Bitless bridle on hard mouthed horse?
I was wondering if a bitless bridle would work for my Arab. He was ridden in a harsh bit his whole life for being "hard to stop". I have transitioned him (with much patience) into a D ring snaffle with rubber bars, I am still working on slowing his canter down, but his trot is gorgeous. He pulls very hard on the bit at the canter, like he used to do at the trot. I think he may have some nerve damage from the bit his previous "trainer" had him in. I swear, the thing looked like a torture device from the depths of hell. It had 5 inch shanks and a jagged chain through his mouth with two (very tight, to the point he would bleed) curb chains. I know that a hard mouth is a training issue, and I have very light hands and good balance, but I think he may be most comfortable wearing the least amount of tack possible (they also had an elaborate series of tack attached to his girth, barrel saddle and breast collar that looked like someone put a giant rope spiderweb on him). Has anyone had any experience with these on hard mouthed horses? And I have switched him to English, which he seems to love, and he is progressing wonderfully. I was liking the look of the jubilee bitless bridles, but any help is greatly appreciated.