On the Right Tack: parts of the saddle and bridle


As with points of the horse, the nomenclature of the saddle and bridle varies from the obscure to the obvious.  Item number 6 on the Horsemanship 1 test is:

  1. Identify simple parts of saddle and bridle

Parts of the English Saddle and Bridle

While it may seem a nuisance to memorize these terms, it is fairly important to know your billet strap from your browband, and your pommel from your panel. The Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship lists all the parts.The terms you need to know are listed below.  See if you can match them to the parts of the saddle & bridle.

Saddle

  • Pommel
  • Waist (Twist)
  • Seat
  • Cantle
  • Skirt
  • Flap
  • Billet Straps (Girth Straps)
  • Buckle Guard
  • Panel
  • Girth
  • Stirrup Bar
  • Stirrup Leather
  • Stirrup Iron

Bridle

  • Crownpiece (Headpiece)
  • Cavesson
  • Noseband
  • Cheekpieces
  • Throatlatch (Throatlash)
  • Runners
  • Keepers
  • Bit
  • Rein

If you want to check your knowledge, here are a couple of kids’ games for the saddle and bridle

Next week: Tacking up

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Prerequisite: Horsemanship Level 1

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Jennifer Landels Jennifer Landels heads up Academie Duello's Cavaliere Program. She has been swordfighting since 2008, and riding since before she could walk. She started the program as an excuse to combine those passions.
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