An Intro To Bridle Fitting

An Intro To Bridle Fitting

On Saturday 28th September, I attended the Society of Master Saddlers' Introductory Bridle Fitting course that was taking place at Moulton College in Northamptonshire. Theory Session At 9 am, we all went into the lecture room and sat down. The morning was to be our theory session. We had a workbook given to us which followed the schedule of the day. The Horse's Head - a Veterinarian's Perspective Photo: SMS Website The first presentation was by Dr Jane Nixon, the consultant veterinarian for the SMS who talked us through the horse's head and the consequence of bits and bridles. As a once aspiring vet myself, I find these sorts of lectures really interesting. The horse's anatomy never fails to amaze me. This presentation specifically touched on the skeleton, the circulatory and nerves systems of the horse head and how a bridle can affect these areas. Dr Jane Nixon also advised us on the best practices of biosecurity when visiting yards and potentially touching various horses. Most of it...
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Bespoke Bridle – Tracey & Elfie

Bespoke Bridle – Tracey & Elfie

Tracey contacted me recently to ask about my made to measure bridle service for her horse, Elfie. Elfie Elfie is a 16hh coloured cob mare with a HUGE head, which means that an ‘off-the-shelf’ bridle does not fit her correctly unless Tracey buys two different sizes and piece them together to make one bridle that fits. If you’re having the same issue then you too might be better off with a bespoke made-to-measure bridle made by a professionally trained saddler, as it will often cost the same as a designer brand bridle but instead you have a choice in the design and the colours to use. Bespoke Bridle Tracey decided to purchase a bespoke bridle so that she could have everything she wanted in one simple design. Tracey loves the colour orange and wanted her bridle to reflect this so it matched her orange saddle cloth and stirrup irons. Another desire was to have a shaped headpiece, a wider noseband at 2.25”, a v-shaped browband and plaited reins, all in...
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Bridles – Do You Know The Different Types?

Bridles – Do You Know The Different Types?

Growing Up Growing up, I attended the local riding school, where bridles were usually of the snaffle bridle type. A traditional bridle made from black or brown leather with a single bit, usually a snaffle bit, hence the name. Some bridles included brass clincher browband's and others displayed a decorative stitching. Some ponies wore bridles with cavesson nosebands and some did not. As the years passed, I was taught about the different bridles and the various bits of equipment to go with them. 20 years later, bridles have improved and changed in many ways. Advanced Research Thanks to advanced research and owners becoming more concerned for their horses, we now have anatomical headpieces; rolled leather; bitless options; and a huge array of different bits that is enough to blow anyone's mind. Are you looking to learn more about bridles? If so, then this brief description may be of some use to you. The Snaffle The Snaffle bridle is what I always remember to be the 'traditional' bridle. Originally constructed of...
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