Bridles and Snaffles
Whether it is to guide or to work your horse, it is necessary to use a snaffle or a bridle. The main function of the snaffle is to support and stabilize the bit in the horse's mouth, while distributing the pressure evenly over the head. Indeed, the bit, via the reins, is the rider's means of steering his horse more precisely.
The bridle is an accessory that is placed on the head of a horse to guide and work it. It is composed of a set of parts and usually a bit is attached to it. It is placed on the horse's head in a way. Bridle manufacturers are developing more and more anatomical parts in order to make wearing the bridle more and more comfortable for the horse. It is important to choose the right size bridle so that the pressure does not become uncomfortable for the horse by passing through the nerve endings of the horse's head.
The bridle has two mouthpieces: a snaffle bit and a bridle bit with a curb chain. The single bit acts on the corner of the mouth and the tongue according to the models, while the curb bit acts on the bars and the nape of the neck. The curb chain acts on the lower jaw. A pair of additional posts is therefore present on the bridle. It is used with two pairs of reins and most often without noseband.
The bridle is mainly used in dressage by experienced riders because it allows a finer and more precise contact with the horse's mouth.
The Hackamore is a bitless bridle. It acts on the nasal bone of the horse and on the lower jaw, thanks to the hackamore branches. Its main action being on the nasal bone, the hackamore must be used with care in order not to injure the horse.
The bitless bridle is an accessory that is placed on the head of a horse to lead it. It has the particularity of being used without a mouthpiece. The reins are attached to the noseband. It is placed on the horse's head in order to press on certain pressure points. It is important to choose the right size of bridle so that the pressure does not become negative for the horse.