What is bridle?

  • (verb): Respond to the reins, as of horses.
    See also — Additional definitions below


A bridle is a piece of equipment used to direct a horse. As defined in the Oxford English Dictionary, the "bridle" includes both the headstall that holds a bit that goes in the mouth of a horse, and the reins that are attached to the bit.

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Some articles on bridle:

Bridle Path
... A bridle path, also bridleway, equestrian trail, horse riding path, bridle road, or horse trail, is a thoroughfare originally made for human transport on horses ... In some areas bridle paths developed as transport routes where the terrain was so steep that the route was impassable by wheeled wagons and vehicles ... In industrialized countries, bridle paths are now primarily used for recreation ...
Dangers of Tying With A Bridle
... It is unsafe to tie a horse using a bridle for two main, though seemingly contradictory reasons ... First, if the tied animal pulls back on the bridle, the bit or controlling noseband (such as a bosal or mechanical hackamore) may cause considerable pain ... Second, compared to halters, most bridles are made of thin leather which will easily break under pressure ...
Sarah Bridle - Biography
... Prof Bridle received a first class Masters in Natural Sciences from University of Cambridge in 1997 ... In 2004, Bridle was appointed a Lecturer at University College London and was subsequently promoted to Reader in 2008 ... In 2008, Bridle received a L’Oreal UK and Ireland Fellowship for Women in Science ...
Bitless Bridle - Styles - War Bridle
... A modern war bridle is a thin cord run over the poll and then either through the mouth or under the upper lip, against the gumline of the upper incisors ... The war bridle is not intended for riding it is used on the ground for management of an animal ... The use of a war bridle is considered by some to be a last resort for handling an uncontrollable animal, but others claim its use constitutes animal cruelty ...
Paul Augustus Bridle
... Paul Augustus Bridle (October 1914 – February 1988) was a Canadian diplomat ... He was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Augustus Bridle, a journalist and novelist ...

More definitions of "bridle":

  • (noun): The act of restraining power or action or limiting excess.
    Example: "His common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"
    Synonyms: check, curb
  • (noun): Headgear for a horse; includes a headstall and bit and reins to give the rider or driver control.
  • (verb): Put a bridle on.
    Example: "Bridle horses"

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