La The function of the halter is to direct the horse through the handling of the reins performed by the rider. Depending on the purpose they have, they will be of one type or another, since each one is designed for a specific function.
The bridle is composed of:
- Browband: it is the one that runs along the horse's forehead and gives the restraint to the snooze.
- Drowning: it is knotted at the jaw of the horse, and you have to be able to pass a hand between the muzzle and the jaw of the horse.
- Noseband : Although it is not necessary for the head to have it, it is recommended.
- Mouthpiece: the embouchure is the part of the head located inside the horse's mouth, it is the part where they can take bites. There are several types, steaks, bites and pelhams. The steaks are divided into two parts, while the bites are in one piece. The bits are harder on the horse's mouth, so be careful not to pull hard on the reins. Pelhams are a variant of the embouchure for horses that do not adhere to the fillet, but are nevertheless imprecise and should be used by experienced riders.
Then we have different types of bridles:
- Stable bridle. It is the one that is used to lead the horse by the hand and be able to tie it, and they are usually leather or nylon.
- Winding headbands, are applied in the exercise when the riders are directing the horse from the ground. They have a part of leather that goes over the nose of the animal as well as a series of rings from which the rope is hooked for work.
- Riding bridles, these are used for dressage or jumping practices. In the case of classic horsemanship, simple or fillet bridles and two-reins bridles are used.
- Cowgirl bridleIt has a flycatcher that consists of leather strips placed on the animal's forehead to scare flies from the horse's eyes. They are used mainly for cowboy dressage.
- Embroidered bridlesThey are the same as the others except that they have small embroideries that adorn the horse for cases such as those necessary in morphological competitions, hooks or fairs.