Basic Horsemanship : How to Bridle a Horse
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Basic Horsemanship : How to Bridle a Horse

August 17, 2019


We’re going to bridle this horse for what
we would consider a training session. A training session usually means that we’re going to
incorporate some type of a snaffle bit. If we were taking her to the show ring, there
would probably be a different bit, something a little more competitive, shank style. But
we always like to work with our horses in the most simple method here at home. So I
have here a snaffle bit. It does though incorporate some leverage, which gives me a curb chain
so that I can talk about and describe some of the different parts as we bridle. I’m going
to take this horse’s halter off, and let it be free of her so she can’t step in it, I’ll
place her rings around her neck. I have the advantage that I know this horse is going
to be a quiet and easy horse to bridle. If I had something more difficult, I might have
to be in the enclosed area of a stall perhaps. But I don’t want to keep her tied, because
if she were to pull back with that around her neck, it may frighten her enough to put
me in some kind of harm. My bridle needs to be positioned. I like to do this in this fashion.
There are a number of ways to bridle a horse, this just happens to work best for me and
for the students that I work with. It’s positioned, so everything is straight and ready to apply.
I take my right hand and I stroke her nose gently. It not only makes it a pleasant experience,
but it kind of tells her she needs to stay right here within my arm. Then I can replace
my right hand with my left, which continues to put a little pressure on her, just enough,
and then I inch this up to her mouth. Sometimes horses are reluctant to open their mouth,
and my right thumb is positioned in a spot where I can easily get her to open her mouth
as I bring that bit up. I have to share, she had her teeth floated yesterday, which she’s
usually real easy and drops her nose right in there, I think she still feels and is reminded
of that procedure. Once we have the bit in place, and it fits her well, I’ve got two
things I need to consider. I have a throat latch strap that’s going to go fastened here
behind her jaw, and we’re going to put that in place in a loose way so that I can still
get a hand in there. And then my curb chain needs to be lying flat. So I may have to twist
it to create a flat shape there against her jaw. This is what provides the leverage to
any bit that has any kind of what we call a shank to it. So this bit requiring a little
bit of leverage, I’m going to use a curb chain as I put this in place. So with that I check
my keepers, make sure everything is neat and tidy, take my reins up, and we’re ready to
go on and start our session.

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  1. Ahh.. Finally! Expert Village produces a real expert. I just switched horses in my lessons and my new horse is so much more sensitive to bridling than my other one! Love them both though!

  2. baffguy0, keep the halter on your horse, but unbuckled, while u bridle. right before u put the brdle on, slip the halter in. i like keeping my left hand on the bit andmy right hand on the horse's poll when I do this. If your horse is reuctant to open his/her mouth, either pinch the back of her mouth gently and she'll open or stick ur finger back behind her teeth, on top of her gum, and stick ur finger in her mouth there. she'll also open her mouth.

  3. Hi whats wrong with your horse probly isnt not wantin the bridle its probly just learnd to get the better of you thel misbehave and be stubborn not cooporatin you need to establish your dominance over them to do that act like the No 1 horse in the remuda make your horse do what you want do like you are another horse theyll fight at first but have patience and youl get there I was taught to handle horses by a guy taught by pat perrelli go get his books youll have that horse bridled no problem

  4. @TinaLovesLady
    Try working with him for a while with just putting a bit in his mouth without a bridle attached. I had a horse once that was terrible to bridle and she did the same thing as your horse. I worked with her every other day for a minutes just putting a bit in her mouth and after about two weeks I could add the bridle and she was very good after that.

  5. Pretty good information, but I usually give my horses a couple days off after they have had their teeth floated.

  6. One quick question – why would you do a bridling demonstration with a horse that just had its teeth floated yesterday? Why not use a different horse?

  7. Just a thought… at 2:23 when human head is hovering over horse head "checking keepers", then this could be a moment a horse could toss head up and knock your teeth out. This could happen even if just for tossing head for a fly annoyance, so be careful folks learning about horses from this video. This is obviously a very calm horse that she knows or she wouldn't be handling it this way, such as how she completely took off the halter and assumed horse would stand.

  8. @MegF142857
    90% of horses will stand still with no halter.
    im 15, and work at a ranch in exchange for lessons.
    i've saddled and bridled over 50 horses.
    of all the 50 horses, only about 3 i had to keep haltered. i only KNOW 2 horses there.

  9. @JustTheMoonlight It doesn't hurt the horse to put your finger there. it's where the bit sits anyway so they are use to pressure there and it doesn't hurt them it's not like she is digging her finger into the horses gums she just sticks her finger in the space behind the incisors. most horses will open their mouths without you using any pressure cuz your fingers are salty and they end up licking.

  10. @chulok371 Beware, bitless bridles can be just as harmful to a horse as a traditional bit, because the noseband rests on sensitive cartilage. As always, its up the rider to know how to properly handle the horse without heavy hands.

  11. I have always used bridles with a french snaffle bit…It is a very kind bit. Bits are only cruel if the rider does not have soft hands. That's why I ride English…You cue the horse with your body, not the reins.

