Friday, March 13, 2015

The Bridle Path

Although it is regarded as heresy in certain Icelandic horse circles, bridle paths can be useful in finetuning
bridle fit.  I have been making some Viking period reconstruction bridles for Blessi.  One of the things that I discovered is that if Blessi does not have a bridle path, the leather of the bridle (from center of head to bit) is at least 1 inch longer on the side that has all the mane.  This has got to impact straightness and precision of contact with your horse.  So Blessi has a bridle path, which is not the first time.

As you can see, the mane extends for almost 4 inches across the poll of the head.  That is a lot of hair!!!!

Lysh did the trim job again.  I always butcher stuff like this.

Although Blessi has had a bridle path from time to time, I don't believe in trimming whiskers or ear hair.

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