So... what's the point to this post? We know you can ride dressage bitless, that has never been an area of contention. Spirithorse, you fight tooth and claw about how awful bits are and riding with so much pressure on the horse's head, you should be able to ride with barely a touch of the rein.
Great, we know your opinions and funnily enough, we all agree that YES, the rider should not rely on the bit to essentially hold themselves upright in the saddle.
The bit is used to provide a contact on the front end of the horse, to which the energy generated in the hind quarters can be cycled through, thus creating the upward 'lift' of paces and swing of the back.
So riding in a bitless bridle, essentially you are doing exactly the same thing, but the contact is on the nose rather than the mouth. A rider can still brace and lean against this contact and cause immense damage to the nasal bones of the horse.
So how is this so much better than riding with a bit??
I don't understand what you're getting at with this post, initially you are saying 'oh look, dressage can be ridden bitless, this is a much better way than with a bit'.... then KV points out that the rider is bracing heavily against the nose anyway, even without a bit, and you suddenly change you tune and you're saying that there is extreme pressure shown in this.
How is this effectively arguing your case that bitless is far kinder than bitted??