  12. I am such a Wester Rider.Im not a skinny girl so wearing jodphurs wouldnt work for me.And being country is soooo much fun!!you dont have to be "proper"eww

  13. I really appreciate there being these instructive videos on how to use the Moorish (Western) and Hungarian (English) saddles, but I still have a burning desire. I have been searching for so long for information regarding Ukrainian cossack and Mongolian saddle and rigging usage. These two setups are different from the two I mentioned before by quite a bit. I know the cossack saddle has a padded seat and higher stirups, and that the Mongolian one has a higher horn. If anyone has any information…

  14. @Vovk3
    I have taught myself as much as I can about that cossack tradition of riding, but it's just so weird trying to use a Moorish (once again, Western saddles are a type of Moorish saddle) saddle. I can't stand tall enough and the riding is too rough for such a hard seat.

  15. @Laylexx dude she puts the reins around her neck to keep her from running away and it also keeps the reins out of the way so then if the horse or you moved you wouldnt step on them which stepping on your reins can ruin them

  16. @cheerjunkienightmare We wrap the halters around the neck alone, seems to work really well especially for that antsy horse. and also allows us not to have the halter on and bridle at the same time.

  17. @xxBlackVeilBridexx obviously the horses you worked with were used to being ridden and not in the first 30 days of training you cant just take the halter off of them like that.

  18. Wow bits cause mental and physical problems? Lol!!!!!! Omg.. lol my horse is 20 had him since 8.. I've owned tons of horses lol my horses have no mental ir physical damage lol! They still act the same as when I got em

  19. @DeezynNinja nope, we have babies that have been started for only one week and we have them just fine with taking off the halter like that.
    it's not that difficult to train manners.

  20. @xxBlackVeilBridexx but thats babies you train from the start, when you work in a barn that gets horses that have been raised until 2-5 years old, from all types of people with different methods, this isnt the way that works for all horses.

  21. @DeezynNinja how do you know?
    i work at a barn that trains, period.
    we work on problem horses anywhere from foals to even 18 year olds.

  22. @xxBlackVeilBridexx how do i know what? I guess you werent clear about it. but in my exp its not the best method for all horses, people have some strange practices and bring their horses to the barn and they bring their bad habbits with them, this method can lose you a horse, and also with your back to them you cant see anything coming up behind either.

  23. Can anyone help me? I just received a horse that isn't used to having a bridle on him, and every time you try to put a bridle on him, he starts trying to get away, starts putting his head as high in the air as he can, etc… I put the halter around his neck. It takes about 15-20 mins to get it on him. I have tried putting honey on the bit, and it doesn't matter. Can someone help me?

  24. @mucuc: I have found that when there is a hirse that moves alot or that throws their head, i go into their stall or enclosure calmly with the bridle casually behind my back. i walk to the left sode and wrap my right and around their head stroking and claming them with that hand slip off the halter and bring it loosley around their neck. keep there head down woth gentle pressure from your right hand and if they try to throw up their head stop them with gentle but firm pressure then bridle as th

  25. Everything is fancy for horses (where ever you live). In Dominican Republic (believe it or not) all we do is get a rope, and we have different ways to tie horses.

  26. I don't think it's wise for anyone who isn't experienced to take the halter completely off while bridling a horse. It's safer to untie the lead rope from the fence, undo the buckle on the halter, slip it off the horses face and rebuckle around the horses neck. That is horsemanship 101. Experienced horsemen can get away with many things that others should NOT do!!!

  27. I honestly don't like western riding just because it looks a bit sloppy and untidy that's why I like English better although great video!

  28. Leverage = not snaffle
    The mouth piece does NOT define the type of bit. A snaffle has no leverage. If a leverage bit has a broken mouth piece it's still a leverage bit. Not a snaffle.

    Not to be mean but when you don't know what you're talking about you sound like an idiot.

  29. Ur suposed to put the rains up her neck before u start anything else . Like that if she gets spookes , u can hold on to her .

  30. Great video! I also made a video on bridling a horse on my channel. It is a little different but there different ways to do it. And I've noticed what works depends on the horse and person. Thanks for the video.

  31. Do you always need to have a throat latch on your bridle? i got a new one a few days ago but it didn't come with the throat latch PLEASE SOMEONE HELP

  32. i been riding for a while and i am doing camp this week an i trying to figure out how to teach girls how to do this with them and i think you video helped so thank you.

  33. Thankyou so much!! This was very helpful! The only thing that I was iffy on was I couldn't really see u doing it the can was to far away

  34. Couple pointers from my perspective for what it is worth: Get rid of the strap halter and get a rope halter. When removing the halter, either slip the lead rope over the horse's neck (if he has been trained to stand still when the rope is over his neck) or with an unknown or belligerent horse, slip and fasten the halter around his neck (I'm sure I will get feed back on that one!). The western way to hold the bridle is to drape the reins loosely over your left arm with bit in your left hand. But with the right arm/hand, we place this over the horses head and between his ears. This should cause the horse to lower his head and make the whole operation go easier. If he doesn't lower his head for you, a bit of work will be in order to teach him to do so. (Colorado Rocky Mountains)

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