When I was in Wellington, I mentioned to my friend that I wanted to get a figure 8 bridle for Simon to school in.
“Why?” She exclaimed, “Your horse is a good boy. He doesn’t open up his mouth!”
I didn’t exactly have a good answer, because my horse is a good boy and doesn’t open up his mouth. I realized the reason I wanted a figure 8 bridle is because they look cool and jumpery.
I think a lot of people who are local showers like me put a lot of stress on “looking the part” and for jumpers that means a figure 8, open front boots and some kind of breastplate/running martingale combination. Of course when I had a front row seat at the WEF Grand Prix I could so easily see that the real jumpers don’t have that rigid of uniform.
We had lots of running martingales and figure 8 nosebands, shown here with what I think is a full cheek gag bit.
A breastplate with a running martingale attachment, flash noseband and gag bit.
Five point breastplate with running attachment, flash noseband with full cheek snaffle and vet wrap shadow rolls.
What looks like a rubber full cheek.
Double bridle and what I like to call a “oh shit” strap.
Bib martingale, rubber Pelham with converter and figure 8.
Elastic breastplate with running martingale over top it, baucher bit and flash.
4 ring elevator with flash attachment.
A… Lot of hardware, haha.
Gag bit using two reins.
What looks like a simple loose ring.
Hackamore with breathing strips and more vet wrap shadow rolls.
Pelham with a converter and what looks like a rope noseband?
And finally, a good ol’ Kimberwick!
There. I have officially geeked out on tack for too long. Anything surprise you? Anger you? Please you?