Medieval Horse Bridle


A Medieval horse bridle cast in iron, composed of two free-running rings to the cheeks and a central bar, which is made from two adjoining pieces and attaches the two cheek pieces together.

Date: Circa 14th-15th Century AD
Condition: Good condition, some wear in the material. Mounted on a custom-made stand.


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This type of horse bridle is knowns as a snaffle, which is the simplest and most usual type of bit used in horse riding. There are different types of snaffles with this fine example being one of the more simpler ones to more elaborate designs. It consists of two short metal bars, a bit, which is used as a mouthpiece with a ring on either side. The function of this part is that it applies direct pressure to the horse’s gums, the bar sits in a gap between the horses front teeth and their back teeth. Straps would be attached to the rings, acting as the head straps and the reins by which the rider would be able to control the horse.

Weight 302.9 g
Dimensions L 25.5 cm



Reference: For a similar item, The British Museum, item 1928,0112.1 .