Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
You move the snap to the side and put the rope in your horse's mouth. Sorry the picture makes it look like the snap is a replacement bit, but DON'T put the bull snap in your horse's mouth! Make SURE that you guide the rope into his mouth with your Left hand, and then pull up with your right hand between the ears. I say this bc some folks don't realize this is the most effective way to bridle.
It's as if you are going to lead your horse with a rope between his molars and incisors--you know that there is a gap between them where we put the bit?--instead of a halter. It really works very well, and allows you to put it on, take it off, put it on, take it off numerous times. I thought it was a brilliant method of bridling a young horse for the first time, but you really want to emphasize down and left to your horse. I had ear problems with this horse, principally bc he was sold by the breeder to another party (who sold him back--go figure!!), and who clipped the inside of his ear hair too short, and that made HIM ear shy. Fortunately, after 2 years!! the hair has FINALLY grown back, and, along with patient training, we can now play with his ears at will.