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  • Micklem Bridle

    Does anyone have any experience with the micklem competition bridle? My guy is a bit fussy with his oddly shaped head and I am looking into different bridle options. Are they legal for use in competition? I know the USDF approved them but haven't been able to find anything on USEF. Thanks!!

  • #2
    I began using the Micklem bridle on my new horse after riding him in Bridle w/ flash and plain, single jointed loose ring snaffle (recommended by the his former upper level rider) and not feeling a nice steady connection. Horse was bouncing on and off the bit, not staying very straight. This horse has a sensitive mouth,but requires a good size spur for the gas pedal. The horse now goes in the Micklem with an eggbutt double jointed bit that has a fat oval link. I personal feel that the Micklem engages the noseband a tad before the bit comes into play and keeps the bit steadier in their mouth. I even bought one for my kids 8 hand Shetland/Mini X for the very same reason. The bridle is legal in USEA events, not 100% sure about all USEF. As with anything, you'll never know until you try it.
    Things happen for a reason...so when I reach over and smack you upside the head, just remember...you gave me a reason!


    • #3
      I have one for Keebler and he seems to be more comfortable in it than in any other sort of bridle. He has a short, wide head, sort of QH-like, with HUGE cheekbones. Wears a cob sized headstall but a horse sized browband. Figure 8s are particularly irritating to him as they rub his cheekbones. He doesn't need a flash or any other sort of special noseband.

      The Micklem tucks in behind his Arnold-Schwarzenneger-like cheekbones just perfectly, and it really fits him well. I use mine all the time, even for dressage tests although it is brown and my saddle is black. A black Micklem is on the agenda if we make it back to showing. The horse size fits him perfectly.

      Quailty very good for the price.
      Click here before you buy.


      • #4
        I tried one as the reviews for horses with bit issues were great. My boy hated it. I only tried it twice as he just about refused to do anything beyond a slow trot with it on. I did check to make sure I had it adjusted per the instructions and did watch the video. I pulled it off and put on his old one and he was fine again.

        Although, I should mention that my guy is super reactive to new stuff he doesn't like. French link=bucking. Saddle he doesn't like=stopping/rearing. Not fun but I know what he likes and doesn't.

        It was a nice bridle. Well worth the money appearance wise. Seemed well made.



        • #5
          Originally posted by RedRyderKy View Post
          The bridle is legal in USEA events, not 100% sure about all USEF.
          The USEA does not have its own rule book. All USEA eventing competitions run under USEF rules. As a result, if you know the bridle is legal for USEA events, it has to be legal for USEF events.

          FWIW, if you look at Appendix 4 in the Eventing Chapter of the USEF rule book, there is a picture of a Micklem bridle under the permitted noseband section.


          • #6
            You just can't use the odd little clips that come with the schooling bridle in competition. Though I'm not sure what they're supposed to do anyway . . .
            Click here before you buy.


            • #7
              An FYI--the lower nylon loop that holds the bit to the front shredded & feel apart on one of the bridles a client has. He had also had trouble with the ring on that side, it had separated prior to that so maybe it was just a case of a defective part that caused friction but it would be a good thing to inspect carefully, regularly. Not good to lose the front strap to the bit!


              • Original Poster

                thanks all!! I appreciate you telling me where to find it in the rule book. I'm new to eventing and am still finding my way around... think i was looking at bridle section but didn't think to check nosebands. My guy wears a horse halter but cob bridle, which I always have to have the cheekpieces cut down. I guess his head is like his mom- short and stout. I have found a seller that allows a trial period for the bridle so I will go that route. I will be sure to inspect it very thoroughly. fingers crossed.....


                • #9
                  Coming in late, but I have one and for the last year I've used it for all three phases (with that eggbut frenchlink!). I LOVE it. My boy loves it. I am thinking about getting another one so I can keep it bitless, 'cause he loves that too....I literally have used mine almost every day for over a year. The black is fading a bit after a year...but that's the worst that's happened.

                  My fellow is cob-ish EXCEPT his noseband. He uses regular horse, but I bet he could wear oversize, too.

                  They did forget to send a part with mine (I ordered through Adams), but I spoke to them and they sent it immediately.

                  Good luck!
                  --Becky in TX
                  Clinic Blogs and Rolex Blogs
                  She who throws dirt is losing ground.


                  • #10
                    I've been using one and my horse is definitely more comfortable with it than with a regular bridle. I believe the biggest difference is greater comfort than the drop noseband with the regular bridle, but all around he seems more comfortable.

                    Kind of a funny side note, but it's simpler when bridling, because there is only the headstall. No separate leather pieces for the noseband and throatlatch. Not a big deal, but I noticed how many more leather pieces there were when I used a regular bridle again.


                    • #11
                      I bought one on Saturday. I saw it in a local tack shop on special so went for it. I had been put off by the price of them in the past. I have one little horse that is quite tricky in his mouth and has a real tendency to get his tongue over the bit.
                      Rode him in it on Saturday and although he seemed a bit more resistant in his transitions, he didn't get the tongue over.

                      Yesterday I competed him at a horse trials, so said I would give the Micklem a whirl.. Dressage was pretty good although I still found him a bit resistant. Mind you he was joint 1st after dressage, so not too bad. I decided to change back to his usual bridle for the SJ and although he jumped clear, he did get his tongue over in the warm up..
                      I decided to go with the Micklem again for cross country and had a great spin, although funnily I found him stronger than I have in the past and also slightly harder to turn. (I should add that I used the same bit all the way through - a sweet iron half moon egg but snaffle)
                      So.. I dunno... First use,still a bit inconclusive. Slightly resistant, but can't get his tongue over.. I think I will persevere.
                      Oh and yes, he did win the class.