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
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.