Tuesday, April 5, 2016

WEF bridles

I'm not done with BreyerWest. However, I am taking a break from BreyerWest coverage to catch up on other things, including this wonderful series of tack photos from Susan Parker. Susan recently spent a day at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida and has kindly allowed to share some of her pictures here. Thank you so much, Susan!

Hunter and Jumper Bridles at the Winter Equestrian Festival

by Susan Parker

All hunters seemed to use the same D ring snaffle.
There it is again! The only difference was the color of the leather.
Equitation had a little more variation.
Then I walked to the warmup area for the jumpers. 
This is where things began to be interesting.
There was the simple.
Still simple...
Then there were variations...
These included lots of gags...
and pelhams...
and variations on gags... 
and pelhams. 
Rear view of the previous bridle
 Bitless #1
Bitless #2. 
The horse was NOT happy. Can someone explain this??? (note from Jennifer: I think it's just a regular gag bit with an trendy, "anatomic" type flash noseband.)
Or explain this? (Yeah, I can't even...)
As always, it's really interesting to see what's being used in the show ring as opposed to just what's available in a catalog. Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful pictures, Susan!

23 comments:

  1. So I think this means we need to see a Braymere Dy'On Anatomic jumper bridle. I happen to have a *lot* of reference photos for this one and they're ALL the rage in the jumper ring these days ;)

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    1. This probably reflects my age, but I just can't seem to fall in love with the look of all these weird new anatomic and ergonomic bridles. Nothing is impossible, but I like making pretty tack, so there are no plans to do this in 1:9 scale.

      (And I won't be making that last bridle, either!)

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  2. Dibs on NOT creating that last bridle :)

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  3. So many bits and bridles! I use a regular D-ring (and sometimes a gag), but I've never *seen* several of these (especially those last two).

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  4. The last on is a combination bit. I have never seen it used in english before. It uses the action of a bit and hackamore.

    http://trackright.co.uk/collections/misc-bits/products/happymouthrollercombinationbit

    This looks similar to the one in the photo

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    1. You're right. It's definitely a gag/hackamore combo bit paired with another funky noseband. I've seen several of these bits in the jumper ring over the years, but I've never ridden in one and couldn't even begin to "explain" it.

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  5. I can't blame the unhappy bay for being unhappy. The draw gag he's in pulls his head up, but the martingale pulls him back down. At least it looks somewhat loose.

    The hackagag on the last horse looks like something straight out off of a bad barrel racer with the addition of the martingale and the flash. Because I guess he's already run through a regular snaffle, hackamore, gag, martingale, flash, twisted mouth, waterford, etc.

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  6. Last one looks like a gag/hack combo over a micklem

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  7. The last bride is an "anatomicall" version of a hackabit. The bit is used for stearing and direction while the hackamore functions as your brakes. I have seen them used, most of the time, in the 1.30 ranks and higher although you will see them in lower level classes and the occasional pony jumper. I have only ever ridden in one once and can, personally, say I was not a fan. Hope this answers some questions!

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  8. the last horse, dang could they hang any more stuff on his head, poor devil. I agree with Laura, he had probably blown thru everything else. Back to the round pen and start again.

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  9. The noseband in the last pic is one of these - http://www.mitchellmoorequestrian.co.uk/apps/webstore/products/show/6462259

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  10. I'm of the opinion that if you can't ride without some kinda torture device to keep your horse's mouth cranked shut or just keep the horse under control, you have no business being on a horse at all.

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  11. Usually I just use a D- ring and sometimes a French Link

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  12. The last one must be complicated to get on.... poor horse

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  13. Uhhh... I am needing brain bleach after looking at that last set up, but I enjoyed the other photos! I've never seen one of those funky anatomic nosebands like the OTHER unhappy horse was wearing before, just the Micklems. Very odd and I'd love to know the purpose (I do understand the Micklem).

    I know some jumpers use a hack-a-bit combo and eventers, too. At least this one doesn't have any wire or chain going on, unlike a certain eventer's setup that has caused bleeding on several occasions. :(

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    1. I know exactly who you are talking about, and it's gross. The really gross part is she uses that monstrosity on more than one horse. It's obviously a go-to bridle in her collection.

      :(

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    2. Yup... and when they first went to her barn they somehow managed to go without. ?? The fact that stewards allowed her to continue, and her published response to the situation, only further upset me. I really don't get it and it all left a very bad taste in MY mouth!

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  14. Everything I ride now goes in a really mild bit or no bit at all. However, I'm mostly just doing really low level dressage or riding down the trail. There's a problem if I need anything more than that.

    Riding jumpers is different. I rode a couple non-famous Grand Prix horses way back when. I just flatted them, and they were totally fine in a plain snaffle. Over fences at a big show... well, that was a different story. Both horses needed more brakes and power steering for that. Neither needed anything crazy, but the plain snaffle just wasn't enough.

    That said, I think there's a big difference between "stronger bit" and "mean bit." I don't love the hackamore/gag at all, but I also object to the double twisted wire with draw reins. No one's mentioned that one, but it's just about my least favorite here.

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  15. I agree with "Anonymous" who posted at 1:05 PM - if you can't ride a horse without a grotesque contraption on their head, you should find another sport.

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  16. That last bridle/bit/whatever combination is horrendous! I agree with others that if you control your horse with more simple or traditional equipment you shouldn't own a horse. As a equine cranio sacral therapist, the a lot pressure on horses noses can be very painful and damaging for them!

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  17. I've only seen pictures of those bits in catalogs and they looked bad enough without even being on a horse. Seeing them 'in use' (the above photos) makes me...I can't explain it. It looks horrible. I agree with the others who've said if you need that kind of contraption then there's something wrong with the rider, not the horse.

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  18. Those bottom two photos are just awful, and that last one is absolutely disgusting. Someone should have yanked that rider off her horse and put that contraption combination on her! Is this really what equine sports have come to?

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