Basic Horsemanship : How to Bridle a Horse

Bridle the horse for what is considered a training session. A training session usually means that we’re going to incorporate some type of a snaffle bit. Learn basic horsemanship from a ranch owner, trainer and instructor in this free video.

Expert: Kathy Kentala
Bio: Kathy Kentala owns the Bee Cave Riding Center in Austin, TX. She also owns Signal Hill Ranch, a western venue specializing in team penning and ranch sorting, barrels, poles, and other speed events.
Filmmaker: MAKE | MEDIA


25 Responses to Basic Horsemanship : How to Bridle a Horse

  1. Anonymous says:

    I love your quarter horse, she is so pretty!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Can anyone help me? I just received a horse that isn’t used to having a bridle on him, and every time you try to put a bridle on him, he starts trying to get away, starts putting his head as high in the air as he can, etc… I put the halter around his neck. It takes about 15-20 mins to get it on him. I have tried putting honey on the bit, and it doesn’t matter. Can someone help me?

  3. Anonymous says:

    i love that halter. pretty horse also.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I don’t think the instructor knows the horse is a boy…..

  5. Anonymous says:

    That was very helpful thanks

  6. Anonymous says:

    how do i know what? I guess you werent clear about it. but in my exp its not the best method for all horses, people have some strange practices and bring their horses to the barn and they bring their bad habbits with them, this method can lose you a horse, and also with your back to them you cant see anything coming up behind either.

  7. Anonymous says:

    how do you know?
    i work at a barn that trains, period.
    we work on problem horses anywhere from foals to even 18 year olds.

  8. Anonymous says:

    but thats babies you train from the start, when you work in a barn that gets horses that have been raised until 2-5 years old, from all types of people with different methods, this isnt the way that works for all horses.

  9. Anonymous says:

    nope, we have babies that have been started for only one week and we have them just fine with taking off the halter like that.
    it’s not that difficult to train manners.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Wow bits cause mental and physical problems? Lol!!!!!! Omg.. lol my horse is 20 had him since 8.. I’ve owned tons of horses lol my horses have no mental ir physical damage lol! They still act the same as when I got em

  11. Anonymous says:

    obviously the horses you worked with were used to being ridden and not in the first 30 days of training you cant just take the halter off of them like that.

  12. Anonymous says:

    We wrap the halters around the neck alone, seems to work really well especially for that antsy horse. and also allows us not to have the halter on and bridle at the same time.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Love this! Thanks for sharing :-)

  14. Anonymous says:

    @Laylexx dude she puts the reins around her neck to keep her from running away and it also keeps the reins out of the way so then if the horse or you moved you wouldnt step on them which stepping on your reins can ruin them

  15. Anonymous says:

    @Laylexx She probably knows this horse very well, it varies from horse to horse on what technique best t use

  16. Anonymous says:

    Both of my horses have a dent on their nose from a HALTER. I stopped using halters on them, and this sometimes makes it difficult to capture them from in the pasture when i want to ride. But does anyone know how to get rid of those dents? and allow them to heal , also how to prevent them so i can use halters again!

  17. Anonymous says:

    I have taught myself as much as I can about that cossack tradition of riding, but it’s just so weird trying to use a Moorish (once again, Western saddles are a type of Moorish saddle) saddle. I can’t stand tall enough and the riding is too rough for such a hard seat.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I really appreciate there being these instructive videos on how to use the Moorish (Western) and Hungarian (English) saddles, but I still have a burning desire. I have been searching for so long for information regarding Ukrainian cossack and Mongolian saddle and rigging usage. These two setups are different from the two I mentioned before by quite a bit. I know the cossack saddle has a padded seat and higher stirups, and that the Mongolian one has a higher horn. If anyone has any information…

  19. Anonymous says:

    I love horses i do anything to have one :)

  20. Anonymous says:

    I am such a Wester Rider.Im not a skinny girl so wearing jodphurs wouldnt work for me.And being country is soooo much fun!!you dont have to be “proper”eww

  21. Anonymous says:

    I have always used bridles with a french snaffle bit…It is a very kind bit. Bits are only cruel if the rider does not have soft hands. That’s why I ride English…You cue the horse with your body, not the reins.

  22. Anonymous says:

    You ALWAYS throw the reins over the halter before you remove the halter.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Really bad technique!!!??,

  24. Anonymous says:

    what kind of bit was that? it looked more like a tom thumb than a snaffle

  25. Anonymous says:

    Bad advice…