Riders are advised to use an ergonomically designed headpiece and a curb sleeve when riding in a double bridle. A wider, cushioned headpiece that is shaped to accommodate the horse’s ears will help to offset poll pressure whilst avoiding the delicate soft tissue at the base of the ear. This promotes a more comfortable way of going.
When advising on size, a general guide would that be if you are in a loose ring snaffle bit then stay the same size for the loose ring Bridoon but go down ¼” for our fixed cheek Weymouth. If you are in any doubt, feel free to send photos of your fitted set of doubles with and without contact into Neue Schule and we would be more than happy to advise.
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If you are unable to find the mouthpiece size or shank size that you require in any design, please contact us.
We do cater for the small and large mouth within our Weymouth range.
Shank size can influence the horse’s way of going, and as a general guide we suggest:
The 5cm shank is occasionally employed on sensitive horses that back off the contact and are prone to working behind the vertical.
The 7cm shank is the average and most popular length.
The 9cm shank is often sourced for strong horses where more control of containment is required.
All our Weymouths and Bridoons are interchangeable. However, we find that there are certain designs of Neue Schule Bridoon and Weymouth that work very well together to achieve a certain way of going. Here are some of our popular double combinations:
Starter Weymouth (8027-7FV) and Tranz Eggbutt Bridoon (8022-E) or Team Up (9012) – This comfortable, gentle combination promotes relaxed acceptance, encouraging the horse to lengthen the neck, softening into a consistent sustainable contact.
Aachen Weymouth (8027-7FF) and Tranz Bridoon (8022) – Very popular all purpose, ergonomically designed double set which promotes a softer more consistent contact. The Aachen Weymouth is designed to encourage the horse to lower at the poll, lengthening the neck and seeking a soft sustainable contact. Recommended for the short tense neck. A very gentle set of doubles, which encourage collection, without resistance.
Pacifier Weymouth (8027-7FB) and Tranz Bridoon (8022) or Tranz Baucher (8022-B) – Ideal for the short smile (a horse that is short from the corner of the lip to the muzzle). This Weymouth remains further back in the mouth connecting with a less sensitive area. Also beneficial for the overactive mouth and, many times, has eradicated tongue evasions. The difference between this and the Transform Weymouth is that the Pacifier is also recommended for horses which tend to work behind the vertical.
Mors L’Hotte Weymouth (8010-7FV) and Team Up (9012) – A simple, gentle combination which takes up very little room in the mouth. Ideal for horses which are strong, but sensitive. This 12mm Weymouth is ideal if the rider wishes to employ a thicker Bridoon. This is often beneficial for horses that are prone to overbending or horses that do not take enough weight through the rein.
Thoroughbred Weymouth (8010-7FF) is often used with the Tranz Eggbutt Bridoon (8022E) or Tranz Baucher Bridoon (8022B) – The Baucher will reduce poll pressure and sit further back in the mouth. The Thoroughbred Weymouth offers a smooth weight bearing surface, and is often sourced for the Thoroughbred, Trakehner and Arab type horses.
Transform Weymouth (8010-7FB) and Tranz Baucher Bridoon (8022-B) or Verbindend Bridoon (9010) – Good for the short smile (a horse that is short from the corner of the lip to the muzzle). Discourages over active and fidgety mouths. This Weymouth remains further back in the mouth taking up very little room. It often eradicates tongue evasions, including long term.
Slimma Weymouth (8015-FV) and Verbindend Bridoon (9010) or Tranz Bridoon (8022) – Offers extra lift from the shoulder and more control if required, although not considered severe. This combination takes up very little room in the mouth.
Warmblood Weymouth (8028-FF) and Verbindend Bridoon (9010) – Promotes contact, often useful for tongue evasions. This Weymouth is very popular for helping horses with tongue evasions. Many Warmbloods do have larger than average tongues, especially the KWPN. Beneficial for horses inclined to work above the bit or for the short tense neck. Usually encourages more weight through the rein.
Bridoons are available with the standard ring size of 55mm or the 70mm which is the average snaffle size. It is often advised that if the weymouth used has a 9cm shank a 70mm ring will look much more balanced and pleasing to the eye than the 55mm ring. The size of the Bridoon ring offers no mechanical advantage and is purely aesthetic preference. However, a larger ring may occasionally rub the underside of the cheekbone or interfere with the noseband.
The NS Demi Anky Bridoon (8011) is often used for fussy overactive mouths. This clever curved shape is so much kinder than the traditional straight armed single joint as it reduces the pressure over the outer edges of the tongue, and doesn’t squash the lips in to the same extent. It also offers a more even weight bearing surface across the bars. This greatly reduces any chance of rubbing.
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