Do you know what a bridle is? A bridle is a piece of equipment used to direct a horse. The “bridle” includes both the headstall that holds a bit that goes in the mouth of a horse, and the reins that are attached to the bit. There are many different designs with many different name variations, but all use a noseband that is designed to exert pressure on sensitive areas of the animal’s face to provide direction and control. There are many different designs with many different names, but all use a noseband that is designed to place pressure on sensitive areas of the animal’s face to provide direction and control.
The bridle consists of these parts: the crownpiece the main strap that holds the remaining parts of the bridle in place), the cheekpieces, the throatlatch (the part that keeps the bridle on the horse’s head), the browband (It prevents the bridle from sliding behind the ear onto the upper neck), the noseband (often used to keep the animal’s mouth closed), cavesson (a specific type of noseband used on English bridles when the noseband is attached to its own headstall), the frentera (a strap running from the browband to the noseband), the fiador (a form of throatlatch), the reins (The reins are the rider’s link to the horse), and the bit (The bit goes into the horse’s mouth, resting on the sensitive space between the horse’s teeth known as the “bars.”)
It is unsafe to tie a horse using a bridle for two main reasons. First, if the tied animal pulls back on the bridle, the bit or controlling noseband may cause a lot of pain or even injury to the mouth, tongue, or other parts of the face of the animal. Second, compared to halters, most bridles are made of thin leather which will easily break under pressure. The end result can be both injury to the horse and broken equipment.
For more information on the bridle, check out this website.
(All information in this blog is referenced from the above website)
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