,As some of you may know, my little pony has suffered over last few years with his head-shaking so I am always very keen to follow any information relating to pain in the horses head. Equitopia in the US, has had the privilege to film with William Micklem (designer of the Micklem bridle) in this recently released video discussing bridle fit and why it hurts.
This is a great video: it does make you stop and put the common sense hat back on and shout "LOOK" at your horse... do I need to use this? Is my horse comfortable?
We do get caught up in doing what we think looks right (because someone has told us, seen it in H & H or rules say we must); but our horses welfare and comfort is priority (and your safety as a rider as well: if the horse is in pain he will react to avoid further pain, same as you would!).
My lovely pony has now stopped his showing career as he must wear nosebands for the ring; and although only 7, is loving teaching his little "owner" how to ride. She understands that if he has one of his "headaches" we stop and don't ride anymore as he is unhappy.
Do all have a look at this 10 minute video as does make you look more closely at your horses bridle and his face when in work.