- (of a horseback rider) the hand, usually the left hand, that holds both reins or both pairs of reins, leaving the other hand free to manage a whip, crop, lariat, or the like.
Origin of bridle hand
First recorded in 1570–80
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Examples from the Web for bridle hand
Her seat should be easy, her leg still, and her bridle-hand steady.The Young Lady's Equestrian Manual
The bridle-hand of the rider wears the Manifer (main-de-fer).Armour & Weapons
Charles John Ffoulkes
When a horse refuses obedience to the bridle-hand, it must be reinforced by the right.Riding for Ladies
W. A. Kerr
He laid his bridle-hand on the left side of his horse's mane and shifted his weight a trifle.What Will People Say?
The bridle-hand wears the mainfere (main-de-fer), while the right hand grasping the spear is gauntleted.Armour in England
J. Starkie Gardner