bridle hand



(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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bridle hand

Historical Examples of bridle hand

  • Her seat should be easy, her leg still, and her bridle-hand steady.

  • 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.

  • He laid his bridle-hand on the left side of his horse's mane and shifted his weight a trifle.

  • The bridle-hand wears the mainfere (main-de-fer), while the right hand grasping the spear is gauntleted.

    Armour in England

    J. Starkie Gardner