Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
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.
"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."