In the right hands
Horse & Hound|December 23, 2021
When used correctly, the double bridle is a useful tool which gives the rider a huge range of options to refine the rein aid. Leslie Bliss discovers how
Leslie Bliss
In the right hands

CURB

The curb has an effect on the horse when the shank moves to a 45-degree angle; the horse yields by taking his nose in.

BRIDOON

The bridoon is used like a snaffle; if the horse’s head is too low, it encourages the horse to raise its head.

REINS

There are different ways to hold double reins – so first practice with two sets of reins on a snaffle or a pelham.

Top tips

  • Use a pelham or a snaffle with two sets of reins to get used to riding with double reins. Learn to become adept at shortening and lengthening them independently of each other.

  • Ask for advice – trainer, friends, saddler, bit-fitting consultant – to ensure the bits, bridle and curb chain fit correctly. Finding the right bits is not always straightforward and sometimes it takes trial and error.

  • Give your horse time to get used to having two bits in his mouth. Start off using the double with work he finds easy.

  • Make sure your horse doesn’t associate the double bridle with being asked for something he finds difficult or unpleasant. Sometimes, it helps to take him for a hack in his double bridle

“A KNIFE and fork are useful for eating, but put them in an ape’s hands, and they can be dangerous,” points out dressage legend Kyra Kyrklund as she discusses the double bridle.

This story is from the December 23, 2021 edition of Horse & Hound.

Start your 7-day Magzter GOLD free trial to access thousands of curated premium stories, and 8,500+ magazines and newspapers.

This story is from the December 23, 2021 edition of Horse & Hound.

Start your 7-day Magzter GOLD free trial to access thousands of curated premium stories, and 8,500+ magazines and newspapers.

MORE STORIES FROM HORSE & HOUNDView All
£5,000 fixed fines can be given for horse welfare offences
Horse & Hound

£5,000 fixed fines can be given for horse welfare offences

The introduction of the fines has been welcomed but, as always, effective enforcement of the law will be crucial

time-read
2 mins  |
February 22, 2024
'Today, something extraordinary happened'
Horse & Hound

'Today, something extraordinary happened'

The \"jinx of a decidedly dodgy season\" has been broken, says Tessa Waugh - hounds are running and a half-term hunt sees the children flying. Even an early home-time doesn't quell spirits

time-read
2 mins  |
February 22, 2024
'I thought I'd nick a few lengths'
Horse & Hound

'I thought I'd nick a few lengths'

An inspired ride from Harry Cobden seals victory in Ascot's Grade One in a week where he also takes the lead in the jockeys' championship

time-read
3 mins  |
February 22, 2024
Lucas does the double
Horse & Hound

Lucas does the double

A rising star books two tickets as former eventers and returning combinations impress between the white boards

time-read
3 mins  |
February 22, 2024
Viva Mexico!
Horse & Hound

Viva Mexico!

An ultra-reliable 17.3hh gelding lands his second grand prix on the trot and a \"spicy\" mare soars to victory

time-read
5 mins  |
February 22, 2024
Edward
Horse & Hound

Edward

A \"bit of a poser\" who \"needs to be in charge\", this master's horse is brilliant out hunting unless he spots a Shetland

time-read
2 mins  |
February 22, 2024
'He was probably unique'
Horse & Hound

'He was probably unique'

In the third of his series about great fox hunters he knew personally, Alastair Jackson recalls Lieutenant Colonel Dick Eames, the highly respected master and huntsman of his family pack, the Cotley Harriers

time-read
4 mins  |
February 22, 2024
Hunting's civil servants
Horse & Hound

Hunting's civil servants

Communication, tact, organisation and a head for figures - the hunt secretary's job has many facets to it, as Lucy Higginson explains

time-read
5 mins  |
February 22, 2024
Martin Scott
Horse & Hound

Martin Scott

Imagine if you could \"design\" the day's hunting of your dreams... What hounds would be hunting, where would it be, who would you take with you?

time-read
2 mins  |
February 22, 2024
Just enjoy it
Horse & Hound

Just enjoy it

For competitive amateurs, many outside influences can derail show-day focus. Madeleine Silver learns how to ease the stress to make the most of our sport

time-read
7 mins  |
February 22, 2024