Halters, Bridles and Bits
By: Jessica Ballard
A snaffle bridle is the most commonly used english bridle. Its started in young horses that trail ride. It works from the pressure of the bit as it applies to the corners of the horses mouth, lips, tongue and palate. The nose band keeps the horses jaw aligned and prevents the horse from opening its mouth to avoid the bit.
A weymouth bridle is also called a double bridle. This bridle can be spotted on horses training in the upper levels of dressage. This bridle has two bits a weymouth, or curb, bit and a bradoon and also two sets of reins.
A pelham bridle is often used for schooling and general riding. This bridle somewhat mimics the action of the bridoon and weymouth bit combination used on a double bridle. May be used when the horse cannot hold the two bits comfortably.