Thanks guys! I love it too!
Originally Posted by Honeysuga
Ok that is the cutest pad like ever!!! How much was it? Do those Bitless Wonder Bridles really work well(like how does it work for you compared to a regular bridle with a bit?)? Where do you get them? How much? Hehe lots of questions!!!
The pad was $50 I believe. It would have been $40 but I didn't have a cinch that fits Lacey well so I decided to just get one that would fit her perfectly. I got to choose all the colors and the fabric. IMO it was a great deal for the price since most bareback pads seem to be in the $50-60 price range and you don't even get to choose the fabric. I'm really excited to use it more.
I bought the bitless bridle (actually, I bought the noseband and added it to a bridle I already had) on ebay
for $10. On there it was called an Indian Hackamore. My only complaint with it is that it is very difficult to direct rein in. I'm sure if I worked with Lacey more only direct reining she'd figure it out eventually but she is definitely confused by that currently. It's awesome for neckreining and that's mostly what I do with Lacey (she behaves better the more I trust her, so having the reins loose and neckreining is a good trust thing) so it works for us. She actually sticks her nose into it for me sometimes which I interpret as a good sign. Haha I prefer it on Lacey, over a bit (she's fine being ridden in both), just because I feel like it forces me to trust her more and it forces her to pay attention better instead of just waiting for me to haul on her mouth to get her attention. She's also lighter on my hands in it (probably since I only neck rein in it) so I like that too.
I'd definitely say though that they are not for everyone and they are most definitely not for a untrained horse/one that's confused/just starting to neckrein. I finished Lacey's neckreining training in it but that's only after she had solidly picked up neckreining in a snaffle.
Don't worry about asking questions! That's the only way to learn! =)