but not hover over the head either. The bit should sit with approximately 2 wrinkles in the mouth.
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Thanks JDI. Oh right ... the 4 fingers with the throatlatch, that's the one I forgot to put in my post.
     
    04-25-2009, 03:18 PM
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    04-25-2009, 09:02 PM
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    05-04-2009, 09:12 PM
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The flash? My instructor has Cope's flash on the last hole only because he's never had one on and we didn't want him to freak out when he tried to open his mouth. He could probably go to the second or third hole though in another week or two.
     

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