Difference Between Bridle And Headstall


Hello!
Did you know there is a difference between a bridle and a headstall?
No! Well, there is a difference!

bridles and headstalls

Many people don’t know the difference between a bridle and headstall. I have had people refer to them as the thing that goes on their head or that headpiece.

That’s okay I understand! Below I have explained the correct terms.
If you are interested in learning the difference between a bridle and headstall, then please continue reading.

Tack/Equipment:

Trainers at a show will use the tack/equipment term when speaking to their students. Which means, everything they have to put on your horse to ride, the bridle, blanket, saddle, etc.
There are also other people who use it as well.

.Bridle:

It is the headstall with the bit, and reins attached. It goes on your horse’s head when riding, so you have the control of your horse, and it’s also your way to communicate with your horse. There are many different styles and colors for different riding disciplines. More on that in another page.

Headstall:

bridle and headstall

The headstall is the headpiece without the bit or reins attached. Headstalls made out of different materials such as leather or nylon. And also come in many varieties of styles, and colors.

Styles can be a two earpiece, one earpiece, browband or just a plain strap that lays behind the ears. They can also have a throat latch strap that buckles behind the horse’s jaw. The purpose of this strap is to keep it properly in place.

Bit:

A bit is a piece that goes in your horse’s mouth and for communication and control. Bits are categorized into two groups,

Snaffle Bits:

  A Snaffle is a direct pressure bit 

  Curb Bits:

The curb bit is a leverage bit with shanks.

Both types of bits can have a variety of different mouthpieces and styles with a roller on it so the horse can play with it and be more content. Bits are made of stainless steel (the most common type), aluminum, copper, etc.

Reins:

Reins are long straps that connect on each side of the bottom part of the bit that you hold in your hands to also control your horse with communication. Like the other equipment pieces, they come in different styles and colors.

Hackamore Bridle: 

There is another bridle called a hackamore that some people use that doesn’t like to put bits in their horse’s mouth. What the hackamore is, is a headstall that doesn’t have a mouthpiece, with reins attached to.

A properly trained horse with a hackamore will be easy to control.
A horse that has been riding with a bit should not ride with a hackamore unless you are an advanced rider.
The reason for this is because the horse is not as easy to control without a bit and they can put their head down easier to eat or run away with you in a hackamore.

Be cautious when using a different tack.

I hope you are no longer confused about bridles and headstalls.
Please leave a comment or any questions you may have. I will gladly reply back to you.
Thank You For Reading My Page. All the best!    Michelle

 

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4 thoughts on “Difference Between Bridle And Headstall

  • Cynthia

    I feel much more educated after reading this article. I did not know the difference between the headstall and bridle. I do now!
    I have never had a horse or been around horses. I always wanted to though. My son has a horse named Lady in the country. She loves to eat and hates when someone rides her! She is so stubborn but so lovable.

  • Michelle Post author

    Hi Cynthia, I am glad you were able to learn from my site. I bet she is lovable. Horses have a calming about them that calms you. Does your son ride his horse?

    Michelle

  • Russell

    Until I read this, all I knew about the which controlled the horse was the bit, bridle and reins. I assumed that because they were made of leather – the reins that is – they were all brown and or black. Now I know better and I have also learned about headstall and hackamore bridle. So if ever I get the opportunity I would know a little about horse equiptment and be able to talk about it.

  • Michelle Post author

    We are always learning something new. I hope you do et the opportunity to ride a horse. Thank you for reading. Michelle