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How to Adjust a "One Size Fits Most" Model Horse Bridle

Updated on August 22, 2011


At model horse shows, models are judged upon how well their tack fits. Although it would be nice if you could make a bridle to fit a specific model, sometimes you don't always have that option. For example, in this article I adjusted the English bridle that came with the Breyer English riding kit so it better fit a mare in the Strapless mold.

Step 1: Identify the Problem Areas

When preparing to adjust a bridle, it's important to first see which areas need attention rather than randomly ripping and gluing. The best way is to place the bridle on the model and compare where it sits on the model to where it should sit in a performance class. In this instance, the left cheek strap is too long for this model, and it would be marked down at a show for ill-fitting tack.

Step 2: Unglue the Bridle

This next step really isn't as hard as it sounds. Usually you can just find the parts that are glued together and give them a good tug. If they're stubborn, you might want to try splicing them apart with an X-Acto knife; just be careful you don't cut the bridle apart. Then you'll need a new one.

Step 3: Make the Necessary Adjustments

Now that the bridle is unglued, you can tighten or loosen the straps as needed to make a better fit. It's best to try and have the bridle on the model at this point so you can see how well the adjustments will make the bridle fit. Once you are satisfied with the new look, remove the bridle from the model and glue the straps in the adjusted position. It's best to hold the straps together with tweezers while the glue is drying.

And That's It!

These are all the steps you need in order to ensure your model horse bridle fits properly to increase your chances of bringing home a blue ribbon.


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