Whether you want to save some cash by picking up a $10 bridle on eBay, like the authenticity of using something meant for a bio-horse, or simply can't find a pony play bridle that you really love, converting a bio-horse bridle to a human horse bridle is something to seriously consider, especially when the conversion can be completed in 5 easy steps.
This wonderful tutorial was written and photographed by Soph and is used here with their permission.
Step 1 This shows the bridle configured as it should be for a normal horse, looking nose-on. Remove the bit retainer strap (already done in this picture) then take everything else apart.
Step 2 Take the noseband with its attached straps. We are going to use this as the browband for our pony.
Step 3 Attach the reins to the bit. Good quality leather ones are best.
Step 4 Take the cheekpieces and thread them through the bit clips on the reins on each side (see the two closeup pictures for a better visualization of how this is done).
Step 5 If desired, the spare browband can also be threaded onto the cheekpieces, below the bit, reversed so it will go around the back of the neck. It's not strictly necessary but does aid bit retention, particularly if the pony is on all fours.
Done The completed bridle now ready for the human pony's head.
After reading through this tutorial, I'm eager to give it a go on a few bridles I have around the house! Also, now whenever I see a bridle I love (but that I would never make my bio-horses wear), I'll have a an excuse to purchase it :)
A big thank you to Soph for creating this wonderful illustrated tutorial.