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Rambo Micklem Deluxe Competition Bridle Rambo Micklem Deluxe Competition Bridle
£139.95
£124.95
Rambo Micklem Deluxe Competition Bridle The bridles are designed to comfortably fit the shape of the horse’s skull, avoiding pressure on sensitive areas. The bridles are designed to comfortably fit the shape of the horse’s skull, avoiding pressure on sensitive areas. The Micklem® Competition bridle is a show quality bridle made from hand finished leather with soft padding on the headpiece, browban…
Bitz Noseband Fur Fabric Natural Bitz Noseband Fur Fabric Natural
£3.69
Bitz Noseband Fur Fabric Natural A comfy sleeve that fits over the noseband to prevent rubbing and for sensitive horses. Fastens with velcro. Length 33cm.
Equidisc Number 3 Equidisc Number 3
£14.50
Equidisc Number 3 Approved by British Dressage, Equidisc is the ideal number disc for all kinds of competition. This horse bridle number is neat and easy to use and comes complete with interchangeable numbers.
Equidisc Number 4 Equidisc Number 4
£15.50
Equidisc Number 4 Approved by British Dressage, Equidisc is the ideal number disc for all kinds of competition. This horse bridle number is neat and easy to use and comes complete with interchangeable numbers.
Hamag LeMieux Bridle Number Holder (Round) Hamag LeMieux Bridle Number Holder (Round)
£26.95
£25.95
Hamag LeMieux Bridle Number Holder (Round) Luxury premium leather number holder for competitions. Adds a touch of class to any saddle pad. Strong fixing pin provides a secure fit. Matching saddle pad number holder available Care Guide Wipe clean only
Hamag LeMieux Patent Diamante Bridle Number Holder (Round) Hamag LeMieux Patent Diamante Bridle Number Holder (Round)
£34.95
£32.95
Hamag LeMieux Patent Diamante Bridle Number Holder (Round) Luxury premium leather number holder for competitions. Adds a touch of class to any saddle pad. Strong fixing pin provides a secure fit. Matching saddle pad number holder available Care Guide Wipe clean only
Le Mieux Acavallo Allegoria Bridle Le Mieux Acavallo Allegoria Bridle
£179.95
£172.95
Le Mieux Acavallo Allegoria Bridle Italian leather bridle Wide latex-padding crown piece, leather covered Contoured and anatomic crown piece Acavallo self-adjusting noseband Anatomic noseband and browband Care Guide Wipe Clean We recommend using leather care products
Le Mieux Acavallo Primavera Bridle Le Mieux Acavallo Primavera Bridle
£154.95
£149.95
Le Mieux Acavallo Primavera Bridle Bridle with contoured and anatomic crownpiece. Wide and comfortable crownpiece with Latex®-padding covered in leather. Plain browband and self-adjusting noseband. Info & Care Care Guide Wipe Clean We recommend using leather care products
Rambo Micklem Diamante Competition Bridle Black Rambo Micklem Diamante Competition Bridle Black
£149.95
£134.95
Rambo Micklem Diamante Competition Bridle The bridles are designed to comfortably fit the shape of the horse’s skull, avoiding pressure on sensitive areas. The Micklem® Competition bridle is a show quality bridle made from hand finished leather with soft padding on the headpiece, browband, noseband and cheekpieces. Comes with tongue protection bit clips and 2 sets of bit straps. Cannot be used as…
Shires Aviemore Diamante Flash Bridle Black Shires Aviemore Diamante Flash Bridle Black
£53.99
£48.59
Shires Aviemore Diamante Flash Bridle Black This smart flash bridle is padded at the nose and head and features an eyecatching three row diamante browband. The ergonomic all in one headpiece helps reduce pressure for greater comfort and the throatlash adjusts on both sides. Rubber covered reins, hook stud billets and stainless steel fittings.
Shires Aviemore Diamante Flash Bridle Havana Shires Aviemore Diamante Flash Bridle Havana
£53.99
£48.59
Shires Aviemore Diamante Flash Bridle Havana This smart flash bridle is padded at the nose and head and features an eyecatching three row diamante browband. The ergonomic all in one headpiece helps reduce pressure for greater comfort and the throatlash adjusts on both sides. Rubber covered reins, hook stud billets and stainless steel fittings.

Horse Bridles

At Equi Supermarket we are pleased to offer you an exceptional collection of bridles from the world’s leading equestrian ranges. With beautifully crafted leather bridles from Bridleway, Jeffries Equestrian, Le Mieux Equestrian, Schockemohle and Caldene we are sure that you will find the perfect bridle for you and your horse. There are several different styles to choose form...

