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Schockemöhle Rio Select Anatomic Figure-8 Bridle

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Schockemöhle Rio Select Anatomic Figure-8 Bridle

The German-designed Schockemöhle Rio Select Anatomic Figure-8 Bridle offers superior horse comfort with thoughtfully shaped crown and softly padded nose and connecting rings.

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Item #: X1-120154
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Helpful Information
Adjusting a Figure-8 Bridle
Nameplate Attachment Instructions
About Figure-8 Bridles
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Exceptional horse comfort features set the Schockemöhle Rio Select Anatomic Figure-8 Bridle apart. The softly padded and anatomically shaped single crown has a unique cut with narrow center especially designed to work with the horse’s complicated poll and neck anatomy. Engineered in Germany, the design reduces pressure significantly.

The center nose piece has exceptionally soft padding. It is also shaped anatomically to fit the bridge of the horse’s nose perfectly. The noseband straps, connecting rings and buckles are all softly padded to avoid uncomfortable rubbing.

Beautifully stitched in high-quality leather, this bridle has a soft browband embellished with traditional clinchers. Hook stud closures. Schockemöhle DuraSoft Reins, sold separately, are recommended for this bridle. 


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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.

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.