Correct fitting of the bitless bridle with cross-under straps
Bitless bridle with two continous throatlashes that cross under the jaw and pass through rings on either side of the noseband, to which the reins can be attached. The pressure of both reins is divided across the whole of the horse's head so the crossed straps push the head in the right direction rather than pulling it.
Fitting the bridle
Step 1 Place the noseband at the right height. It is very important that the noseband is placed correctly on the nasal bone where the horse reacts sensitively, just above the beginning of the indendations of the nasal bone, where the pressure can cause no harm. Using your fingers, feel along the horse's head for the hollows below the nasal bone; the top of the noseband needs to sit at the top of the hollows. A little higher is also possible, if that is what you or your horse prefer. The higher the noseband, the less the effect. However, too low is dangerous as the nasal bone tapers and the narrow part can break easily. Adjust the length of the cheekpieces until the noseband is sitting in the right position.
Step 2 Buckle up the noseband. The noseband should be tighter than for a bridle with a bit. Tighten the chinstrap snugly so that it is possible to insert a man's finger, or two slim female fingers, flat between the chin and the chinstrap. This will prevent the bridle from moving to the left or to the right when using the reins. A shifting bridle has less influence and can cause skin abrasions. The noseband is too loose when the cheekpieces bow out prominently when the reins are tightened. The cheekpieces will always bow a little when tighting the reins. Also please make sure that the crossed straps are not caught under the chinstrap.
Step 3 Adjust the cross-under straps. Adjust the length of the two cross-under straps using the buckles on the cheeks, so that there is a length of at least 8 cm between the noseband ring and the ring on which the reins are to be attached. The cross-under straps must fit snugly to the head and lie flat under the cheek where they cross and pass through the rings on both sides of the noseband to the outside. The straps end in a ring to which the reins are attached. Thus the cross-under straps can have some slack to release pressure on the noseband.
Step 4 Check the browband. Check that the browband is in the right place and does not pinch the base of the ears.
Important: Never tie your horse using the cross-under straps!
Product no.: R2-HH-28000025
Bitless Bridle Estate, noseband, leather black lined, web reins. The soft alternative to riding with a bit.
Delivery weight: 560 g