Bridle, bridle, net: the differences?

“Bridle, bridle, net”: this represents what we put on the horse’s head to work it. They are made of a set of pieces, in leather or synthetic, which surround the horse’s head.


These terms mainly designate harnesses where a bit will be put. However, the correct word to define bitless harnesses is “ennasure”.

An ennasure, a feminine word, means “constraint passing through the nose of the horse”.
There are different kinds: halter, side-pull halter, bitless, etc.
To put it simply, or when we don’t know the term, we use the expression “bitless bridle”.

Bridle and net

The bridle is a harness provided with a single bit. Indeed, the term net designates the bit of the net, generally articulated in its center; contrario of the bridle bit, with a one-piece barrel. Subsequently, the word “net” became widespread and is used synonymously with bridle.
Indeed, it is on the bridle that the snaffle bit is mounted. The bridle is accompanied by a pair of reins so that we can communicate with the mouth of our horse.


The bridle is a harness used, especially in classic dressage, on which two bits are mounted.

The bridle bit is a more demanding bit, more precise for the horse as the rider. It is always straight, that is to say without breaking, on which is decorated with a curb chain. The bit, on the bridle, will always be fine and simple to break. Each bit has a pair of reins. When you go up in bridle, you go up with two pairs of reins: it is mounted with four reins.

Novice riders always ride with only one bit, so a pair of reins. It is already quite complicated to learn to manage the tension and the contact to be put in place between our hand and the horse’s mouth, to add more.

In a bridle, each rein has its distinct purpose. In bridle, the snaffle bit is used to work the direction of the horse, the bridle bit with its lowering effect to finalize the position of the neck. We go up in bridle once we have succeeded in setting up the back and the correct locomotion of the horse.

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