Lets get this post started with a bridle blog roll:
Forging Fiction: To Flash Or Not To Flash?
Please feel free to link some more in the comments! These are just the ones in my recent memory.
All of the above bridle posts plus the comments I received at the Dr. Schacht clinic have really made me look at my bridles and question if they are the right choice for Hemie.
I’ve had both my bridles since before Hemie came into the picture. Since they fit him fine, I’ve been using them from day 1 and never thought much about it.
|With blingy brow band.|
Normally I follow the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach. But I realized there are some points to consider:
|At Dr. Schacht clinic in February|
|At the show on Sunday|
|Also from show on Sunday|
Hemie will sometimes open his mouth during rides, though just for a few moments at a time, not for any significant duration. From what I understand, an open mouth is undesirable for 2 reasons. First, it can dry out their mouth, which hampers connection with the bit. Secondly, it “looks bad” from an aesthetics perspective.
I’ve noticed it at some point during some of my XC videos: an air gap between Hemie’s face and the cheek piece. Presumably the bit is rising in his mouth and/or he’s wiggling his jaw. I haven’t heard of this issue before, but it sure doesn’t look like its supposed to happen, and it’s got me thinking a lot about bit stability.
|At least there isn’t a gap under my leg!|
We may not have a major bridling problem, but I’d be silly not to be open to better options out there. Ever since the clinic I’ve been riding with a tighter cavesson, and it doesn’t seem to bother Hemie during rides. But a tight cavesson just bothers me for some reason, especially the more I’ve researched on the Micklem bridle.
After listening to an interview of William Micklem on the Horses In The Morning podcast as well as reading through his website and a recent Eventing Nation post about it, I decided to go ahead and purchase it.
It comes in about 2 weeks, but due to the kindness of Karen (of Not-So-Speedy Dressage fame), we have some photos of how Hemie will look in it: