What does "horse on the bridal" mean?
I had my lesson earlier today - silly question, I have been riding for like 3 years and everything and I always have heard the term "horse on the bridal". I never really thought to ask what it means, but today my instructor said that my horse looked wonderful and he was on the bridal. I am assuming it is a good thing? thanks!
A horse that's on the bridle is a horse that is in a proper frame; hind end engaged, supple through the back, neck is rounded, and the horse's head is on the vertical.
(the horse's head is perpendicular to the ground, he is on the vertical, and supple and rounded on the bridle)
That is a great pic, but don't expect your horse to look like that unless you do high level dressage. That's like a "superframe." :wink:
http://www.hokana.com/pickyourpleasurefixed.jpg - ignore the rider haha
http://www.lambertmorgans.com/Amanda...-EX-TROT-1.jpg - this horse is a little more elevated, but you get the idea.[/img]
Not trying to be picky, but in that first pic, the horse seems to be hanging his head too low ...
I agree Jubilee. The horse's poll is below its withers. That's not how it's supposed to be.
Yeah, I agree with everyone. :D That horse does look like his head's a bit low!
thanks guys! So, I guess I was on the bridal, but didn't eve try to be...any suggestions on how to get there on command? :D
There's not really a command for it. Not a command like when you say trot, the horse trots. There's no, "Come on Buddy, get on the bridle!" I'm not sure exactly what you can do though. My friend used to ride with her reins at her knees every now and then to get her horse's head nice, low, and on the bit.
Okay, that first horse was low in the poll, but he was working through his back and was ON THE VERTICAL which was what I was trying to get at.
I have to say no no no to riders dropping their hands to get the horses on the bit; always keep your position correct and make the horse come to you. Also, in response to the "there's no command for it" - yes there is. You keep the horse between your legs and ask for them to give to your hands.. I'll explain more below.
Here is a post I wrote back in Feb illustrating how to get a horse on the bit:
You keep your outside rein with contact, then take your inside rein and draw your elbow straight back to your hip, and keep dirivng the horse forward in the gait you're trying to accomplish this in. They may fight and toss their heads around, but with your rein at your hip, the horse will reward itself when it goes into a frame.
Note that both reins should be of equal length.
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