Remember to leave room for comfort everywhere!
For best results, and I know this sounds …different, tell your horse what’s happening. Tack him/her up in their regular bridle and ride for 10 or 15 minutes – WTC, stop and back or whatever it is you do normally.
Then, put on the Nurtural and proceed as follows:
Cannot stress this enough: fit this bridle loosely – you should be able to slide your flat hand easily under every strap! AND the REINSTRAP is NEVER positioned as a throatlatch…even if your brain wants to!
- Unbuckle the Reinstrap and Cheekstrap on one side of the bridle and slip the bridle on over the ears.
- First, find the level at which the noseband will sit by gently feeling the soft cartilage of the nostrils and sliding your hand up until the nasal bone and the skull converge, now buckle your Cheekstrap there. You want the Noseband resting on the hard part of the horse’s nose.
- Buckle the Noseband up leaving lots of room for comfort – it’s got to be loose!
- The Noseband is never tight and never restricts breathing.
- Buckle up the Reinstrap, at the same hole as the Cheekstrap for now, you’ll be doing some tweaking of the fit!
- Slide the keepers from the Circle-X, we want to position it properly – it is how you manage to make the Reinstrap cross at the proper place on the cheek.
- To have the proper adjustment for the Circle-X, you hold the Reinstrap rings so they just meet under the chin.
- Now thread the excess (if you have excess strap, most do) UP through the Circle-X, and you can now adjust the Cheekstrap buckle if necessary.
- Pull them through the Circle-X to shorten or lengthen. (Think of how your even up laces on shoes…)
- The Circle-X should be about 1.5 inches from the noseband. The reinstrap must cross the widest part of the horse’s cheek.
- Slide the keepers back onto the Circle-X and you are ready to go!
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When properly fitted:
- The noseband sits loosely on the hard part of the nose – above the nasal passages.
- The reinstrap rings extend just 2 to 3 inches past the noseband rings (they just touch under the chin).
- The reinstraps cross the widest part of the cheek – with no pressure where they cross under to the Circle-X.
IMPORTANT – Check the “wiggle room here!
- The Circle-X is centered under the jaw, usually with 1.5-2 inches between the Circle-X and the noseband.
As with any new equipment, it’s best to take some time for both of you to become accustomed to this bridle in a safe familiar environment. Show your horse how it works on the ground. Stop and turn a few times at each gait.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any problems or questions. We CAN help. Check out our youtube videos and find us on Facebook to see what other Nurtural owners say!
At the 2016 Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, we had a picture come in asking if the fit was right. It was not! So, the next morning we fitted a bridle to the mannequine (hehe, you see what I did there?) to match the fit we wanted to fix. Here’s the video of how to fix your fit!