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:

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

  2. Anonymous says:

    Bad advice…

  3. Anonymous says:

    i agree…i never bridle a horse that is tied up. Its dangerous

  4. Anonymous says:

    @chulok371 Beware, bitless bridles can be just as harmful to a horse as a traditional bit, because the noseband rests on sensitive cartilage. As always, its up the rider to know how to properly handle the horse without heavy hands.

  5. Anonymous says:

    now imagine someone forcing a bar on top of those teeth that have cavities and applying pressure..then everytime you do something wrong they apply even more pressure…you tell me if you’d be in pain…instead cornell suggested the cross over bitless bridle as an alternative and has been proven more effective than a bit

  6. Anonymous says:

    i just read a piece by cornell about bits and apparently theyre extremely harmful to the horse causing all types of physical and mental problems because of where the bit sits. basically they described it as this: imagine you have two teeth on each side of your mouth that have cavities( to the point of root canalbecause in a horses mouth the bit sits on a very narrow part of the mouth that have no teeth but just nerve lined gums…

  7. Anonymous says:

    I’m studying up to saddle a horse before I start having lessns so I atleast know what my trainer will be talking about. Thanks ya!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I have that bridle. its the exact same its just a different bit. my horse has a sensitive mouth

  9. Anonymous says:

    @marcieincooke Also, its nice that horses have a pressure point at where you are talking at, so even if horses aren’t trained for it, they still will put their heads down it pressure is applied. 😀

  10. Anonymous says:

    isnt she on livestrong ???

  11. Anonymous says:

    @JustTheMoonlight It doesn’t hurt the horse to put your finger there. it’s where the bit sits anyway so they are use to pressure there and it doesn’t hurt them it’s not like she is digging her finger into the horses gums she just sticks her finger in the space behind the incisors. most horses will open their mouths without you using any pressure cuz your fingers are salty and they end up licking.

  12. Anonymous says:

    It is bad for the horse to put your finger there. I don’t like bridles, but the place where you putted your finger is not really good, cuz you are hurting her.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I liked this video

  14. Anonymous says:

    Just don’t understand why this is referred to as a snaffle bit. to me a snaffle bit is a single ring bit with no chain. it’s also a pretty thin bit so appears quite harsh for a training bit.

  15. Anonymous says:

    90% of horses will stand still with no halter.
    im 15, and work at a ranch in exchange for lessons.
    i’ve saddled and bridled over 50 horses.
    of all the 50 horses, only about 3 i had to keep haltered. i only KNOW 2 horses there.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Just a thought… at 2:23 when human head is hovering over horse head “checking keepers”, then this could be a moment a horse could toss head up and knock your teeth out. This could happen even if just for tossing head for a fly annoyance, so be careful folks learning about horses from this video. This is obviously a very calm horse that she knows or she wouldn’t be handling it this way, such as how she completely took off the halter and assumed horse would stand.

  17. Anonymous says:

    One quick question – why would you do a bridling demonstration with a horse that just had its teeth floated yesterday? Why not use a different horse?

  18. Anonymous says:

    @TinaLovesLady sure! I hope it helps! :)

  19. Anonymous says:

    @marcieincooke Thanks! :)

  20. Anonymous says:

    If the horse wanted to it could’ve made a run for it before the reins where put around the neck. you hold both sides of the halter and attach it around the top of its head so you have a control so the horse couldn’t have run. Then when the bridles on you can take it off. What she did was totally unsafe.

  21. Anonymous says:

    @TinaLovesLady We teach our horses to lower their heads when we put pressure on the top of their head inbetween their ears and with the word down! If you have to, you can rest your arm in that area while you put the bit in their mouth and ably pressure with your forearm! teach them just in the round pen when they have their halter on! Apply pressure slowly building until the horse drops their head! release pressure, rub, and repeat!

  22. Anonymous says:

    @lalokitaa11 the horse is fine. :]

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