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bridle hand

noun
1.
(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
1570-1580
1570-80
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  • When a horse refuses obedience to the bridle-hand, it must be reinforced by the right.

    Riding for Ladies W. A. Kerr
  • Her seat should be easy, her leg still, and her bridle-hand steady.

  • Holding his long rifle in his bridle-hand, he shook his free fist at Cedar City.

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

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • And then they keep their bridle-hand firm closed on the bridle-rein till their horses are back in the stable again.

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

    Armour in England J. Starkie Gardner
  • The left hand is the bridle-hand and the one in which the reins should habitually be carried.

  • If he trot too rapidly, he must be checked, by bracing the bridle-hand and increasing the pull upon the reins.

    The American Horsewoman Elizabeth Karr
  • A dextrous motion of the bridle-hand and right leg made the horse evade the bulls horn, by turning to the left.

    Letters from Spain Joseph Blanco White
  • Sol's bridle-hand had been frozen the night before in the long swift ride.

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