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    11-08-2010, 11:46 PM
I was searching about hackamores and this bitless bridle came up:
The Bitless Bridle by Dr. Robert Cook, FRCVS, Ph.D.

I absolutely love it, and think I should get it. Though, it is quite pricy.
I like it because it can't harm my horse. Lots of high level cross country, dressage and jumping riders use it.

I was thinking it might work!
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    11-08-2010, 11:53 PM
Some horses HATE those. They create a different pressure than your horse is used to with the rope halter.

You think it can't hurt your horse? That's because you're looking at THEIR site. It CAN snap a horse's nose.

Anything can. Don't let yourself be fooled.
    11-08-2010, 11:57 PM
Oh really? I'm not really 100% sure how it even works... does it have any pressure? Or do you like manually pull the head yourself? Haha

It says that they have a 30day trial.. if you don't like it.

Very true about how they say it can't harm them.

Have you tried it, if you have could you tell me how you liked it?
    11-09-2010, 12:10 AM
Horseluver i'd caution you against the bitless bridle in the link you posted above. I purchased one that was almost exactly like that a couple years ago and it didn't release the reins. Once you pulled back for a halt or half-halt it didn't release like a normal rein would. It did not slip back through the rings. It was called a nurtural bitless bridle. They're similar.
    11-09-2010, 12:21 AM
In my discipline, we don't touch bitless anything. We ride 2-handed with curbs(I use a wonder gag) at shows. I use a snaffle at the moment, to restore headshake, but we'll be going back to the wonderbit in spring.

Anything has the power to harm your horse. The crossunder does create leverage.
    11-09-2010, 12:23 AM
Green Broke
From your posts here and your stated opinions, I feel that you really need to invest in a good trainer. If you already have one and he/she isn't advising you about bits, saddle fit, show regulations, vet visits, etc., then you need to find a new trainer.
    11-09-2010, 02:11 AM
^^ I do have a good trainer. I board at her place, but haven't taken lessons in at least a month.
And, the only time I can ask her is when we are in a lesson. She works during the day when I'm there.

I am also going to be taking jumping lessons at a different place on their horses to practice with an experienced horse, before trying my horse.

I posted here, because I was seeking advice for a good hackamore. I like opinions of lots of people. Not just one person, whose opinion I may not agree with.
    11-09-2010, 02:50 AM
I have been reading lots of reviews and there are tons of people who use bitless bridles.
There is also this one --> Nurtural Horse: The Better Bitless Bridle
Which sounds really good as well :)
    11-09-2010, 03:54 AM
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Here is a hackamore on NRS that is shanked and described as a sidepull.

Reinsman Shanked Rope Sidepull Bit | NRS - National Roper Supply - Western Wear, tack, team ropes, horse tack, team roping ropes, bits...

I've never used a bitless bridle; however have read where Dr. Cook has remarked on the importance of NOT having the cross-under straps run through a ring. I think the Nutural ones have the aforementioned ring.
    11-09-2010, 09:03 AM
Green Broke
Dr Cook bridles run through a ring as well.

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