Baffled about bridles

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Western Riding

Baffled about bridles

This is a discussion on Baffled about bridles within the Western Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category
  • Combination Bit with headstall
  • A horse with a western bridle on

Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By beau159

LinkBack Thread Tools
    04-01-2013, 03:24 PM
Smile Baffled about bridles

I was just curious about western/ barrelracing bridles. The one I use on my mare doesn't have a noseband- it has the bit and browband. Do western bridles have nosebands? I know English bridles do but was just curious about the western bridles
Sponsored Links
    04-01-2013, 03:28 PM
Out of all of the bridles I've ever seen, I haven't seen one with a cavesson before. All of my many western bridles do not have cavessons.
    04-01-2013, 03:33 PM
Originally Posted by BornToRun    
Out of all of the bridles I've ever seen, I haven't seen one with a cavesson before. All of my many western bridles do not have cavessons.
Hmm, I'll keep looking. Thanks for the help!
    04-01-2013, 03:36 PM
Green Broke
Western headstalls do not have a "noseband". (Bridle is the term used for the headstall and bit, together.)

You will sometime see a western bridle used in conjunction with a tie down, such as with roping where the horse requires the tie down to brace against when roping a steer or calf. They are two separate pieces of equipment.

Western bridles do however come with a simple one-ear or double-ear design, and some may or not not have a throat latch. It's a matter of personal preference and sometimes, a matter of fashion. I myself prefer a browband and throatlatch because I feel its less likely to slide off the horse's head when I am doing intense things (barrels, cattle work, etc).

And also, there are hackamores or combination western bits (bit with a noseband) that can make it look like the western headstall has a noseband, but it is actually the bit, and not the headstall.

Endiku likes this.
    04-01-2013, 03:37 PM
Generally speaking, no, western bridles do not have nosebands/cavessons. There are some people that add them for appearance sake, but most don't have them.
    04-01-2013, 03:39 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Baylee    
Hmm, I'll keep looking. Thanks for the help!
Unless you have a headstall custom-made, or you find an old vintage western headstall, you won't find one with a noseband.

My mom actually has a vintage show/parade bridle that is similar to this one, with a noseband.


Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
bridles jackandraven Horse Tack and Equipment 3 03-24-2012 11:04 AM
Mare's breed? Baffled. Endiku Horse Breeds 41 10-24-2011 06:20 PM
Which of these 6 bridles? equiniphile Horse Tack and Equipment 8 11-29-2010 01:56 PM
Bridles, Bridles, Bridles... AngelWithoutWings54 Horse Tack and Equipment 6 07-20-2010 06:51 PM
Behavior issue..baffled. beepine Horse Training 23 05-09-2009 01:43 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:43 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0