A Snaffle Bridle
The Snaffle Bridle is probably the bridle used most often. It can be used for many types of riding. It does not need to have a noseband, which in some cases is just added to be decorative. Different types of noseband however give the rider most control over the horse, as do different bits . There are a number of different single bits that can be used with a snaffle, and which are discussed under that section.
A snaffle bridle consists of cheekpieces to which the bit is attached, a headpiece, browband, throatlatch (which prevents the bridle slipping forward over the ears), a single pair of reins and optional noseband.
A Double Bridle
The snaffle bridle and double bridle are quite similar, but the extra bridoon (small ring snaffle) allows other bits to be used at the same time with two sets of reins. The combination of two bits and two reins allows precise control over the horse's way of going. It is not a bridle for the novice. A cavesson noseband is always used with a double bridle.