Fitting Bridles with William Micklem: What All Horse Owners Should Know about Their Horses Facial Anatomy

Cordelia, Calif. – Jan. 18, 2018 – As Equitopia continues to investigate the level of knowledge that is required to create harmonious, gymnastically empowered horse and rider combinations, they reached out to international event rider and trainer, William Micklem, to talk to him about the thought process and design of the famous Micklem bridle.

Technical graphic help to illuminate horses facial construction

Equitopia’s team then sought further confirmation on the sensitivity of the various parts of the horse’s bone and nerve structure in relation to areas where the bridle fits from Dr. Monica Aleman of UC Davis, one of only a handful of vets worldwide to be dual board certified in both internal medicine and equine neurology.

In this thought provoking video, Micklem and Aleman explain the various areas that can cause potential pain and discomfort due to ill-fitting and overly tight head wear.

Equitopia’s educational video gives viewers in depth representations of how horses wear bridles

“We continue to be awed by the level of awareness and thought that should go into every aspect of horse care and welfare” said Caroline Hegarty, founder of the non-profit organization.

“I wish I had this level of awareness and education when I first started out on my journey with horses instead of learning the hard way” she continued. My hope is that as we investigate and share this information that we can influence and guide the equestrian industry to evaluate and examine the training components currently present in all disciplines for validation or improvement with the utmost emphasis on the welfare of the horse.”

William Micklem

As William Micklem states in the video, “we must keep questioning, we must keep studying, and we must not be afraid of change”.

The full-length educational video is free to view on Equitopia’s website, Youtube, Vimeo and Facebook platforms.

Equitopia envisions a world where humans live in harmony with horses based on a deep understanding and regard for the horse’s needs in today’s world. Their mission is to empower the horse industry with reliable resources supported by research and evidence, to guide them in the evolution towards compassionate horsemanship.
If you are interested in supporting the efforts of Equitopia, you may purchase Equitopia’s art prints through Fine Art America or purchase the children’s books “The Adventures of Syrus” on Amazon, whose proceeds go directly to the non-profit.

To learn more about the resources available through Equitopia or donate, please visit


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