Before you get down to how to trim a horse’s bridle path, you must realize why you need to trim the bridle path. The bridle path is the part of the horse that lies directly behind the horse’s ears and where the bridle rests. If your horse doesn’t have a trimmed bridle path, you could face the following situations:
- The bridle getting tangled in the mane and becoming difficult to remove.
- The bridle falling off, especially if you have a horse with a heavy mane and small ears.
- Sores where the bridle gets entangled with the mane and causes hair pull.
To eliminate all these issues and to make your horse or pony presentable, especially if it is a show horse, you can trim the bridle path.
What you need to know before you trim the bridle path:
Figure out how big the bridle path should be. Opinions are divided with regard to the length of the bridle path:
- Some believe it should be equal to the height of the horse’s ears.
- Others opine that it should be at least a ‘hand’ – the breadth of your palm when measured horizontally.