Horse bridlewear

    A bridle is an indispensible piece of equipment and should be chosen to best suit your horse. Here you can read our tips on choosing the best bridle for your horse.



    This is the mechanical system used to control your horse or pony's behaviour. There are different kinds of reining systems:
    - Martingale: classified as "standing" or "running", martingales limit the horse's movement upwards and, in part, to the sides. - Draw reins: their effect depends on their position.
    - Gogue: mainly used to control the angle between head and neck.

    Note: these reining systems should be used with caution.

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    The headstall is the part of the bridle that is placed over your horse's head, allowing the rider to steer. It features a pair of straps (cheek pieces) which hold the bit in place and are connected to a pair of reins. It is made of leather or synthetic strapping. It also features a noseband, which can come in various styles:
    - Plain or French Cavesson: worn above the bit.
    - German noseband: worn below the bit.
    - Figure-Eight noseband: forms a figure 8, crossing over the nasal bone.
    - Combined noseband: halfway between a French Cavesson and a figure-eight noseband.

    Different types of reins are available:
    - Smooth reins, allowing more delicate contact. Widely used for dressage.
    - Rubber reins, effective for jumping. Known for ensuring good grip.
    - Canvas reins with stops. The least expensive, but harder to care for.

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    There are numerous families of bit.

    "Contact" bits

    (double-jointed, rubber)
    Characterised by the absence of a curb chain and the presence of bit rings. These are suited to most horses. The contact is direct, and softer or harder depending on the thickness of the mouthpiece(s).
    - For a hard bit: thin, straight-bar, metal mouthpiece(s).
    - For a soft bit: thick, rubber, jointed mouthpiece.

    "Framing" bits

    (full-cheek, dee-ring)
    These bits do not have a curb chain. They help horses that have steering problems or young horses during training.

    Curb bits

    The longer their shanks, the more powerful their action.
    The mouthpiece may be ported; if the port is very pronounced, it may press on the palate. A ported mouthpiece should be used if the tongue is too thick to fit between the lower jaw and the mouthpiece.

    "Driving" bits

    (Pelham, four-ring)
    Effective on horses who are too tall or who have hard mouths.

    Type of horse Shetland Pony Pony Small Horse Horse
    Bit' size 105 cm 115 cm 125 cm 135 cm

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