Snaffle Bridles

Snaffle bridles feature a single bit and a single set of reins. The most common bit used with this type of bridle is the snaffle bit, but other single-rein bits can also be used. The snaffle bridle and bit is accepted for use in most equestrian disciplines. The bridle connects to the bit, and the bit is a straight bar. This type of bridle is designed to enable riders to exert the necessary control over their horse but without the use of any leverage from the bit in the mouth.

Elements of a Snaffle Bridle

There are three principle types of English bridle but the most frequently used is the snaffle bridle. It is a popular choice because it is simple and versatile. Used for leisure riding and in most equestrian disciplines, the snaffle bridle is the first bridle that most riders will use.

A snaffle bridle consists of a single snaffle bit, a throat lash, a nose band, a cheek piece, a brow band and a head piece. The reins are then attached to the bit rings. The bridle works through the transference of pressure. As the rider pulls on the reins that pressure is transferred to the bit and through the bit to the horse’s mouth, poll and nasal bone. The noseband keeps the horse’s jaws in alignment and prevents the animal from opening its mouth wide enough to expel the bit.

Nosebands

Different nosebands or cavesons can be used in conjunction with a snaffle bridle including flash and figure-8 styles. Each equestrian discipline has its own rules regarding which nosebands can be used. Dressage riders may prefer a flash noseband whereas cross country riders and showjumpers would usually use a figure-8. This is because the figure-8 is designed to afford extra room for horses’ nostrils to flare whilst working.

Colour

Snaffle bridles are available in different colour leathers and synthetics. Black leather snaffle bridles are preferred for dressage as they provide a clean and understated look. Here any features designed to enhance comfort such as padding on the noseband are hidden from view. Some colour or interest could feature on a dressage bridle in the form of contrasting piping or decorative beads.

Traditional brown shades of leather are more likely to appeal to those riding in cross country events or purely for leisure. Bridles for hunter, jumper and cross country riders are generally understated and chosen to complement the particular horse. Embellishments are not permitted for hunters.

Sizing and Fit

Snaffle bridles are available in different sizes and it is important that you achieve a good fit. When you purchase a new bridle it is best to test the fit before you mark the bridle in any way as then you will be able to return it. To check the fit, therefore, put the bridle on your horse with all the buckles undone so you don’t cause any indentations in the leather. Simply push the ends of the straps through the running loops gently and without bending the straps until they crease. When the bridle is in place gently pull the straps to replicate their position if buckled using the middle hole.

The Finger Test

You should be able to fit two fingers under the browband, two under the noseband, one under the headpiece at the poll and four under the throatlash. The buckles on the cheek should line up with the horse’s eyes. The bit should lie comfortably in the horse’s mouth and create a small wrinkle at the corner of the lips. The bit shouldn't be too wide or too narrow as it could rub or pinch. The browband should be comfortable but tight enough to prevent the headband from being pulled forward.

Cavesson Bridles

Cavesson bridles have a noseband attached to a slip head that passes through the brow band and then sits underneath the headpiece of the bridle. The cavesson noseband is a single strap of leather that fits around the horse's muzzle. A flat cavesson noseband is also known as a hunter cavesson noseband. The cavesson noseband was originally designed so that a standing martingale could be attached to the bridle. Without the martingale attached the cavesson nose band is merely aesthetic.

Flash Bridles

Flash bridles feature both a cavesson noseband and a drop noseband. They are a relatively recent innovation featuring a regular cavesson but with an extra strap which keeps the horse’s mouth closed. This type of bridle is favoured by jumpers who want the control of a drop cavesson but wish to use the English cavesson noseband for attaching a standing martingale.

Grackle Bridles

Grackle bridles are fashioned with a noseband attached to a slip head that passes through the browband and sits underneath the headpiece of the bridle. This type of bridle features two leather straps that cross over on the nose and through a slotted, leather circle. This circle can often have a sheepskin backing for comfort. The Grackle bridle is a variation on flash styles which applies pressure evenly and over a larger area than a flash noseband when a horse opens its mouth. Grackle bridles provide more room around the nostrils to make breathing easier for the horse.

Buy Online at Equi Supermarket

The Equi Supermarket bridle range features high quality leather bridles and is priced to please. To ensure that your bridle remains in the best condition for longer it will require regular cleaning and conditioning. You will find the cleaners and conditioners you need in our leather care collection.

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