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post #1 of 4 Old 05-20-2011, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Bitless options (non-bridle)

Hi there,
For those who don't know - I've been taming a horse that his been in a field with no training for about 10 years.

I got a nice little plain 'ol all leather bridle and the most gentle french link snaffle I could find. Got it on my boy with a little bit of trouble, but once he realized what was going on, he hated it. He spent the next 2 hours trying to spit it out, and when I tried to get it on him again this week, he rather politely refused. Actually, I was a little surprised at how he went about refusing, as he didn't try to bite me at all (which he usually does if I am trying to get him to do something he doesn't want to). So... I couldn't get it on him again in part because he so obviously didn't want to and I realize there are other options. (In thinking about it...if you were left to your own devices since you were a teenager, and then you met someone real cool who you really liked and liked you a lot, but then they insisted that you wear some piece metal in your mouth whenever you hang out..well, you'd want little to do with them, right?)

So, I've decided to try something bitless, but I want to be able to use a standard bridle (since I also still have my show bridle and just got this new everyday bridle). I want to be able to direct rein, also, and get him nice and collected (though I will also teach him to neck rein probably). Not planning on showing but it might be fun some time. What are my options? I was looking at this one:LightRider Bitless Noseband - Natural Horse World Seems like it may be an option, but I'd like to see some other choices. Anyone have suggestions?
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-20-2011, 07:39 PM
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Bitless is all I have been looking at lately. :)
Check the thread I started under equipment, I got a lot of great suggestions.

I am currently looking at this option, or an indian bosal:
Nurtural Horse: The Better Bitless Bridle

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post #3 of 4 Old 05-21-2011, 02:37 PM
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I would recomend trying before you buy. While many people believe that just because it doesnt have a bit its better for your horse, its really not true. Equiptment is only cruel by that hands that use it. Some horses absolutely loathe the nose pressure that bitless bridles use, while some horses prefer it over bit. Its all about the induvidual horse. I would probably play around with around with other bits, maybe he didn't like the mouthpiece, or the type of joint it had, maybe it was too thick or thin? Did the length of the bit fit him right? You could try a hackamore? They have types that apply nose, poll, or curb pressure or combinations of those. I know a hgh level Dressage horse who goes better in a curb pressure hackamore than a bit. Maybe your horse doesnt like bits at all or it just wasnt right for him. Just keep trying your options and you'll find something right for him.
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post #4 of 4 Old 05-22-2011, 12:26 AM
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Might just try to ride him in a rope halter if he'll tolerate it.
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