THE SECRET TO OUR BRIDLES IS THEIR FIT
THE SECRET TO OUR BRIDLES IS THEIR FIT
Many bridles nowadays are labelled as ‘customised’, but 2FitHorses takes it to the next level. We use top quality leather and, in addition to the sizes Cob and Full, we also offer in-between sizes. However, what makes 2FitHorses unique is that we measure the correct pressure distribution of the headpiece and noseband for each horse. That is what ‘customised’ means to 2FitHorses. Because not one horse is the same – something we already knew! Similar to not every saddle fitting every horse, a bridle is no different. Whether your horse is sensitive or not, they all have their own preference for what kind of pressure distribution they prefer.
The nosebands and headpieces of 2FitHorses are made of very high-quality leather with super soft padding that provides excellent comfort for your horse or pony. That way, it can fit properly without restricting the head’s movement in any way.
You would think that the bit is the most important part, but the fact is that, although bits do play a major role, without the correct headpiece or noseband, a horse will never achieve the proper form of self-carriage.
A headpiece is of great importance to the horse since it immediately affects the C0-C1 (occipital condyle/back of the head – atlas/first vertebrae). There is all this talk about pressure distribution, but the areas requiring pressure distribution must have sufficient room to enable said distribution. A bridle cannot, under any circumstance, cover C0 or C1 because that restricts the correct ‘arch’ and bend. That will affect the horse’s ability to use its lower neckline and lift through the withers. The horse then needs to compensate and pretend to have a connection, but establishing a real connection is impossible. We are now discussing the width of the headpiece, but we must also consider its length. For starters, the headpiece cannot stop behind the ear; it needs to run along the entire length of the ear; otherwise, it will put pressure on the ear and, as a result, cause much tension.
When we have established the width and the length, the 2FitHorses bridles have another aspect to consider: anatomy!
Let’s start by answering the question: what does ‘anatomic’ mean? When we look this up, we see an adjective meaning: ‘relating to the body’s structure’. And that is precisely the crux of the matter because every body has a different structure! A bridle is only an ‘anatomic fit’ when it is fitted to the structure of a (specific) body – in this case, the horse’s head. The anatomy of each horse is different. That is why one type of headpiece will not suffice (and we are not even referring to its size) and fit all horses. 2FitHorses developed multiple types of headpieces and nosebands in many different sizes. This allows us to make a perfectly fitted bridle, which is not only evident from the sidelines but can also be experienced while riding. A horse will feel different to the rider in each headpiece and show a different form of self-carriage. That is why we prefer to refer to biomechanics: relating to locomotion.
After reading that, it is probably no surprise that 2FitHorses browbands are formed so that they put no pressure on the masseter muscles or the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) of the horse!
SMALL DETAILS CAN MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE
Because the browband weighs next to nothing, it does not pressure the headpiece and thus does not add to any pressure behind the ears. Our browbands stay in place and do not slide forward because they are available in various sizes. This prohibits the pressure behind the ears from becoming too much. The Swarovski gems in the bridle are very aesthetically pleasing and are available in multiple colours and colour combinations. This transforms the bridle into an ‘orthopaedic high-heeled shoe’ if you want to compare it to something ‘fashionable’. 😉
The reins are developed so that the rider experiences an elastic-like sensation in his/her elbow. This allows for a stable connection with the mouth, but not a fixed one. There is no elastic incorporated because that would result in increased mobility of the contact. To really know what makes it so unique, you will have to experience and feel the difference for yourself. 😉
Often, the riders will reflect during the process: ‘Oh, that feels good’, and when I truly get to the core of the matter by adjusting details down to the millimetres, riders often say, ‘Wow, I had no idea that this was possible!’ or ‘I always believed my horse to be average!’ That is why I start an appointment with a full assessment of the horse’s body condition. Then I know what its options and limitations are.
In addition to our unique 2Fit Design, the leather we use to produce our bridles is of the very best quality because nothing but the best will do. The padding is perhaps even more important in terms of comfort. That is why we only use the best materials for padding. The concept that an anatomic bridle only needs to be functional is proven false by our design. In terms of ‘being fashionable’, we have no restrictions whatsoever, so there are many aesthetic variations possible: brown or black leather, lacquered noseband with different coloured trimming, or a mat noseband with variously coloured ornaments, buckles in either rose-gold, gold, silver, metal, or black-coloured, different coloured stitching, etc. Anything goes! Click on the interactive photo to see all the variations and possibilities.
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Customize in onze webshop je eigen frontriem! Met maar liefst keus uit 10 verschillende echte Swarovski stenen.
Bij ons geen standaard hoofdstel maar keuze in kleur leer, kleur stiksels, kleur gespen, kleur onderlegging, lak of mat leren neusriem en keuze uit verschillende anatomisch gevormde neusriemen.
Als wij praten over maatwerk en perfecte pasvorm dan bedoelen wij dat ook. Kleine details maken het grote verschil. Daarom hebben wij zoveel verschillende maten bakstukken.
