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    04-22-2013, 10:37 AM

I'm just curious. I understand the whole concept of getting a horse rounded, collected, bend, etc. Would you do the same actions if you are riding the horse bit less?
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    04-22-2013, 10:41 AM
Of course, because true collection starts from the back end, regardless if you are riding in a bit, bitless, or even in a halter.
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    04-22-2013, 10:44 AM
Thank you for your quick reply! I thought so I just wanted to make sure since I ride my OTTB bitless, and never had experience with riding other horses bit less. Do not want to be doing the wrong thing with my horse.
    04-22-2013, 10:56 AM
I rode bitless for 3 years, and with a bit for 2.

Bits are for communication. Bitless robs you of some of that communication. There may be workarounds that will allow you to get the same end result, but you'll be working harder.

Trooper, our Appy, tended to turn his nose out and fall in with his shoulder. Bitless, we couldn't get him to just tip his nose in and find out how it felt. With a bit, it was easy to teach him. That was when we switched to using bits. Mia responds well to pressure on the poll when using a curb bit. So Trooper uses a snaffle, and Mia a curb.

There may be a way to do it all bitless, but it sure is easier with one. IMHO.

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