16 Mar How To Bridle A Horse Correctly While Horse Training
Horse back riding has been a favorite hobby of many people for a number of years, and is more popular today especially as a sport. Some riders enjoy riding horses as a means of relaxation, peaceful solitude and a way to enjoy the outdoors. Others truly have a love of horses and spending time with them. Whatever your reason, when making the decision to purchase a horse, it is important that you have resources available to learn how to care for and treat the equine properly. If you have never owned a horse before, finding a suitable trainer should be the first thing that you do. You want to learn as much as possible from the trainer including how to put a bridle on the horse correctly.
The horse must be safely tied
To begin the educational portion of horse training and how to bridle him, start with the horse’s halter on, and the horse being safely tied. The horse can either be on a lead rope or in cross ties with a quick release knot. Make sure that there is no grit or dirt on the horse’s face.
Secure the horse
The nose band of the halter should be slid down over the nose of the horse, and the crown slipped back up over the ears. The horse will be secured briefly while the bridle is put on. Stand beside the neck of the horse facing forward with bridle in left hand, then slip reins over the neck.
Slide the bit into horse’s mouth
It is easy and more beneficial to learn these features during horse training so that the horse get accustomed to you. The next step is to hold the bridle upward over the horse’s nose with the right hand, and with the left hand move the bit against the horse’s lips. Place your thumb in the space between the front and the back teeth. Now, while lifting the bridle higher with the left hand, slide the bit in. Lifting the bridle higher will prevent the horse from spitting the bit back out.
Pull the crown over the ears
Grasping the bridle crown with the left hand and use the right hand to bend the horse’s right ear gently forward and slip it under the crown. Now follow the same procedure for slipping the ear under the crown. Just switch the hands accordingly.
Fasten buckles and snaps
There is an endurance bridle snap at the throat latch. Most leather bridles have buckles so that the horse can flex his neck, so the throat latch should not be tightened. A four inch slack should be sufficient. A hand should be easy to slip between the horse’s jaw and the strap.
One of the joys of owning a horse is knowing how to properly care for and treat them. Being able to place a bridle on the horse without fuss is something that is better learned during horse training for the best results.