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        09-22-2010, 09:19 PM
      #31
    Green Broke
    Ahh yes, I agree going with a mechanical or short shanked hackamore on a horse that is used a shanked western bit (or something similar). Your post made it sound like you started young, untrained horse in a mechanical hackamore. My mistake.
         
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        09-23-2010, 04:34 PM
      #32
    Foal
    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!
         
        09-23-2010, 11:26 PM
      #33
    Foal
    Quote:
    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.
         
        09-23-2010, 11:33 PM
      #34
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
    Ahh yes, I agree going with a mechanical or short shanked hackamore on a horse that is used a shanked western bit (or something similar). Your post made it sound like you started young, untrained horse in a mechanical hackamore. My mistake.
    Yeah I realized what I said was kind of confusing. Otherwise, I agree with you!

    And Ninajoy, my trainer is actually in contact with Dr. Cook for a project she is working on, and he is very cool! I haven't actually seen the bridle, but I love what he does!
         
        09-29-2010, 04:09 AM
      #35
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by BitlessForHappiness    
    And Ninajoy, my trainer is actually in contact with Dr. Cook for a project she is working on, and he is very cool! I haven't actually seen the bridle, but I love what he does!
    Oh cool!! I've never been in contact with him personally, but I have one of his beta bridles and it's great.
    I find it especially helpful that he's a retired vet - so he has tons of horse background and experience.
    He really understands how to make it work for the horse, and how horses work.
    He's done lots of great research and studies :)

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    Originally Posted by sdellin    

    Please do post pics, I'd love to see them.

    Oops, sorry they're so big! It's not letting me size them down for some reason.
    Maybe I should post this somewhere else? I'm not meaning to hijack this thread :)

    The order is: Spruce Meadows 2009,
    Milner Downs 2008 3' Jumpers (wow, old self...RELEASE!! Please!! My wonderful forgiving horse...),
    Cross-country phase of my Pony Club C-2 test,
    then 2 pics where he got to model his bitless bridle in a photoshoot.
    Sully loves his bitless bridle! :)



    Spruce Meadows 2009




         
        10-02-2010, 05:11 PM
      #36
    Foal
    Apparently Dr. Cook is a really nice guy, too. I'd like to read his book sometime.

    That is a nice bridle!
         

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