Do You Know the Best Way to Hang Up a Bridle?


Are you tired of your bridle reins dragging on the ground when you unbridle? Does everything get tangled up before you get it hung on the hook? Watch the video to learn how professionals get their gear directly from the horse to the hook!

When you’re ready to unbridle, tie or buckle your halter around your horses neck so you’ll have control after you take the bridle off. A good rule of thumb is to tie or buckle the halter a short distance behind the poll. That way you can turn the horse easily if needed using the atlas-axis joint.

From the left side of the horse take your left rein under the neck and back up over the top of the neck. As you do this make certain there are no twists in the rein. Also make sure the smooth side of your rein is up and not lying against your horse’s skin. The tail of your left rein will now be hanging down on the left side of the neck.

Again from the left side bring your right rein under the neck and place it over the neck from the left so the tail is now hanging on the right side of the horse. Check once again for twists and make sure the smooth side is up.

Unbuckle your throatlatch strap if you have one. Slide the reins up the neck until you make contact with the crown of the bridle. Carefully and slowly slide reins and bridle off the horse together. Be sure not to clank the bit on your horse’s teeth as you unbridle. Hang your bridle up on the hook. Your reins will be hanging evenly and ready to ride! This is an easy, efficient way to hang your bridle and it keeps your reins untangled and flowing smoothly.

I cut every rein I make in pairs from hides that I have personally chosen just for my reins. I hand edge these reins and then rub them with saddle soap, pure Neatsfoot oil, and again with saddle soap. This gives the edges of the reins a better feel in your hands.

My reins have feel on the bit end so the horse feels light contact in his mouth before the rein actually gets tight. If a person rides with reins that are so lightweight they feel like a dish rag your horse may have trouble knowing what you want. You want your reins to have body, have “feel” to them. You want a dense piece of leather with tight fibers.

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