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Snaffle Bridle

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Parelli bridles and bits are specifically designed to offer you clear communication, a reliable feel, and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your horse is comfortable, safe and totally in tune with you. They are easy to adjust and resistant to sweat, with beautiful brass fittings (and no screws), 5 1/4 in. sweet iron snaffle and rein leathers included. The Parelli Snaffle Bridle is an elegant but sturdy bridle for everyday use.



  • Also called: Snaffle Bridle; The Horseman’s Bridle; Complete Snaffle Bridle; Country Bridle; Parelli Country Bridle.
  • Each Snaffle Bridle comes together with: a Headstall; Chin Strap; 5 1/4 in Sweet Iron Snaffle Bit, and Rein Leathers.
  • Made with top-quality oiled bridle leather, top-stitched.
  • Brass buckles, buds instead of screws gives security and a nice quick-change feature for your bit.
  • Throatlatch should fit 4 fingers when riding or 2 fingers when driving
  • Must be used with a chin strap so the bit and bridle do not get pulled through the horse’s mouth when the reins are activated.
  • Browband style headstall with double cheek adjustments.
  • Parelli logo conchos
  • Reins sold separately
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    Click here to see How to assemble the bridle set


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    Our Snaffle Bridles are a valuable tool for more sensitive and precise communication with your horse, and are designed to be easy to adjust, to provide long-lasting use, and to be comfortable for your horse.

    Headstall Leather

    Something you might not know is that Pat worked in a saddle shop as a young man, and learned the differences in types of leather. This is why you usually see oil-tanned leather such as harness leather or latigo on most of his headstalls because when horses sweat, it easily rots most other kinds of leather.

    Sweet Iron Snaffle

    Not too thick or too thin, the 5 1/4" sweet iron snaffle bit is at the center of this bridle making it a versatile communication tool thanks to the design, which allows the rings to swing without pinching. It is a single-jointed, loose-ring snaffle designed for riding on a casual rein (FreeStyle Riding). Made from sweet iron (as opposed to stainless steel) with fine copper inlay (to encourage salivation), it offers the horse a sweet taste. The loose rings allow the horse to adjust the bit position as desired. The snaffle bit is intended to be used for teaching, controlling, reinforcing, and refining lateral flexion and is a great tool to use for your Porcupine Game when riding. It is to be used mainly with a sideways pull for lateral flexion. It’s thin to discourage leaning, designed for control and to be used with one rein at a time.

    Chin Strap

    Designed to prevent the snaffle from sliding through a horse’s mouth, should he or she resist, the chin strap is a classic western piece of equipment that you attach to the snaffle. When used with a snaffle, the chin strap is not designed to be a “curb” that is tight or applies pressure. Features: Stitched leather with brass buckles (expcept on the Natural West version).

    Pat Parelli was raised in Northern California and worked on big ranches in Oregon, Nevada and California. Many of the cowboys there, also known as Buckaroos, rode their young horses in a hackamore with the mecate rein, which is a 22-foot rope made of horse hair. Soon, a new trend was started using the mecate rein with a Snaffle Bit. The advantages were that the loop rein stayed on the horse’s neck if you dropped it, unlike when using split reins, and you always had a 12-foot lead rope when you are on the ground fixing fences or doctoring cattle.

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    22 ft. Horsemans Reins or Mecate Rein