06-24-2013, 05:03 PM
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A little information about bitless bridles. There are all kinds, from hackamores to side pulls to specialty contraptions. The idea of a bitless bridle is to transfer the pressure from the rider's rein aids to the bridge of the horse's nose with varying degrees of magnitude provided by the leverage options. Bitless bridles can be good in some circumstances where a horse's mouth has been injured or they are dead in the mouth. (possibly like your horse) I have to caution you though, that the bridge of the nose is much more sensitive than the horse's mouth and easier to damage. I'd love to know the mouthpiece of your current bit, maybe you could try something different? If you do decide to use a bitless bridle I'd suggest doing that for a month or so and then going back to a normal bridle and seeing how your horse goes.
Bitless bridles are not acceptable in the hunter ring, just FYI.