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  • Does a weatern bridle have to have a throatlatch
  • What do you look for in size of throat latch on horses

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    12-30-2011, 06:40 PM
Throat latch issue

My Mustang/QH has a rather large head. She fits in a large sized bridle just fine except for the throat latch. You can stick maybe 2 fingers between the throat latch and her. Can this be extended with something or do I need to buy a draft bridle and shrink it down for her?
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    12-30-2011, 06:42 PM
I think it's 4 fingers.
    12-30-2011, 07:04 PM
I almost said it's two fingers, then I realized I was thinking nosebands, not throat latchs.
    12-30-2011, 07:22 PM
You could have a custom leathersmith make you a special long throatlatch to match your bridle--it's not hard to do for someone used to that sort of thing. Or you could ghetto-ize it and use any kind of short strap with a buckle and holes to extend it.
    12-30-2011, 07:34 PM
Green Broke
Any of the biothane makers like Moss rock endurance pretty much custom make headstalls one at a time. I am sure she will make you a headstall in any color you want with the throat latch any size you want for nearly the same price as standard. I sent them all kinds of oddball requests and never had an issue.
    01-01-2012, 12:43 AM
Good to know. Thanks!
    01-01-2012, 01:07 AM
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I have found that a lot of western bridles have strangely short throatlatches. You can look to see if you have an old one from an English bridle, because they are often longer. Many tack shops will have throatlatches for sale in stand alone pieces (seperate from the bridle)
Or, as Bubba said, have one custom made.

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