One of the most important aids you use to communicate with your horse is your bridle reins. It’s nice to have reins that hang freely when you’re ready to ride. Your horse will appreciate it as much as you do! This is an easy, efficient way to hang your bridle and it keeps your reins untangled and flowing smoothly so you’re always ready to ride!
Do you prefer adjusting your bridle to get 1, 2 or more wrinkles at the corners of your horse’s mouth (B or C) or do you prefer no wrinkles (A) from the bit?
Spurs are an invaluable tool for cueing and guiding your horse. To get effective use from your spurs they need to be positioned functionally on your boots.
The hackamore designed to teach a horse to move through turns with their noses first — the Dennis Moreland Tack #HV11 Hackamore:
The arrow is pointing to a bit hobble. A bit hobble is designed to be used on bits with shanks and is always attached to the rein rings (loops) of the bit and in front of the reins.* Bit hobbles are used to keep the shanks of the bit moving together as a unit.
Dennis Moreland Tack, we talked about correct adjustment of the curb (chin strap or curb strap). In this photo, the curb is adjusted too tightly, causing it to have constant contact with the underside of the jaw.Last week at
Correct curb (chin strap) adjustment on curb or leverage bits is critical for safety (stopping your horse) and is also important for proper function of not only the bit and curb but the entire bridle. A curb must be attached to the cheek piece rings or curb rings of the bit. It must never be attached to the snaffle rein rings on a bit with shanks and must not be too loose or too tight. In addition to safety, proper curb adjustment will allow your horse to respond to your cues accurately.
Dennis Moreland Tack wants to know — should you unfasten your flank cinch or breast collar first? Unsaddling is a piece of cake — simply reverse the order you saddled.For this week's Tack Talk,
A Get Down could be the handiest piece of equipment you own! Get Downs are designed to be worn under your bridle so you can get off and lead or tie your horse while it’s bridled. They are especially handy on the ranch or while you’re trail riding or hunting. When you’re in the saddle the Get Down rope can be carried by tucking it under your belt, double half-hitching it to your saddle horn or coiling it and attaching it to your saddle with the left front saddle string.
A bridle that fits well and is adjusted correctly will help your horse be relaxed and will help convey your cues so he can respond correctly, confidently and promptly. Since each part of the bridle works in conjunction with every other part one improper adjustment will throw everything off.