What is a Bridle?
The bridle is the main source of communication and control with the horse. It come in different sizes including pony, cob, horse and over sized.Two primary types of English bridles are single bridles and double bridles. A single bridle has one bit and one set of reins and is used with beginner riders. A double bridle has two bits and two sets of reins. A bridle without a bit is called a Hackamore.
Parts of the Bridle
Headpiece (Crownpiece): Holds the bridle onto the horse’s head.
Throatlatch: Keeps the bridle from slipping off over the horse’s head.
Cheek Piece: Connects the headpiece to the bit.
Noseband: Goes around the horse’s nose and is often used to keep the animal’s mouth closed, or to attach other pieces of equipment, such as martingales.
Reins: Connect the rider’s hands to the bit and the bridle.
Bit: The metal part of the bridle that goes in the horse’s mouth. Primary source of control through the horse’s mouth.
Browband: Extends over the horse’s forehead and prevents the bridle from sliding behind the poll onto the upper neck.