How to Buy a Horse Bridle

Most horse bridles are adjustable and you don't have to worry about size when buying one unless you are buying a draft horse or pony. Here are some buying tips.


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You Will Need

  • Feed and tackle shop
  • Internet access
  • Snaffle bridle
  • Dressage bridle
  • Western bridle
  • Browband
  • Bulletin boards (optional)
  • Classified ads (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Go to a tackle shop

    Go to a feed and tackle shop or check the internet if you are in the market for a new horse bridle.

  2. As an alternative, check bulletin boards or classified ads for used bridles. If you opt for a used bridle, make sure the stitching is tight.

  3. Step 2

    Choose a snaffle bridle

    Choose a standard snaffle bridle if you ride English style. If your horse is difficult to control, consider a snaffle bridle with a flash nose band or drop nose.

  4. Step 3

    Choose a dressage bridle

    Choose a dressage bridle if you plan to compete in dressage events.

  5. Step 4

    Choose a Western bridle

    Choose a traditional Western bridle, bosal, or a mechanical hackamore bridle for Western-style riding.

  6. These bridles do not have nose bands.

  7. Step 5

    Check the brow band

    Make sure the brow band fits your horse's head. Brow bands can be purchased separately and fit to your existing bridle.

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