When you have a horse for a pet, it should not come as a surprise that their needs are different from that of any other domesticated animal. They are more expensive to care for compared to a dog or a cat not only because of their size but because of the other factors included in caring for them. The cost of keeping one would significantly rack up if you are also riding the horse.
When you ride your horse, it is not just like that. Of course, you would need to have all the necessary equipment to ensure that you are riding the horse safely and your horse would also not be injured or uncomfortable with you riding them. One of those necessary pieces of equipment that you should give your attention to is a bridle. Keep reading to find out why.
It is a communication tool
A rider uses the bridle to communicate with the horse while riding. This also includes the reins and the bit. When the rider holds the reins horse riding becomes easier because the rider communicates with the horse this way.
The reins which are connected to a bridle bit that is inside a horse’s mouth would instruct the horse on where the rider wanted the horse to go while riding. A rider should know how to pull the horse’s rein. The bridle works because a horse is inclined to move because of the pressure brought about by the bridle on its mouth. By knowing where to pull, the rider would be able to signal to the horse which direction to go.
It is your brake
Since the bridle is used to tell the horse which direction the rider wants it to go kind of like a steering wheel, it also serves as a brake. When the rider pulls on the reins on both sides, it will make the horse stop. By applying a lighter pressure, the rider is signifying to the horse that it wants the horse to slow down. Of course, pulling on the reins is not the only way a rider communicates with the horse. A horse that has already been trained responds as well to voice commands or pressure from the rider’s legs.
It affects your horse’s behavior
When you are riding and your horse suddenly starts acting up, it might be because the bridle is too tight. It is easy to see if your horse is exhibiting some behavioral issues because they are not responding to the pressure you put by pulling on the reins or by commanding them using your voice.
If they are not engaged to you also even if you touch them and run your hands through their mane or fur or if they keep tossing their head, this might signify that they are uncomfortable with the bridle. Some riders even attest to the importance of a proper bridle fit is comparable to finding the proper saddle fit. This is an important part of riding that you shouldn’t neglect.