The Harbridge: can be used on the lunge, or for loose schooling work or for ridden work. Because of the low point of contact from which the device operates it encourages the horse to adopt a long low profile, encouraging a degree of poll flexion while allowing freedom to bend laterally. As there is nothing for the horse to lean on he is encouraged to carry himself and in doing so build up muscles along the Topline making it natural for the horse to always work in a good shape within the capabilities of his conformation. Probably best used on the lunge for the first sessions to initially build a stronger profile before the added weight of a rider. When used in a teaching situation it enables the instructor to demonstrate the “feel” they wish the client to achieve, without the less experienced rider having to work too hard and therefore compromising their balance and position. The Harbridge is patented and also a registered trade mark and comes in two sizes Pony/Cob and Cob/Full size.
To Fit: adjustable in two places on the actual reins themselves and also under the chest. Thread the girth loop onto the girth of either your saddle or Roller and girth up as normal, then both reins pass between the front legs and the trigger clip at the end of each rein is clipped to each bit ring. As with most schooling devices it should only be clipped into place when in the school or, as you are about to ride off the horse should never be lead to the school with equipment already attached. Any new piece of schooling equipment should be introduced gradually as muscles unaccustomed to working in certain shapes soon tire and the horse will begin to resist and spoil the effect you are trying to create. Always put devices on generously and then shorten later rather than starting too short.