Vida - makes me feel better that I'm not the only one with this reaction. Now that I mention this to people appearantly it's not an uncommon response.
M2G - we got a demo video to play in our DVD player at work... man is it awful!! I can't believe it! It shows horses bucking, bolting, and just being rude. They also showcase an "upper level" dressage horse (terrible mover) that was literally three-legged lame.
I have not seen a single horse in any Nurtural Horse bitless bridle work well.
Zab - I agree. I'd prefer a mechanical hack to this contraption.
"It's funny how amazed people are that you can ride without a bit.. when it's really not that special or hard."
-- I COMPLETELY agree! I keep saying to people that I am NOT impressed just because a horse is "bitless." Yay, you can turn *woohoo.* I'm impressed by any horse working WELL, regardless of what's in its mouth.
I've ridden Denny with a halter just fine.. does that make me speshul?
Now something that's cool is riding an upper level horse bitless and bareback, and feeling the power firsthand... no, I'm not saying I expected anyone to go "wow" at it, I'm just saying it was an amazing feeling.
PonyBoy - No I didn't take the time to read their website... and it doesn't come as a shock. I will wander over there and take a look, thanks for the tip.
HAF - if you read my post, I stated I used a Nurtural Horse bitless. I did let him get used to it - he had it on while I was grooming, I introduced the idea of left and right on the ground, and I STILL got that reaction.
I did NOT just slap it on and expect a miracle.
Appearantly I'm not the only one with this reaction, if you have read the posts from FGR and Vida.
Once again, I had terrible results. I have not seen one video or example of any horse going well in this bitless bridle contraption. Each and every one has travelled hollow and not working through its body.
Again, Denny reacted like he was in pain; pain to a product whose "selling point" is to never make your horse feel the pain of a bit again.
Edited to Add:
I spoke to my barn owner after that "experience" and she said the exact same thing.. the one gelding she tried it on reacted very much the same way as Denny