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post #11 of 32 Old 07-14-2009, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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Wow! That would do it for sure! Thanks!! (Nice horse--If you haven't noticed, I'm partial to greys )
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post #12 of 32 Old 07-14-2009, 09:29 PM
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Try putting a nose band on,
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post #13 of 32 Old 07-14-2009, 09:48 PM
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One of our horses is super sensitive to bugs around his face for some reason. I know this does not solve the bridle problem but might help with the bug irritation...I got one of those fleece mits to apply fly spray, that way I can saturate his face without annoying him. With enough spray the bugs stay away from his head.
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post #14 of 32 Old 07-15-2009, 07:20 AM Thread Starter
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Another good idea, thanks, Juniper. Yes, she does seem to shake mainly because of flies, it's not constant and only started with fly season. I'm just afraid she'll figure out what a great trick it is and start doing it on purpose.
We get awful deer flies around here, I feel like shaking myself after half an hour on the trail--
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If you are using an English bridle that fits your horse correctly and is adjusted correctly then it should be impossible to remove it without undoing the throatlash - no matter how much your horse headshakes.

The original purpose of the bridle with throatlash was to enable gun-carriage horse artillerymen to be able to pull on the reins to help the horses pull heavy loads out of mud - so they don't come off no matter how hard you try.

If your horse is shaking it's bridle off then it either dosen't fit or is not properly adjusted to your horses head - it's as simple as that.

Post some pics so we all can see.
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post #16 of 32 Old 07-15-2009, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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There are a couple pictures on page 1 of this thread. Very interesting. Can't imagine how to fit it otherwise than it is, other than a readjusting of the browband, um.
I like the history, didn't know that.
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Are the cheek pieces adjusted correctly? I can't tell from the picture whether or not it is; when it is adjusted correctly there should be two wrinkles on the sides of the horse's mouth where the bit causes tension.
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post #18 of 32 Old 07-15-2009, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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About one and a half wrinkles I'd say. Can try snugging up a notch to two wrinkles but she looks like she's grinning and fusses. Wondered if it was the bit, we just switched to a Korsteel French link with rather more curved bars.

http://www.speedgate.co.uk/products/...d.htm?id=11309
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Sadly I can't see attached images - something wrong with my internet connection ( either that or it's because my PC is 1 million years old )

A different bit should not make any difference , so long as it's adjusted properly - if you want to PM me for help I will give you my e-mail address and you could send me the pics.

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