The bridle has a coiled noseband, to reduce slip and movement on the face and improve responsiveness. At the same time, produce the minimum amount of pressure on the nasal area. The coiled noseband has minimum contact, allowing air movement and cooling. Bridle has a throat latch and the poll strap is shortened to reduce any chance of getting caught up, all with the sport rider in mind.
This bridle can be adjusted to be used on a range of horses and can be made in cob and full sizes (pony and warmblood sizes can be ordered). The coiled noseband has a knotted chin piece that can be adjusted to suit your horse. This is the real benefit of this design. You set the noseband size so that it provides a nice comfortable fit for you horse. The knotted chin piece only comes into effect if the horse tries to run thru the bridle, when it then makes contact with the jaw. This pressure is released immediately the horse comes back online. Riders using this type of setup have told us that a horse quickly learns to respond to the more subtle cues and communication improves.
The Enduro may at first appear just to be a simple side pull bridle, but there is a lot more happening with the design. The bridles action is firmly based on Natural Horsemanship principles; here is a brief explanation of the action linked to the thought process that was the foundation of the design.
It is based on the ask – tell – promise line of thinking that gets you to apply pressure slowly at all times, but release it quickly to reward the horse for giving the desired response to a specific cue.
Set Up Cue: Just lifting the marine rope rein can be felt at the bridle, this acts as a set up cue to alert the horse that a request is about to be made and something will change. This allows the horse to be emotionally and physically ready for the cue.
Ask: The lightest pressure on one rein will open that side of the noseband and put slight pressure on the opposite side of the horses nose. This asks the horse to give to pressure and follow the feel and make a directional change. This aspect is much like riding with a rope hackamore, side pull bridle or even a snaffle bit.
Tell: If the ask was ignored, any increase in pressure will open the noseband even more than with the ‘ask’ stage, but the reins snaps will pull back and oval out the rope loops that connect the noseband to the chin piece. This will slightly decrease the noseband opening bringing the chin piece into contact with the lower jawline, although the pressure is slight, it will let the horse think about how much easier life is if it follows the light ‘ask’ request.
We do limit the amount of reduction possible by the size of the noseband loops, so it does not become a constrictive device. Pain is a poor motivator and has no place in humane intelligent training.
Promise: If the ‘tell’ is also ignored, holding the rein pressure will result in the noseband & chinstrap making full contact around the nose. As we noted in Leather Bosal Hackamore training, the lower jawline is sensitive to pressure and the bridle will become uncomfortable if the horse continues to push thru the noseband and ignore the rein/body cues. A common reaction is for the horse to break at the poll and dip its head, instantly releasing pressure on the nose as the noseband falls away. This action in itself can help regain control in some situations. The bridle will instantly release pressure the second you release the pressure on the rein or the horse drops its head giving to the noseband. This instant release is the training aspect that helps the horse to quickly learn that life is great if it follows the initial ‘ask’