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post #1 of 6 Old 01-25-2009, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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Question Unknown bridle size

If you saw my thread about the chaps, you will know that I have been offered a bunch of second-hand tack for very decent prices. Amongst all that, there was a whole collection of misc. leather odds and ends (three pairs of reins, a martingale, two bridles, and two bits.. and some spare pieces) that were really stiff and mouldy. They gave all of it to us for free to do what we like with. I spent a good few hours oiling it all up and breaking in stiff buckles - it's been fun and very successful.

One of the bridles I'm not sure of it's sizing, whether or not it will fit Texas, my new horse. He is a pretty standard-sized 15.1hh horse. The bridle measures 18 inches from the headpiece to the bit. Common sense should give me my answer, but I'm just really not sure with sizing and all that jazz.
This is on the loosest setting.

Thanks, in advance!
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-25-2009, 12:37 AM
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The best way to see if it will fit is to hold it up next to the one that you use on him now. If I understand your description correctly, then it should fit him. If all else fails, attach a bit to it and hold it next to his head to get an idea on size. Then put it on him and adjust as necessary. Make sure that there are no weak or brittle places in the leather that could break while you are riding and cause the bridle to fall off.
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post #3 of 6 Old 01-25-2009, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
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Hahah well I would do that, but he isn't with me yet - so I can't measure it against a current bridle or against his head. It has a Bit attached, I just what to know if I can use this as a bridle for him, or if I will have to purchase a new one.
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-25-2009, 12:50 AM
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More than likely, it will fit fine. Do you know if the horses she used it on were average sized horses like a QH? If so, then it will fit fine and the bit should too. I would wait until he gets there and give it a shot before worrying about having to buy a new one. Good luck with your new boy. :)
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Ok, thank you :)
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-25-2009, 12:56 PM
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You could ask them to measure his head from where the bit sits in his mouth over his poll to the other side.. Then it would be simple to measure the headstall with the bit on.

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