HOW TO PROPERLY BRIDLE YOUR HORSE
By Christy Mellington
In order to take our partner out for an enjoyable ride, we must first know how to gently and properly outfit him in the bridle...
Catch your horse, halter him and tie him securely. (Remember to always tie your horse with a quick release knot.)
Remove his halter from his head and buckle it around his neck, behind his ears.
Holding your bridle in your right hand by the crown piece, place your left hand on the bit, holding the bit between your thumb and middle finger. Now we’re ready to bridle our horse.
Holding your bridle by the crown piece, lift it over his nose and toward his forehead. With the bit in your left hand, touch his lips with your thumb.
Insert your thumb in the left side of his mouth, behind his front teeth and in front of his molars. If he does not open his mouth to accept the bit, press your thumb down on his tongue until he does.
When he opens his mouth, gently insert the bit, being very careful not to bang it on his teeth. At the same time, pull the crown piece up to his ears.
Now, place the crown piece in your left hand. Using your right hand, place his right ear between the brow band and the crown piece.
Then place the left ear in and put the crown piece behind both ears.
Fasten your throat latch with enough space between the jowls to allow for room for three to four fingers. (Note: if your throat latch is too tight, when you ask your horse to give you vertical flexion, his breathing may be restricted.)
Now, we’re all bridled up and ready to ride! Happy Trails!