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Simple Horse Bridling

In All The Tie Rail, Horsemanship, Tack and Equipment by Eric Ancker1 Comment

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Bridling a horse can be pretty painless, but there are a few things you should always keep in mind:

  • Prepare and figure out your bridle before you approach your horse. It’s like homework. Get it done before you go to hand it in.
  • Never bridle a horse while he’s tied to something. If something unexpected happens and the horse pulls back, a whole lotta trouble can happen. And you don’t want to be in between a scared horse and something scary when he’s tied.
  • Always have something on the horse while bridling. If you want to remove the halter, fine. But bridle with the halter tied around the horse’s neck so you won’t lose a horse who’s not interested.
  • Once you start, don’t stop until the horse is bridled. If you do, he’s teaching you to give up and put your hands down.
  • Try not to clank his teeth with the bit. Would you want that? Play a game with yourself to see if you can get it past his teeth with little or no touch.
  • Always push the ears forward at the base; don’t bend them in the middle of the ear to get them past the headstall. Your horse will thank you for it.
  • Take your time.


  1. Wow I didn’t know just how squeamish horses can be (I guess anyone would be with a metal bar in their teeth). I suppose you really need to find a happy medium with them with being gentle yet firm . In the end they just need to be properly taken care of so they don’t get all spooked while bridling them. Thanks for the good read!

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