Originally Posted by Ninajoy
Hi! I'm new here, but couldn't help but post. In personal opinion, I think cross-under bridles are great - I have a Dr.Cook bridle, and a Nurtural bridle. IME, they give the "woah" people look to a hackamore for, and the better lateral function and turning, etc, in a sidepull, micklem(sp??), etc. It also doesnt carry the potential danger of a hackamore, which can be quite harsh with the shank. I've jumped, barrel raced, driven, and done dressage in it, and my horse loves it! I can even post pictures if you guys are curious.. :) on both of the bridles' websites theres tons of info and pics too, which is always fun!
"Micklem" is correct. It was origionally created with three levels of control: The side pull option, the strap under the chin option, and the long strap around the poll and crossing under the chin option. Then there was a patent issue with the cross under option, so they removed that. I hear a lot of good things about it and I did try the strap under the chin option today. The horse didn't know what to think! I'll give her a couple days and see how she goes.
Please do post pics, I'd love to see them.