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post #1 of 14 Old 02-16-2015, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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Need help with bridles

I don't know how to exactly put a bridle on or take one off. Can someone explain to me how????
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post #2 of 14 Old 02-16-2015, 03:34 PM
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When I bridle my horse I stand on the left side of him. I make sure he is relaxed and ask him to lower his head. Then a take a hold of the bridle with the crown in my right hand and the bit in my left. You will then bring the bridle to the horse, with your right arm over the horse's poll. You can slide the bit into the animal's mouth and bring the crown of the bridle up and over.

If you are still having trouble or this does not help then there are tons of videos and manuals out there. Just check some of the various state extension office's online sites and youtube.

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post #3 of 14 Old 02-16-2015, 03:41 PM
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Exactly what ponyroll said! To add, make sure you strap the throatlatch. Not too tight though, enough to where you can still fit fingers between it and the horse's throat. At least that's what I do.

When you take it off, undo the throat-latch and then slide the crownpiece over his ears and slowly bring the bit out of his mouth. Try not to let the bit hit his teeth when you are putting it on and taking it off.

Keep going, keep moving forward. You'll get it together someday.
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Thanks this has really helped me
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post #5 of 14 Old 02-19-2015, 09:18 AM
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Personally this is the way I do things...

I stand on the on side of the horse (The left).
Ask the horse to keep their head low enough so you're not reaching.
Take the bridle in your left hand.
Starting just above the nostrils slide the bridle up the middle of the horses face letting the cheek pieces fall to either side of the horses face and the bit hang under, pull the bridle up just enough (About to where the browband sits) so that you can grab the crown with your right hand between the horses ears.
(Your right hand is the only one on the bridle now) You now lower the bridle if needed with your right hand just enough so that you can support the bit right in front of the horses nose.
Supporting the bit with the fingers of your left hand, take your thumb (Not a finger) and slide it into the side of the horses mouth, you can feel a gap where there are no teeth, put your thumb there and tickle (haha) the horses gum while you slip the bit between the horses lips. If the horse has not unclenched its teeth during this proses instead of clonking the bit against the horses teeth just apply more pressure with your thumb to the area of gum in that gap.
When the horse unclenchs its teeth swiftly pull the bit up into the horses mouth (If there is a curb strap/chain you might find while pulling the bridle up that this gets a bit stuck on the horses chin, as long as the bit is slightly between the horses teeth feel free to let go of the bit and slide the strap/chain under the chin), you should notice the bit fall into that gap in the teeth where it is suppose to be.
Now that the bit is in the horses mouth you take hold of the crown again with your left hand.
Starting on the off side (Right ear) point the ear forward with your right hand and lift/slide the bridle over that ear, Now holding the birdle somewhat in place with your right hand point the on side ear (Left ear) forward and lift/slide the bridle into place.
Immediately check that the cheek pieces are not too near to the horses eyes.
Next you position the browband.
Now you fasten the throatlatch, it's a simple buckle, you should be able to fit four fingers under the horses jaw and between the throatlatch.
If the bridle has a curb chain/strap it should be two fingers loose.
The bit should be above the horses tongue and not under!

You really need to have someone show you in person a few times.
Good luck!
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post #6 of 14 Old 02-19-2015, 09:29 AM
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To remove the bridle...
Standing on the on side unlatch the throatltach.
Slide the fingers of your right hand under the crown, pulling it up(ish), over and off the ears forward, then just as fast or slow as the horse releases the bit you lower the bridle and remove it completely.
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post #7 of 14 Old 02-19-2015, 01:39 PM
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I assume because you don't know how to put a bridle on, you probably also don't know how to ask a horse to lower its head and that's a pretty important piece of the puzzle. Horses will try to resist sometimes by lifting their heads so high you can't reach them.

To train a horse to lower their head, you can use a few different methods.

One is a pressure/release thing:
1. Put steady, pulling pressure on the lead rope that's attached to the horse's halter, towards the ground.
2. As soon as the horse moves his head down, let the pressure off. Instantly. Praise him. Then do it again.
3. After he responds well a few times, try to get him to go a little lower before you release. Do several lowering exercises in a row. Praise him when he does it.
4. Eventually, when you put the slightest pressure on the rope, he'll lower his head.
5. You can also do this by putting pressure down on the poll (top of head behind the ears). Press until he puts his head down and then instantly release. Praise him. Follow the steps above.

And another method to get the bit in fast:

1, Put a little bit of fruit roll-up or honey on the bit.
2. Let the horse taste the yummy stuff on the bit.
3. Slide the bit in and follow the instructions give by others above my post. You probably will only need to use the sweet stuff a few times and then very sporadically after to keep him happily taking the bit.

“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” ~ William Shakespeare
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post #8 of 14 Old 02-20-2015, 04:14 PM
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So u hold ur bridle with ur right hand place your bit in your left and stick ur thumb in his mouth so he opens up then put the headpiece over his ears gently and reins. Then gently pull his mane and forelock out so he is comfy. Then do up the throat lash so u can fit a fist or four fingers between ur horse and the throat lash. Then do up the nose and so u can fit two fingers in. To take off, take off all the pieces and pull the reins and Bridle I've his ears and, not clanking his teeth pu it off then tie ur horse up. Hope this helped xx
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post #9 of 14 Old 02-20-2015, 04:51 PM
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in this image, the throatlatch is TOO tight. if the hrose tucks their nose back a bit, it will be diggning onto the throat area.
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post #10 of 14 Old 02-20-2015, 04:54 PM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
in this image, the throatlatch is TOO tight. if the hrose tucks their nose back a bit, it will be diggning onto the throat area.
The picture was to point out the parts of the bridle. I explained before then that the throatlatch shouldn't be too tight.
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