Is your bridle a proper fit for your horse? Find out in free webinar

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A correctly fitting bridle can have benefits for a horse's way of going and performance.
A correctly fitting bridle can have benefits for a horse’s way of going and performance. © World Horse Welfare

Bridle fit is a fascinating but often overlooked topic in horse care, and a webinar with two expert presenters will outline why it is so important.

“Bridle fit – why getting it right so important” is the final Wednesday Welfare Webinar of the season from World Horse Welfare, and ties in with the recent publication of evidence-based guidelines developed with the help of Dr Rachel Murray.

The webinar will consider the design and fit of a bridle and how that affects the comfort of the horse and how they perform.

Murray will talk through some of the vital anatomical points to consider, explaining the issues that can be caused by a bridle that is unstable, or that puts too much pressure on the horse’s head.

She will also cover the improvements in performance that can be gained from optimising bridle fit. Regardless of the level of rider or breed of horse, Murray will provide tips for riders to assess their bridles, and make sure they are not inadvertently causing pain and discomfort through incorrect bridle fitting.

Murray will be joined in the panel discussion by Di Fisher, a Society of Master Saddlers Master Saddle Fitter and Bridle Fitter. Both will be on hand to answer questions on bridle design and fit.

» Register for Bridle fit – why getting it right so important on June 1 at 7pm (GMT). The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session where viewers will have the chance to “ask the experts” any questions they may have. The webinar can also be viewed as a Facebook Live session.

Registering enables viewers to participate in the various polls, ask questions, and enjoy an interactive experience.

 

Dr Rachel Murray
Dr Rachel Murray

Dr Rachel Murray is a highly experienced veterinarian, based at Rossdales Diagnostic Centre. She previously spent more than 20 years at the Animal Health Trust where she was responsible for the Equine MRI diagnostic service, ran the orthopaedic research group and provided a clinical service focused on imaging, poor performance and rehabilitation in sport horses. Murray graduated from University of Cambridge before specialising in equine surgery, undertaking an internship and surgical residency in the USA, becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. After five years in the USA, she returned to England as an equine surgeon at the University of Cambridge Veterinary School. She subsequently completed a PhD, investigating exercise-associated joint adaptation and injury in horses.

Diana Fisher is a Society of Master Saddlers Master Saddle Fitter and Bridle Fitter. She has worked with many horses in her training career, including on hunt yards, livery yards, a thoroughbred stud, racing stables, event yards and showing yards. Fisher has competed up to Grade B in Showjumping, Intermediate Eventing and Prix St George Dressage. She is a UKCC level 2 coach and has consulted for World Horse Welfare as a Technical Advisor supporting their Cambodian project.

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