How to Adjust the Winker Stay Wire on a Driving Bridle

Sometimes it may seem your bridle isn’t fitting correctly. This can be because your brow band is too short – or too long! – OR because the wires in the winker stays need to be adjusted.

One of the nice things about our driving bridles, with blinders, is that the winkers have a wire in them. This wire makes it so the blinders don’t lay against the horse’s eye lashes but also makes it so you can adjust them to the perfect position.

Here is a before photo. We were discussing whether she needs a longer brow band. The brow band was making it so she couldn’t adjust the wires:

Then she put the brow band behind the winker stays and bent the wire to pull the blinders away from her pony’s eyes:

Walla! Now she is going to get a longer brow band so it can go over the winkers without interfering. This is a young large pony who has had a growth spurt! It may be that she will need a bigger bridle next year, but for now this one is working just fine.

So if you’re wondering what you can do to improve your bridle fit – try adjusting the winker stay wire! Then maybe get a different length brow band 😉

4 thoughts on “How to Adjust the Winker Stay Wire on a Driving Bridle

  1. Jennifer onofrio says:

    Great explanation. I would be interested to see the opposite situation. I just received my new harness and am wondering if the brow band is too big. My girl is just 2.5 yrs old so will still grow

  2. Bettina Wolthuis says:

    Hi,i am having trouble with the blinders staying in the right position,it seems one side is always closer to ponys eye than the other side,browband is plenty long,it looks like it wasnt sewn on exactly in the center.

    • Mindy Schroder says:

      If you are having harness fit issues it’s always best to send me some photos of your set up. Please don’t send only extreme close ups – but be sure to have the entire horse or pony in the photo. If you are sending a photo of the bridle then one showing the pony’s entire face from the front and the side is the most helpful. You can email them to me at mindy@chimacumtack.com.

      Thanks so much! Mindy~

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