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How to Make a Bitless Bridle

| Updated September 26, 2017

Things You'll Need

  • Three leather straps with buckles (or canvas strips with buckles), one 18 inches, one 24 inches, one 34 inches (size may vary slightly)

  • Steel ring

  • Stitching material appropriate for fabric

Traditional bridles with a bit can cause pain for the horse, exerting pressure with the hard steel in the animal's sensitive mouth. Making your own bitless bridle can resolve this problem and may help the horse's behavior as well.

Buckle the first strap. This strap, when it is buckled to form a loop, encircles the horse's muzzle at a circumference of about 18 inches. The buckle will allow you to tighten or loosen the strap slightly, depending on the horse.

Stitch the metal ring to the first strap, about 3 inches from the buckle end. This steel ring will sit directly beneath the horse's chin.

Thread the 34-inch strap strap through the steel ring, at appropriate length to reach around the back of the horse's head behind the ears, with the buckle positioned to allow easy adjustment. The horse's cheek is the best spot for the buckle, so leave about 8 inches between the ring and the buckle at the end of the strap. Secure this position by stitching the strap together just behind the steel ring, creating a loop that interlocks with the steel ring.

Stitch the 24-inch strap at right angles to the second strap. This third strap will pass over the horse's brow between the eyes and ears and will cross the second strap at each cheek behind and below the eye.

Attach a rein to the steel ring at the chin of the bridle. This ring can also be used to clip a lead rope, like a halter.