I have always been pleased with your products since they truly changed my horse for the better. Never knew how much the fit of a bridle behind the ears could affect the horse. Thank you so much for the terrific service!! And I truly mean that. I did not know that a bridle and bit could make such a difference. Even a pad (or no pad) makes such a huge difference. So there is only one thing left to share: my compliments!!
My horse will only perform when wearing your bridles! I was stubborn and tried a different brand. That was terrible (according to my horse), and so I concurred ?. I am done gambling. When I get a new horse, I immediately call 2FitHorses - they save me a lot of trouble!
The essence of what 2FitHorses represents makes her company and method of working very unique. To start with 'unique': each individual is unique, as is each horse. That is why it is so important to see what a horse needs and what it does not need. Not everybody likes the same shoes, and the same applies to bits, girths, and bridles. Each bridle is made up of various parts, and each part can feel different or trigger a reaction. That is why it so difficult: the puzzle never seems finished. Sometimes you do not know where to start, and sometimes you do not know whether the last pieces of the puzzle will fit. 2FitHorses specialises in these types of puzzles. Each piece of the puzzle is dissected to get the best possible result from it. It requires a lot of knowledge to be specialised. Biomechanics is no different because if you are walking uncomfortably all day long, you will start to compensate, and due to compensating, injuries will occur. Something we are trying to avoid at all cost. 2FitHorses has developed several headpieces, nosebands, and girths. In addition to working with proven brands of bits, the fact that each piece of the puzzle is taken into consideration makes that the puzzle will finally be complete.
2FitHorses is truly an addition to your horse's management! You want everything to be perfect for riding: your saddle, your bridle, and your bits! And for the latter ones, there's Karin Toetenel. Karin can make the difference between a gold or silver medal. It is because of Karin that the communication between my horses and me has greatly improved - happy horse, happy rider! In addition to being fantastic at her job, she is also a lovely person. Karin is a perfectionist, takes her time during appointments and is always there for you 24/7. Karin Toetenel & 2FitHorses are, therefore, a team I cannot do without! Thanks, Karin.
I first encountered 2FitHorses 1.5 years ago. My mare had recovered from a long-lasting injury, and we finally made it back to training and competing (Advanced Medium). My trainer advised me to look into bit fitting, and I did not know what hit me. The positive change Karin could achieve with a fitted bridle and bit. Horses cannot talk, but my mare was quite clear in what she liked and did not like. The same scenario happened again when we had a fitting for a girth. Once again, the mare obviously showed what she liked and did not like. We benefited from this in our training and have since made it to the next Advanced class. Many pieces of the puzzle have fallen into place, but we are not quite there yet. My mare is by no means a dressage horse in appearance (she was bred for jumping), and she has three basic gaits. She is very eager to work, physically capable of working and is always ready to go. I, therefore, feel obligated to her to do everything in my power to make things work. After consulting my trainer once more, I decided to ask Karin to come for a double bridle fitting. Just to see if we could fit another piece of the puzzle into place, so training might just go a little bit more smoothly, and we could shine more confidently in the arena. It was perfect timing: a double bridle has a lot to offer. More stability in contact results in a more quiet seat of the rider and a horse that can really make more of a connection, meaning the exercises will go more smoothly too. I am a perfectionist but can also be really on the fence about some things. When I buy a new bit or girth, I always keep second-guessing myself. Is the bit at the right height? Is it the right size? Does the noseband need tightening or loosening? Is this the best girth? But now Karin has fitted everything, I can let go of any doubt. She has so much knowledge that I have absolutely no doubts about the tack and whether this is the best choice for my mare or not. Together with my trainer and thanks to Karin, we can feel confident about any upcoming competitions!!
I was only working at Stal Brons for a short time when I met Karin. Karin is someone who has an eye for detail and is a perfectionist while looking at what you and, especially, what your horse needs. My horse was suffering from a cracked lip for quite some time, and I was at my wit's end... I tried everything! Then I met Karin, and she told me that she could help Ivy by lasering the affected spot twice a week. She could also advise me on how to heal cracked lips, said that it needed time, and reassured me by saying that it could fully recover. And she was completely right! When she works on fitting a double bridle, she really takes her time and properly cares about your horse, which was necessary as my horse is very sensitive. I benefited so much from the perfectly fitted bridle during training and competitions that I also purchased a snaffle bridle. However, when she designed bridles with rose-gold buckles, I picked out a new double bridle and made sure it had a rose-gold browband and buckles! I love it so much - it looks stunning! True perfection, and to put the finishing touch, Karin designed a browband based on my competition outfit and made it in such a way that it perfectly matches my horse and me. Karin also designs girths, and since I am such a fan of her bridles, I also wanted to get a girth, and wow! The difference a girth can make is astonishing (of course, it also has rose-gold buckles ?). I can honestly say I am very happy with and enthusiastic about Karin/2FitHorses. She uses excellent, high-quality materials and provides a great service! I cannot wait to see what kind of beautiful designs Karin comes up with next ?.