Everyday bits and bridles.

This week the Lens Artists photo challenge comes to us from Patti and she has asked us to feature Everyday Objects. So here are some things that are everyday objects for me and my horse Biasini. First of all here is a photo of Biasini in his double bridle, so called because it has two bits, a snaffle and a curb, and two reins.

I will now give you some photos of parts of that bridle. Here is the browband. I chose the crystals to go with Biasini’s coloring.

Here is a photo of three curb bits. The one Biasini uses is currently on his bridle so it is not in this photo. But it is most similar to the one on the left in the photo. I have kept all the bits I have used over the years, both curbs and snaffles, because I never know when I might want to use one of them. And they can all be kept in a small box.

Biasini also has a snaffle bridle. Here is a photo of him in the snaffle.

Here is the browband for the snaffle. It was custom made by a friend of mine who makes browbands. Here is a link to her site. https://dqdesigns.wixsite.com/dqdesigns

And here are some snaffle bits. Biasini’s is like the one that is second from the left. This type of snaffle is called a loose ring French link.

And finally an essential piece of equipment…..the girth. The buckles on the girth attach to leather straps , called billets, that run down from the side of the saddle.

So there you have it. Those are Everyday things for me because every day that I ride (five days a week) I use them.

33 Comments Add yours

    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes! Thanks for commenting.

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  1. Rupali says:

    They are beautiful and of course unique for me.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I’m glad you found the photos jnteresting.

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  2. Leya says:

    Beautiful, Anne – looking good on Biasini I am sure! As a young girl I rode horses as well – and now I have some English names for these ordinary items too. Thank you!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are most welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed seeing these things.

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  3. I love, love. love all these everyday bits and bridles. Thanks for showing the lovely pieces.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed seeing them.. thanks for commenting 🙂

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  4. Beautiful collection of everyday objects that people like me never get a chance to see, thanks for the good share ma’am.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for this comment Subbashini I’m happy to know you found the post of interest.

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  5. could be abstract art…wonderful

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I had not thought of that but you are right it could.

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  6. Marsha says:

    Fabulous post, Anne. I reblogged it on my site, Always Write. Thanks for visiting my site, and I hope we will get better acquainted. 🙂

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  7. Marsha says:

    Reblogged this on Marsha Ingrao – Always Write and commented:
    This is a reblogged post, for those of you new to blogging. That means I didn’t write it, but I loved it enough to share it on my blog. Anne’s Lens-Artist Challenge post on everyday things this week inspired me. I live in cowboy country, but don’t ride, so this post about the equipment she uses every day is one that I want to remember. The photography is fabulous, too. Amazing post. See if you think so, too. 🙂

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  8. David says:

    From a post seven years ago:
    https://hiddenlens.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/boots-and-tack/

    My daughters have everyday gear, then they have show gear. I think I mentioned previously, my daughters use a multi-joint bit, also known as a bauble bit, and use overhead reins. Beezie Madden uses a similar set-up with her horses. In showjumping, they have looser regulations on the bits. When the girls ride the mares, they have the sparkly browbands.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      The jumpers are allowed more interesting combinations in their bits. In dressage we are much more limited and at shows fhe tack check includes a hand into the mouth bit check.

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  9. JohnRH says:

    Wow. Amazing. Beautiful and informative.

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  10. Oooohhhhhh, the browband to compliment your horse’s chestnut coloring looks very tasty! I love browns and earth-type colors. Very nice!

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  11. pattimoed says:

    The browbands are really works of art, Anne. I never saw one before. Really beautiful. I’m so glad you highlighted them in your post, along with the bits and bridles. Why do you use a double bridle? Does it give you more control over the horse? Is it for special movements?

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I can only speak for the dressage discipline and I’m not sure if others use the double. It is not used until you get to the higher levels and the intention is to have a chance to ask for the more difficult movements in a subtle way. Ideally the rider is using thr snafffle the most and the curb lightly. The angle of the curb shank should only be at 45 degrees. I’m glad you liked the browbands. Thanks for your comment.

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      1. pattimoed says:

        You’re very welcome. I enjoyed learning more about dressage “equipment.”

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  12. Amy says:

    Beautiful and special set of everyday objects that I don’t always get to see. Thank you for showing us.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Amy. I enjoyed getting them out and taking a look at them.

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  13. dprastka says:

    Those browbands are amazingly BEAUTIFUL!! I just Love them and thank you for sharing the link. I love all the photos as it’s always interesting to see all the pieces to the bits and bridles! ❤️🐴

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    1. anne leueen says:

      thanks Diana. Pamela will put together various beads etc for a browsing and send you photos so you can choose what you like best.

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  14. This reminds me a bit of when I had braces on my teeth. There were no beads or turquoise, but sometimes I did have bright turquoise blue rubber bands.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      That’s cool. Back in the day when I had braces they were steely looking and very dull.

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  15. Tina Schell says:

    Who knew there could be so much detail and beauty in the everyday accoutrements of horseback Anne?! The brow bands are wonderfully detailed. My dog used to be so proud after a bath that he’d prance around like a child with a new toy. Does Biasini appreciate the beauty of his equipment?

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    1. anne leueen says:

      When I first got Biasini I already had a double from a previous horse but I felt Biasini deserved his own. He has a fine nose so the bridle is actually two sizes. So its a custom make! Came all.the way from Germany just like Biasini! He accepted it with pleasure and I think he would not have expected anything less🤣

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