Your horse’s head is covered in a complex system of nerves, veins, arteries and muscles, with very little soft tissue coverage to protect these sensitive structures. An ill-fitting bridle can cause him discomfort, leading to resistance, unwillingness to bend through the poll and jaw, headshaking and an unsteady contact. Ergonomically designed bridles can help eliminate these pressure points, and range in form and function from classic styles with subtle amendments to tech-savvy modern designs.
TOP TIP: If you compete, double-check that your bridle of choice is legal for use in your discipline’s rulebook. If you’re unsure, contact the maker of the bridle or get in touch with the discipline’s governing body.