Whoa, I just realized that I made a whole lot of typos and misspellings in my last post. Sorry, hope you got the point.
I totally agree with Keveinshorses. I learned the hard way that using a bitless bridle is not as easy as it looks. Back a few years ago when I was first getting into horse training I tried training my own horse in a bitless Indian bosal (It's kind of like a combination of a cross under bitless bridle and a side pull). He did great with it in the round pen and in the pasture, but I did not get him as responsive to it as I should of before taking him out on trail. I should have taught him how to flex from side to side with it and do a one rein stop. But I failed to do this. On his third trail ride every he spooked at something and bolted for the barn at top speed. I tried to pull one rein around in a one-rein stop but he completely ignored it. Pulled right through it like I was not even there. I only succeeded in pulling myself out of the saddle, falling on the ground and breaking my arm. He got a little layer of skin taken off his nose in the process. Not a good experience. Totally messed up my life out the time. Had to drop out of school, return home for two surgeries, and ended up having to sell my horse because I could not work any more. Do I blame the bitless bridle? No, I blame myself for not preparing my horse properly. But, if I had trained him using the bit things might have turned out a little differently.
You live, you learn. I'm back in the saddle now, no more worse for ware, but I've got a nasty scare on my arm to remind me to be smart and listen to my gut (which I didn't). I'm telling you what happened to me so that hopefully it wont happen to you. Not trying to scare you away from using a bosal, just letting you know about the risks.
Edit: Sorry, didn't see your last post Alicia. If the only reason you want to use one is for the looks then I would not suggest it. But that is just my opinion. If you do find a draft that is already trained to it, then go for it! Otherwise, stick with what you know.
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