I would like to find a bitless bridle for two of our horses. They are our distance riding horses who will be ridden, most days, for at least six or seven hours. No one style of riding, sometimes one hand holding the reins, sometimes two hands, work mostly at the walk.
Why bitless? First of all because it's just more convenient. It means freedom for eating, drinking and yawning. We had halter-bridles which were nice, but the halters got pinched off the horses while they were turned out... I digress. Second, because it's my preference.
So, onto the horses and their riders. Horse #1
9 years old, very sensible. Headstrong mare used before for ploughing. She's used to pulling through pressure. Goes fine in anything but stops better in a v. mild curb than in a loose-ring snaffle. Can neck rein. Can be ridden in a halter. Rider for horse #1
Novice rider still learning seat and leg aids. Hands on the heavy side when using them but not twitchy or busy when the reins are relaxed. Prefers a thicker rope rein (I don't even know if that's relevant but never mind
) Horse #2
6 years old, just-bit-more-than-broke mare (she can tie, saddle and bridle-up, w/t and beginning to canter, lunge, turn and stop). Will learn to neck-rein but we have to get her direct-rein cues tidied up. Have tried loose-ring snaffle and a rubber mouthpiece and she doesn't like: looks to escape from even minimal pressure. Rides much, MUCH better in a bog-standard nylon halter than in anything with a bit. For that matter rides better in a leadrope twisted once round her nose. Has been started in a sort-of-bosal-style noseband with just one strap going up cheeks and over the poll, but with the reins attached to each side rather than underneath the noseband. Goes fine in this too. Rider for horse #2
Intermediate level. Light hands. No experience riding anything other than English. Seat OK and legs need work.
So, what bitless ideas do you have? The horses are in Chile where the supplies are, let's say, limited, but we have the possibility of buying in Europe or online from the US. I'd like something I could look at first but this isn't a necessity. I have some ideas but would be interested to hear your suggestions - so let's hear them!