Putting a bridle on takes some practice, as
there are a few different straps, that you have to understand how to attach, and it can
be kind of a big task, just maneuvering, and keeping the horse under control, so we’ll
begin by putting the rein over the horse’s head, before we untie her. That way, if necessary,
we have something to hold her by, so undo the cross ties, and then take the halter off.
Right away, my hands replace the halter, so that I have some control over her head. I’ll
bring the bridle up into my right hand, still holding her head. Now, I’m going to bring
the bit up. Put my thumb into the corner of her mouth, where there are no teeth. This
encourages her to open her mouth, at the same time lifting my right hand. Bring the bridle
up over each ear, and then I’m going to attach the nose band. The nose band should be quite
snug, and then the flash nose band, which not all bridles have, and this one should
not be tighter than the nose band, but should still be snug, and then the last piece, is
going to be the throat latch, and the throat latch is the loosest of them. It’s important
not to make it too tight, usually about a fist, here, as you want to make sure that
you don’t end up cutting off circulation there, on their throat, and then I’ll just make sure
I tuck in all the ends into their keepers, to keep things neat.