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post #1 of 6 Old 11-29-2009, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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Question Properly fitting bridle

Ok, this may seem silly, but I've seen the strap for the noseband and for the piece that connects to the bit (forgive me if there are actual names for them lol, because I don't know them!) fit differently on many different horses. For example, there are those whose straps line up with each other, that look like this...



And then I've seen others that don't line up, like this...



Is there a right and a wrong way, or is it just the way it happens to fit the particular horse? Anyone have any pointers on how to make sure a bridle fits the horse correctly in general? Just wondering, I was curious since I couldn't find anything about fitting a bridle on the forum, which was surprising to me.

My horse's bridle fits her more like the second horse, you can see in this pic...



I've since moved the noseband up since we had a little bit of trouble with the bit pinching the skin between the bit and the noseband. So that fixed that, but just wondering what else I could do to ensure the best fit for my girl.

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post #2 of 6 Old 11-29-2009, 08:08 PM
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well if the bridle or bit didnt fit youd know it its just like a to little shoe on a little kid youll find out but wheteher you listen or not can make a difference.

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I *think* it is just the type of bridel it is...?

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post #4 of 6 Old 11-29-2009, 08:34 PM
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Basically, since most pieces of the bridle are adjustable, the things to watch for are pinching anywhere and pieces that interfere with the eyes or nasal passages of the horse. It looks like your bridle is fitting really well. You probably know this, but you should have at least two fingers under the noseband and a fist in the throatlatch. The bit should have about two wrinkles, but that can vary a bit. Your bridle looks fine for her though.

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Basically, since most pieces of the bridle are adjustable, the things to watch for are pinching anywhere and pieces that interfere with the eyes or nasal passages of the horse. It looks like your bridle is fitting really well. You probably know this, but you should have at least two fingers under the noseband and a fist in the throatlatch. The bit should have about two wrinkles, but that can vary a bit. Your bridle looks fine for her though.
Thanks! yes, I do know about the "2 fingers rule" I do use it, but that's the kind of thing I was looking for...tips like that to know it's fitting correctly. So thanks!

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post #6 of 6 Old 11-30-2009, 01:29 PM
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Well, glad I could help:)

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