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post #1 of 7 Old 07-01-2007, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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propper way to fit a bridle?

today i put togeather a old braided raised bridle that i had laying around for years, add a d ring snaffle to it and tried it on abby (she took it well) made her look like a million doller pony with it on, my question is how do you properly fit a bridle to a horse?, i got every thing right but i'm questioning the hight of the nose band
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-01-2007, 02:21 AM
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The rule that my trainers always gave me was two finger widths below the tear duct bone. My horse will always have a sensitive spot from an impacted wolf tooth so I put his lower (as recommended by equine dentist), and in general I've found that other horses like it better that way. True that the nose band doesn't give quite as much control on gaping when it's lower, but in my opinion it's a bit more comfortable for the horse to have it more like four finger widths. Also let's face it, if the horse is going to gape its mouth, it's going to do it unless you move to more extreme measures such as a figure 8 caveson, which is used in dressage. Could be that my gelding is just stubborn, but he actually gapes less with a looser noseband - tight but not too tight. Of course, I've been the only person to train him for years now and he's really been the only horse I've ridden for quite a while, so Jazz and I have many odd little ways of doing things that most people and horses would think were kind of weird but that work..we're a tightknit team.
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-01-2007, 06:07 PM
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You want to fit approximately two fingers in between the band and the horses face as well as about a fingers width between the band and the bit to allow room for the bit to move when riding.
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-01-2007, 07:21 PM
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Here's a picture of how I fit Jazz's bridle:

From the front:


From the side:


In the pictures, the first picture is me and the second picture is my twin sister. We don't look much alike. :)

After 10 years of riding Jazz this is the fit that I've found works best for him, though other horses may prefer a different kind of fit.
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Twins?!?! You know I have never seen same sex twins that aren't identical... is it quite rare?

As far as the noseband goes it very much depends on what type; however, a general rule is that none of it should ever be on any part of the nose - the picture provided by maleficent seems about right. If a part of it does lie on the nostril then it is too far down and could impact on the horse's ability to breath in certain circumstances. As far as how high up to go - this very much depends on the type of noseband you are using as obviously a mexican sort of goes all over the place while a cavesson has one fixed region about equidistant between nose and eye.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-01-2007, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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so this look's ok then...sorry she had her head turned the wrong way, star was whining at her

lol....dave twins are very commin in my small town, we have 6 set's of twins in our school system of about 125 kids and another set due to start school in 2009, i'm afraid to drink the water here....lol[/img]
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-01-2007, 11:39 PM
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From what I can see, it looks like a good fit.
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