Could your bri­dle be putting pres­sure on sen­si­tive nerves and muscles in your horse’s head?

As you pop your horse’s bri­dle on, do you ever con­sider whether it may be caus­ing him dis­com­fort? Al­li­son Lowther in­ves­ti­gates this sen­si­tive sub­ject fur­ther

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THERE’S A GROW­ING em­pha­sis on cor­rect bri­dle fit and many man­u­fac­tur­ers are now pro­duc­ing bri­dles that claim to re­lieve pres­sure on the nerves and other ar­eas of your horse’s face and head. But will a padded, shaped head­piece or the po­si­tion of the cheek pieces re­ally in­flu­ence the way your horse goes when you ride him? Well, it’s time to up your knowl­edge and, with a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the anatomy of your horse’s head, you’ll see the fit of your bri­dle in a whole new light and how a few changes could trans­form your horse. Dr Tracy Crook ex­plains the key ar­eas that you need to con­sider and what to do to en­sure your horse is as com­fort­able as pos­si­ble.

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