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katdressagegirl 11-05-2012 02:28 PM

Double Bridles
So I really like riding in a double bridle...I don't do it often nor as use it as a rule. It's just a tool I use to help my horse learn something correctly or as a tune-up. Some people are really against them but I think used correctly they are a great teaching aid.

What is your opinion?

~*~anebel~*~ 11-05-2012 02:38 PM

Teaching aid? No.

Double bridles are great for refined aids when in the show ring. They are great for ammys on powerful schoolmasters as well.
For me I school my intermediare horse in a snaffle about 90% of the time. It is too easy for him to fake a good contact or get backed off the hand in a double. I ride in a snaffle and then I know I have a good contact. I only ride in the double about 2 weeks before the competition, then back to the snaffle for a week, and then the double for the competition. In lower level comps where a double is not required at FEI, I prefer to compete in a snaffle as well.
I think it is a good skill for a rider to be able to use a double correctly. Honestly though they will not teach a horse anything. The rider teaches the horse. If the rider hangs off the horses face, then a double will "help" for a while, until the horse either stops, or you need to up the ante again. Its nice to have in your toolbox, but should not be used as a bandaid for poor riding or training.
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Shoebox 11-05-2012 02:42 PM

I'm not sure what a double bridle is, actually or I would offer my opinion :p

katdressagegirl 11-05-2012 02:57 PM

@ ~*~anebel~*~ I suppose I should clarify by saying that in my case I am 'teaching' the horse to move correctly with the double. My horse has for years gotten away with moving incorrectly and so it is very difficult to get him to do some movements correctly. I can do it in the snaffle but not easily or with any relaxation. So I am 'teaching' or I suppose 're-teaching' my horse to move correctly with the double...I can move him around easier and I'm working on building the correct muscles. But no I agree the double bridle should not be used in the training of a young horse.

~*~anebel~*~ 11-05-2012 03:22 PM

I fail to understand how an extra piece of metal in the horses mouth is going to in any way affect what his legs or body is doing.
If it can't be done in a snaffle you are probably pulling.
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katdressagegirl 11-05-2012 03:29 PM

Because my horse likes to carry himself very crookedly and he disguises that by holding his head in the air. I cannot push him up into the bridle because he then just starts running and ignores my half-halts. So I use the bridle to contain him better so I can get him more on his hind end. And once he is there I can position him better so that he carries himself more straight.

luv my horse hinke 11-05-2012 04:00 PM

i switched my friesian mare that like to jig from a full bridle to a pelham about a year ago an shes actually better

katdressagegirl 11-05-2012 04:03 PM

@ luv my horse hinke : Yes I don't recommend riding your horse in a double bridle full time. The goal should always be to ride in a snaffle.

equiniphile 11-05-2012 04:52 PM

I didn't vote, as my view isn't expressed in any of the poll options.

They're not a teaching aid at all, but a refining aid. They should NOT be used to correct a crooked horse or gain more impulsion. Very few of us are at the level where we need to use a double, and even those riders have horses that go brilliantly in snaffles. Personally, I'm all for the double being optional at the higher levels of competition.

~*~anebel~*~ 11-05-2012 05:12 PM

He ignores you pulling. I bet a real half halt well timed with your body and not your hands would have him stopped in a jiffy.
Double bridles are not for half halting, they are not for straightening and they definitely are not for containing. You want a collected horse, then you ride it from back to front, not chuck a harsher bridle on and pull more.
He will become straight I'd you ride from back to front and stop pulling. The half halt comes from your back, not the bit.

I agree with equiniphile.
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