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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.


  • 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.
  • TIP: 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.
  • 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.
  • Step 3: Choose a dressage bridle Choose a dressage bridle if you plan to compete in dressage events.
  • Step 4: Choose a Western bridle Choose a traditional Western bridle, bosal, or a mechanical hackamore bridle for Western-style riding.
  • TIP: These bridles do not have nose bands.
  • 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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You Will Need

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

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