Bridle Fit

BRIDLE Fit: Traditional

My grandfather hunting in a pelham with two reins.

Headpiece spreads the load of the bridle.  Many bridles have gone to “comfort crowns” and indentations for the ears.  Crown pieces also offer various configurations of the noseband attachment, such as threaded through the crown to keep the surface on the horse’s poll smooth, as well as stitched into the crown so that there is one strap over the poll.  If the strap is too narrow the pressure maybe uncomfortable causing the horse to shake his head. Often placing the narrower strap above the wider strap will alleviate the problem.

Browband: not so short that it pulls the cheek straps forward.

Noseband: two finger widths below protruding cheekbone. Figure eights: I have seen the rings above and below the tip of the cheekbone but what is important is not to put pressure on the bone itself.

“Be sure  the buckles on the noseband do not exert pressure on the TMJ joint.  The buckles needs to be below the joint so that when tightened, it does not cause tension in this joint and inhibit acceptance of bit and the ability of the horse to relax the jaw.” -Kim Henneman, DVM (

Cheekpieces: Adjusted so that the bit sits in the mouth with two wrinkles.

Throatlatch: two finger widths from cheekbone.


Using a Micklem Bridle

The Micklem Bridle  is designed to place pressure only on bone structure and alleviate pressure on facial nerves.  The unique styling of the noseband reflects this approach.  The bridle was created and introduced in 2008 by William Micklem, coach and author.

Micklem Bridle. Permitted for use at any level where snaffles are permitted.  Bit clips may not be used with this bridle.

For more information on application and fit of the Micklem bridle:

How the Rambo Micklem Multibridle Works

How to assemble the Micklem Bridle

Full Video about the Rambo Micklem Multibridle

Strafford Saddlery is the preeminent horse tack shop in Vermont. Stocked with an abundance horse tack supplies, Strafford Saddlery and our online horse tack shop is the one-stop source for all of your horse equipment needs. Finding the proper saddle is one of the most important investments that you can make in horse riding. We sell an assortment of different new and used saddles, stocking Bates and Barnsby Jump and dressage Saddles. Find the perfect one for you and your beloved horse. Our experienced staff can help with proper fit and all saddles available to test ride. Wide range of breeches, boots and turnout blankets. The optimal fit for your riding breeches will not only leave you looking stylish, improve performance, and increase comfort. We offer three styles of Tredstep tall boots. Our horse blankets come in an array of different colors, sizes, designs and thickness levels. Breathable and waterproof Horseware Ireland turnout blankets will keep your horse cozy, clean and fashionable. Take advantage of the excellent sale prices we currently have on our riding breeches and horse blankets! Strafford Saddlery takes tremendous pride in our customer service and we know our products. We strive to help our customers find all their needed equestrian supplies in Vermont. Horses are our passion and we love to help other horse enthusiasts find the equipment needed to keep their horse healthy and in top shape. If you have any questions about our products or how to find the right fit, please contact us.