I say good on you for atleast trying it. I ride both my horses bitless, on in a hackamore and the other in a crossover.
A lady here gives me a sideways look when she sees me riding in my bitless...like she's looking down on me or judging :roll:
My TB had teeth problems,some ulsers. So I had the bit taken out for a while to let them heal. I found a english hackamore to much for him, he was way sensative to it, it felt that a bit of pressure might send him backwards , so I got him a crossover bitless. It was wonderful, he went great in it so I never went back to a bit.
As for the hackamore it put that on my other boy and it was great for him, especially since he had a hard mouth on him with a bit. I swaped the chin chain for a bit of leather to make it milder and its perfect for him now
So yes it totaly depends on the horse. They will tell you if its right for them or not.
I did also use a ropehalter and put reins on it, but found if I went for a gallop or at a faster pace it started to ride up his face so prefure a crossover or english hackamore on him.
But I defenetly don't want to go back to bits, my boys enjoy there bitless bridles. 8)
Can't wait to hear how it goes