Lifelong equestrian shows how to put a bridle on a horse and how to tack up a horse in this free equestrian video on horse care and riding.

Expert: Mara Keith-Hunter
Bio: Mara Keith-Hunter is a lifelong equestrian and head coach for the Hampshire College equestrian team.
Filmmaker: David Pakman


25 Responses to How to Tack Up a Horse : How to Put the Bridle on a Horse

  1. Anonymous says:

    Haha, In my opinion it’s the hardest part of tacking up xD

  2. Anonymous says:

    thankyou. i learned a fair bit.

  3. Anonymous says:

    He’s not gonna pull away cause he’s cross tied, if his ears were pinned flat back, than you are two late…he’s saying, “get away, leave me alone, don’t make instructional videos with me, I’m not an actor, you’re not an instructor,” Listen dueche, a horse doesn’t have to be stepping all over the place to be communicating, they make a multitude of signals, poor guy has been cross tied so long he’s just taking it. Haltering, bridle, and such, should take place under your off hand arm.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The horse did not indicate once that he didn’t like being messed with. If he had, he would’ve pulled away once that halter came off. If the horse were bothered by how this girl bridled him, his ears would’ve been pinned flat back and they weren’t. He would’ve tried backing up, moving forward, side-stepping, anything he could to get away from her if this horse wasn’t “properly trained” as you so claim. Stop acting like a know-it-all. It just makes you look ridiculous.

  5. Anonymous says:

    They weren’t pinned they were in a relaxed position. A horse showing aggression or discomfort would have his ears right back against his head but since you are such an expert you knew that right?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Same here when i tack up my horse patrick. His ears go back and he scrapes the dirts with his foot. So yes i totally agree with you batchagaloop!

  7. Anonymous says:

    lol…the horse’s ears are not back for a ‘multitude’ of reasons. His ears are back because he doesn’t like you and he doesn’t like you messing with him. He hasn’t been properly trained, you have him cross tied because you don’t know how to handle him and you definately should not be making instructional ‘how to’ vids cause you know trash. Learn to get a horse’s respect…than again..I guess you have to be a horse person to figure that out.

  8. Anonymous says:

    The horse’s ears could have been back for a multitude of reasons. Doesn’t necessarily mean she was in any danger. The horse maybe just doesn’t like being tacked. My horses don’t like girths, when they know its coming their ears go back.

  9. Anonymous says:

    When you take off the halter you should slip into his neck do you do not have to hold his head.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Best trick I ever learned from a longtime horseman,when you first start teaching a horse to take the bit put a little molasses on it. It only takes a time or two and your horse will be dropping his head with his mouth wide open. Works great with horses that are head shy.

  11. Anonymous says:

    but wierdly if she had done it properly she would have showed us how to tighten the throat lash and the nose band :/

  12. Anonymous says:

    depends on the horse and the type of bridle of course. should only be one wrinkle

  13. Anonymous says:

    After you do this. Do you have to tighten it or let it be lose.

  14. Anonymous says:

    That was ALL wrong…that horse had his ears pinned the whole time you were there, and you put yourself in harms way everytime your touched the horse. Why don’t you bridle 15 colts in one day that have never been bridled, then you would learn how to bridle. Its sad that 60K people watched this and some thought they actually learned something.

  15. Anonymous says:

    My horse always throws his head up when I do that.

  16. Anonymous says:

    trust me guys its not that easy….!

  17. Anonymous says:

    My horse always puts his head up like a griaffe ugh! I’m always saying “put your head down silly!” I love him though <3Windser<3

  18. Anonymous says:

    Since your most likely to be on the left of the horse, start with the left ear, so your not accidentally going to hurt her. so pretty much “Start with the ear closest to you”

  19. Anonymous says:

    I look so stupid trying to get the bridle on this pony…
    She loves to snap her head up once i get the bit in her mouth.
    I’ll try your tips next time i ride. :)

  20. Anonymous says:

    i so agree with you,

  21. Anonymous says:

    thanx this helped alot and now im gonna do great on my worker test! :)

  22. Anonymous says:

    I gotta totally agree on the well mannered horse comment. The 33 year old arabian I enjoy is so stubborn about wanting to do what SHE wants to. Getting a bit in her mouth is a trial ’cause she just raises her head sky high so I can’t reach. I made the mistake ONE time of standing in front of her trying to get the bit in and she jerked her head up. I’d LOVE to know how to keep her head down where I can reach!

  23. Anonymous says:

    thank you for taking your time to help people put on a bridle this has helped me alot.

  24. Anonymous says:

    yes you can, it oesn’t really matter, like she siad, just do one at the time

  25. Anonymous says:

    I’ve got a question and i would really appreciate it if anyone can answer: When you are putting the bridle over the horses ears and she said to put it on one ear at a time can you start with any ear?