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Dover Saddlery® Figure-8 Bridle

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Dover Saddlery® Figure-8 Bridle

The Dover Saddlery® Figure-8 Bridle is designed for your horse's comfort with a single padded crown and leather paddles behind the rings.

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Item #: X1-12310
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Helpful Information
How to Clean
Adjusting a Figure-8 Bridle
Nameplate Attachment Instructions
Why use a Figure-8
About Figure-8 Bridles
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Good quality at a great price! The Dover Saddlery® Figure-8 Bridle has a single, padded crown and leather paddles behind the rings for your horse's comfort. Extra-fine stitching and hand-rubbed edges give it the look and feel of a bridle costing twice as much.

This traditional ring-style figure-8 bridle has 1/2" cheeks and hook stud ends. Stainless steel hardware ensures long wear. Rubber reins (53" long) are included.


How to Clean Your Bridle

Properly caring for your bridle and reins supports maximum performance, longevity your horse's comfort.

After every ride, you'll want to wipe any grime, sweat, saliva and ring dust from your bridle and reins and use either traditional glycerin soap and water or a specially formulated leather cleanser.

Pay particular attention to cleaning areas of your bridle that are typically under pressure during riding and exposed to saliva, such as the ends of cheek pieces and reins where they come in contact with bit rings.

For a traditional and economical method, glycerin soap, a small bucket and a sponge or cloth works great. Barely moisten the sponge with cool water. Unfasten hook stud closures and buckles to remove debris caught by the hardware and to smooth creases in your leather.

After washing, and when the leather feels smooth and clean, rub a nearly dry sponge or rag against the glycerin soap bar. Apply a thin layer of glycerin soap (no suds during this step) to your leather to seal its pores and keep it soft, but not sticky.

Newer methods of cleaning your bridle involve convenient and easy-to-use tack cleaning and conditioning products. Almost every tack manufacturer has a recommendation or product preference for cleaning and conditioning its products, and some manufacturers produce their own. Always follow manufacturer's guidelines when considering commercial leather cleaners and conditioners.

One-step leather cleaners also condition your leather as you wipe away grime. Two-step cleaners usually advise following cleansing with a conditioner that will soften and protect the leather.

To Adjust a Ring-Style Figure-8 Bridle
The figure-8 noseband should be positioned so that the rings on each side are above the bottoms of the cheekbones and underneath the cheek pieces so that the rings do not sit on the cheekbones. These rings allow movement in connecting the upper strap to the noseband strap running to the center disc. Once the rings are placed appropriately, buckle the noseband under the jaw.

Next make sure the center disc sits in the middle of the nose on the nasal bone. The center disc should not sit on soft tissue or cartilage. Next run the lower strap under the chin and in front of the bit and buckle it so that the buckle does not pinch the horse's lips. Take care to ensure that the center piece remains high enough that it and the lower strap do not press on the nostrils and impede the horse's breathing.

Properly adjusted cheek pieces will cause the bit to create two gentle wrinkles at the corner of the horse's mouth on each side. Cheek piece buckles should generally be at the level of a horse's eye, and on a bridle that fits a horse's head very well, all buckles will generally be at the same level as each other.

The browband should never be gaping or flopping, and the crownpiece should not press into the backs of the horse's ears.

How to Attach a Nameplate to a Halter, Bridle, Martingale or Breastplate

Required Tools: will need a leather hole punch, hammer and pencil.

1. Unwrap your nameplate and identify the rivets as having two posts and two caps.
2. Center the plate where you would like it ; mark its holes with pencil.
3. Use the hole punch centered on the pencil marks. A good quality hole punch with appropriate pressure applied should be able to penetrate even thick leather halters.
4. Push the rivet posts through the back of the tack so the posts are pointed toward you.
5. Put the nameplate on rivet posts.
6. Place rivet caps onto the posts, and tap the caps with a hammer.

Note: If you do not feel comfortable installing your own nameplate, we are happy to help. Bring your plate and tack into your local Dover Saddlery store for assistance. Your local leather repair professional or cobbler may also be able to assist you.

A Figure 8 noseband is used with a snaffle bridle and chosen by riders for various reasons. The figure 8 noseband design essentially helps a rider address oral evasions in some horses. It prevents a horse from opening its mouth, similar to a flash strap, and from crossing his jaw. Because the design offers a stronger effect even with a mild bit, it is generally used only with horses that need it. The strap that comprises this type of noseband crosses from the horse's cheekbone over his nose, under his chin and up to the other cheekbone—literally in a figure 8 shape. This type of noseband must be adjusted properly to ensure against interference with the horse's nostrils and breathing. Dover Saddlery offers figure 8 nosebands in colors to match any snaffle bridle and to suit any price point. Choose from brands such as Showmark, Vespucci, Circuit, Wellington, Ovation® and others.
Figure-8 Bridles
The figure-8 bridle is a snaffle bridle that takes its name from the type of noseband it features: the figure-8. The strap on this type of noseband crosses from one of the horse's cheekbones over his nose, under his chin and up to the other cheekbone- literally in a figure-8 shape.

A noseband design preferred by avid jumpers and cross country riders, it essentially helps a horse remain focused and engaged in his work and can help horses that try to evade the bit. Because the design offers a stronger effect even with a mild snaffle bit, the figure-8 noseband is generally used only with horses that need additional support. Some figure-8 nosebands have a sheepskin-lined pad on the nosepiece to provide cushioning over the horse's nasal bone.

This type of noseband must be adjusted properly to ensure against interference with the horse's nostrils and breathing. Additional holes are often required to achieve the proper fit.

Modern figure-8 bridles typically have a single crownpiece that is slightly contoured and padded for horse comfort. Rubber reins are the most commonly seen type of rein with a figure-8 bridle as they provide long-lasting grip in all weather conditions.

Styling on a figure-8 bridle can be flat or raised and plain or fancy-stitched. Your choice of plain or fancy-stitched styling is a matter of personal taste and can reflect how to best flatter your horse's appearance.