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    04-18-2012, 09:08 PM
Riding with an Inhand Bridle

Can someone tell me if I can trail ride my horse with an Inhand english bridle. I purchased two bridles, only to find out that they are actually inhand bridles. I have a stubben french snaffle my horse likes that I could attach to one of them. Would it still be safe? Could I potentially injure my horse with this bridle? I can't find any literature that states whether or not these bridles can actually be used for riding. Thanks and hope to hear from someone soon.
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    04-18-2012, 10:15 PM
This is probably a stupid question, but what exactly is an inhand bridle? I googled it and all I could find was a standard english bridle with a cavesson.
    04-18-2012, 10:23 PM
Not stupid question - asking the same thing. Could you offer info? Pics?
    04-18-2012, 10:24 PM
An inhand bridle has the noseband just attached to the cheek piece, so there is only one set of straps around the horse's head - no separate noseband and bit straps. It looks like an english bridle, but the noseband and cheek piece are combined into one strap instead of two components.I'll try to post a picture.
    04-18-2012, 10:30 PM
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My friend rode in one like you described (not English though, just a nylon bridle), though I've never heard it called an inhand bridle, we just called it a trail bridle because there was a clip underneath the noseband for a lead. Nothing bad happened to his pony and he still uses it, 3 years later with no adverse effects.
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    04-18-2012, 10:36 PM
This is an actual Bridle, where you attach a bit and all, but you show the horse IN Hand, with a chain lead and you are judged by presentation and horsemanship. Kind of like a halter showing, but a little different. You walk trot the horse, but everything is done in hand, nothing ridden. I'm attempting to attach a basic picture of what an inhand bridle looks like. Some are white, some black, etc. BInHandBridle4.jpg
    04-18-2012, 10:42 PM
OH, I understand now :p I don't really think there would be a problem. I would ask a saddler ;)
    04-18-2012, 10:44 PM
I would ask a professional saddler, but I don't have any in my area :( I'll look around though. Thanks!
    04-18-2012, 11:32 PM
Yup, this is what was done years ago in the bush for logging. At break time, the bit was removed so the horse could eat their grain and graze more effectively, then back to work meant sliding the bit in and reattaching to the headstall. They used quicksnaps though, of course.

I can't see how in the world this could ever hurt your horse if fitted properly.
    04-19-2012, 01:02 AM
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Of course you can and it will be perfectly safe

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