How to Measure Your Horse for a Bridle.

To order a bridle from us please do the following:

  • The easiest way to measure for your new bridle is to use an existing bridle as a guide
  • Remember to take into account any changes needed for the new bridle i.e adding or subtracting 1″ where needed
  • Take all measurements in inches
  • The aim is for the buckles of the cheekpieces, noseband and throatlash to line up with the corner of the horse’s eye
  • Please choose the closest larger length from the table below that matches your measurements

Please use the table below featuring our standard sizes to find the right measurement for each part of your bridle. We can mix and match different sized parts to make your bridle if necessary (E.g. cob cheek pieces on a full-size bridle).

Please scroll down for the measuring guide………..


Small Pony Pony Cob Full Extra Full
Headpiece – Split to Split  10” 11.5” 12.5” 13.5” 14”
Browband  12” 13.5” 15” 16” 17”
Throatlash  16” 17.5” 19.5” 21.5” 22”
Cheekpieces  7” 9” 10” 11” 11”
Noseband Circumference 23” 26” 28” 30” 32”
Noseband Cheek Hangers 6” 7.5” 8.5” 9.5” 10”

How to Measure Your Horse for a Bridle.

Before you start measuring your horses head, we recommend using small stickers, pieces of tape, or chalk marks on your horse’s face at the listed Key Measurement Points to insure that you are measuring from the exact same spot each time you take a measurement.

For postal orders please measure your horse for his or her new bridle as very few are a standard size.


Measure from the base of the ear over the poll to the bottom of the opposite ear, where the browband would sit, A to B. This is your split to split measurement. To add a bradoon strap to you bridle, measure from the corner of your horse’s mouth, over the poll, to the other corner, from C to D. 

Cheeks Measurement

Measure from the corner of their mouth to the level of their eye, from D to A. Cheek Pieces are normally measured from the bottom of a secured bit end closure to the end of the buckle. To get your final cheek measurement you will need to subtract the size of your bit rings. For the bit ring size measure from the end of mouth piece to the outside edge of the ring.


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Browband Measurement

Measure from E to F for the length of the browband. Loose enough to get two fingers under the measuring tape. Make sure you measure far enough back so that the browband will not pull the crown forward and pinch the base of the ears. If you are measuring a current browband make sure to measure the inside length. bridle photo 2


Noseband Measurements 

Measure the circumference of the nose approximately 2 fingers below the bottom of the cheek bones. Loose enough to get two fingers under the measuring tape. From G around to G. This is your noseband circumference measurement. Now measure from the Noseband line to eye level, from G to A. This is your cheek hanger measurement.

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Throatlash Measurement

 Measure from E to F under the throat, loose enough to get four fingers under the tape. This is your Throatlash Measurement. 

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 Please call the office for assistance or if  you are booking a saddle fit we can fit your bridle while we are with you.

Please just advise us in advance.

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2 comments on “How to Measure Your Horse for a Bridle.
  1. Marie Slater says:

    How long does it take to have a custom size bridle made and what sort of price would it be? We are struggling to fit our section A.

    • Gini Woodward says:

      Hi Marie, this time of year ( taking holidays into account) allow 4 to 6 weeks if we need to have custom parts made but we do have lots of bridle bits in stock so can usually make them up and send them out for next day delivery (:

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