Checking your bridle

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A. Bit
The bit should rest on the bars of the mouth. You want the bit high enough so it touches the corners of the mouth enough to create to create a slight wrinkle. If there are several wrinkles, the bit is too high. Conversely, if the bit comes into contact with the incisor teeth, it is too low. Try to keep the cheek pieces even, so do not have it on the last hole one side and the first hole the other. The fine tuning of bit placement is done progressively and can change as the bridle leather stretches over time.

B. Browband/Ear Piece
The browband/ear piece should rest comfortably below/around the ears and above the eyes. If the browband is too short it will make the bridle hard to get on and will cause pressure and pull it forward making it uncomfortable for the horse. As a general rule you should be able to comfortably fit two fingers under it.

C. Throatlash
The throatlash (throatlatch) should be loose enough to allow room for the horse to bend down or fully flex the head. You should be able to fit four fingers sideways between the jowl and the throatlash while the horse’s head is the normal standing position.

D. Noseband
The noseband should not allow the horse to open his mouth too far which can allow him to slip the tongue over the bit, however it should NEVER interfere with the horses airways. A standard cavesson noseband should lie approximately 1 inch below the cheekbones and give the horse enough space to swallow and play with the bit. As a general rule you should be able to fit two fingers under it.
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