Barefoot’s contour bridle “Wellington” is an exceptionally good bridle. As you know, the most sensitive area of the horse’s head is behind the ears and it’s called the atlas. This is the end of the nuchal ligament which is responsible for a whole range of movement related issues of the back. Added to that, this is where the head joins with the cervical spine, with the foramen magnum connecting the brain with the medulla. Too much pressure in this spot can cause an inflammation of the nuchal ligament, causing the horse to be in tremendous pain.
Barefoot’s contour bridles are formed in such a way as to spare the atlas from pressure. The browband and the noseband are shaped anatomically as well. The noseband is shaped upwards along the bridge of nose so breathing is not restricted.
This bridle is 2-in-1. It can be used with or without a snaffle bit. The cheek piece can easily be removed or attached thanks to a Chicago-screw. The brow-band as well as the pollband and noseband are padded softly all over, including under the buckles and around the ears.
A flash noseband has been omitted completely as Barefoot considers them to be cruel and unnecessary. A horse that trusts his rider’s hands will not open his mouth unless he’s got a toothache or doesn’t like the bit. To solve these problems, one shouldn’t tie the mouth shut but have the teeth checked, use a bitless bridle and soften the rider’s hands.
The main features of this bridle:
- Anatomically shaped headpiece takes the pressure off the nuchal ligament attachment
- Horse friendly noseband and browband
- Soft padding all over
- 2-in-1: you can use it with or without a snaffle bit
- Completely padded chin area
Its colour is black it perfectly suits our “Wellington” dressage saddle.