Should you Change Your Bridle?
This is the first thing to consider. Before spending your hard earned cash check to see if you need a new bridle. In the ‘old days’ there were people who would repair bridles, saddles and leather straps. I used to gather a bag of various leather pieces and take them to get reins, and bits repaired. Now however, most people just ‘chuck out’ broken leather and replace with new straps.
Do I Need a New Bridle?
You may need to buy a bridle if:
- The current bridle is worn out or broken and can’t be repaired –
- Check the areas which get worn. Problem areas = check pieces and reins. Pieces which attach to the bit are important. Remove the cheek pieces and reins and inspect the leather for cracking and wear. If you are at all concerned, replace with new sturdy pieces.
- The current bridle doesn’t fit –
- Check for pinching behind the horse’s ears. The brow band should be long enough so the horse can swivel his ears without getting pinched.
- Check for noseband fit. Remember the horse’s jaw should be relaxed and supple. If you have a bridle with a noseband that is too tight your horse won’t be comfortable and may result in resistances.
- For some information regarding noseband fit review this short video.
- Your horse shows signs that the bridle is irritating him/her.
- Head shaking, resistances and other bothersome antics could be as simple as a strap or piece of your bridle rubbing in a wrong place or causing a sore. Take the time to fit your bridle, or replace it.
- After removing your bridle take a moment and check for rubbing and possible pinching areas. Make your horse comfortable.
When was the last time you purchased a new bridle? Some people have a separate bridle for schooling and a ‘fresh’ bridle for showing. Do you keep a ‘good’ bridle for showing purposes? Send me an email to let me know. I am keeping score.