In December I wrote a blog about the Snaffle Bridle which is the most common type of bridle used in the U.K. Today's blog will be about the Double Bridle, these are seen in some Showing competitions and Dressage. In addition, some people like to use these on a regular basis.
To accommodate the second bit there is a 'sliphead' or 'overhead slip' (similar to the headpiece). This is made up of two pieces of leather which buckle together to allow for fitting. At the other end of each piece there are bit attachments. This piece of leather is buckled on the off side to reduce the number of buckles on the near side!
Generally the reins used for double bridles are slightly different thicknesses so that it is easy to identify each when riding. The thicker rein should be attached to the Bradoon. Double Bridles should be fitted in the same way as a Snaffle Bridle paying attention to the bit size.
Riding with 2 reins takes practice and some horses will not accept 2 bits in their mouths. Also, some horses have mouths that are not big enough for 2 bits! Always remember that horses are individuals and what suits one horse may not suit another!
Next weeks' blog will be about other types of bits to add to my blog about Snaffle bits from December.
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