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post #1 of 10 Old 06-29-2010, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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bitlesse bridle VS bridle

I personnaly use a nurtural bitlesse bridle and love it!! I would never go back to a bit but thats my opinion. I would love to hear about other opinion concerning the bitlesse!


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post #2 of 10 Old 06-29-2010, 10:01 PM
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Not every horse is OK with the pressure on nose/jaw caused by all these bitless bridles and such. Also some horses are very confused when you use bitless on them. I run into both situations personally. And no, I don't find bits cruel as well as I don't like the idea of Dr. Cook bridle (although I'm OK with riding in halter and my horses were broke in sidepull).
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I'm about to try a bitless bridle with my gelding. He has an impossible to fit mouth, and is very bothered by a bit. I rode my mustang mare in a bosal as well as a snaffle, before I sold her. She preferred the bosal, but would go well in either one.
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post #4 of 10 Old 06-29-2010, 10:14 PM
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I generally don't like bitless and would, if possible, prefer to ride with a bit. That is, unless there is a NEED for bitless. I've found some horses who simply hate a bit. They fight and flip their heads. But once you put them in a bitless, they're okay.

At my barn, we have a QH called Fly. She's one of those who just doesn't like a bit. I don't know why (she may have had a bad experience or something). We usually ride her in a hackamore. She does fairly well.

However, she DOES like mikmar bits. She goes EXCELLENTLY in one. She's a different horse with a mikmar. She isn't my horse, but if she were mine, I would hunt for a good bit she likes since she goes so well with. This seems to be the case with most horses ridden bitless; the owners just haven't had the time/resources/patience to fine a bit they like and respond to. (This isn't all horses, just most I've seen. I know some will simply NOT tolerate a bit of any kind for what ever reason.)

Also, if a horse is quiet and works well of of legs/seat and/or neck reins well, I like to ride in a halter. I only do this with horses I trust though, because halters don't have much stop or turning power.
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post #5 of 10 Old 06-29-2010, 10:17 PM
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I like my bitless (also a Nurtural) for trail riding and giving lessons, but I just can't get the refinement out of it for training purposes (beyond just the basics). Bitless is great, but bits have their place. That said, I only use snaffle bits, usually with a french link, bean, or roller middle (double jointed). I don't like western shank bits and I don't show western, so I have no need for them. I would never use one unless required to for a show.
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post #6 of 10 Old 06-30-2010, 02:19 AM
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Well, I prefer bitless, on my horse. I prefer bit, on the horse i am leasing.
Bubbles, is 24 tb mare who when i got her, had literally no brakes.
Fought with her in a tom thumb, fought with her in a french link, fought with her in a eggbutt snaffle, fought with her in a loose ring snaffle, neighbour fought with her in some fancy bit. Didn't work... halter was okay. Got given a hackamore to try... excellent!! she works well and doesn't try to kill me, but then it came to competing season "oh crap can't compete at a particular show in hackamore" so... back to the snaffle.. and the first ride in it... buck, buck, buck, jump, buck, bolt, rear, thud... broken ribs and smashed helmet. Not cool.

She's not to bad in her bit now, ive had her for just over 2 years, and I'm only in the bit because I want to compete her before she gets to old and as soon as I decide to upgrade I will be right back into her hackamore.. until then, hard work.

Sarah, the lease horse does not respond to the bitless bridles she hates the pressure and just constantly fights.
P.s.. my picture is of me and bubbles jumping around a metre bitless in her hackamore =)

R.I.P ~ Bubbles - 25yo tb mare - 13.04.2011 ~ 8:30am ~ passed away naturally and peacefully in my arms

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post #7 of 10 Old 07-02-2010, 12:01 PM
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Amazing bitless!

I bought one of the Dr. Cook's bitless bridle's for my Criollo a little while back but had never gotten the chance to use it on him. I was having so many behavioral problems with him (he would throw off anyone who got on him) and my trainer didn't want to make any major changes until he was retrained.

I recently got a beautiful 3 yr old mare who has never had a bit in her mouth. I decided to start her on the bitless to see how she would react. We were unsure since she is so hyper at this age. But, she responded soooo well. She was much calmer than the other mare at the ranch, who is being trained with a bit. She responds extremely well to direction. I will keep her on the bitless and probably won't ever use a bit on her.

Don't get me wrong. I have nothing against using bits. I don't see them as some form of barbaric torture device. But, if we don't need them, I'd rather not use them. Anything that alleviates my horses' discomfort and improves their well-being is what is important to me.
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It depends on the horse. I know several horses who go great in all manner of bitless bridles - bosal, Dr. Cooks, hackamores.

I tried a Dr. Cook on Soda and he hated it, fought it constantly, even ended up injurying his leg because he was so **** busy fighting the thing on his head he wasn't paying attn to the ground and took a really bad step. He does ride very well in a halter/lead too, so that isn't hte issue, he just didn't like the pressure.

So we're back to a bit and he seems to like it pretty well, at some point I may try him in a bosal just for the experience, but I'm pretty happy where we're at. Oh I will train him in a curb too. I just think its good for a horse to know how to go many different ways.
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post #9 of 10 Old 07-03-2010, 06:55 PM
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[QUOTE=MN Tigerstripes;678326]It depends on the horse. I know several horses who go great in all manner of bitless bridles - bosal, Dr. Cooks, hackamores.
I tried a Dr. Cook on Soda and he hated it, fought it constantly, even ended up injurying his leg because he was so **** busy fighting the thing on his head he wasn't paying attn to the ground and took a really bad step. He does ride very well in a halter/lead too, so that isn't hte issue, he just didn't like the pressure. QUOTE]

It is all about the pressure that is not released by the Bitless Bridle, the Nurtural Bitless Bridle and other copy cat units.

I Have been riding with my bridle design for twenty-two years and have never had a problem with a single horse. Why because the pressure is released, and because I educate my clients on how to ride the technology of the design.

E. Allan Buck
"Ask and allow, do not demand and force"
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post #10 of 10 Old 07-03-2010, 07:08 PM
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Its up to the horse. I own every sort of headgear imagineavle...Bits, hackamores, sidepoles, bosals etc. I ride a new horse in each and whatever they respond to best in I use. My Peruvian geldig Rico flat out told me by his expression that if I put a bit in his mouth he was going to bite my fingers off, so I gave him the sidepoles and he was a perfect angel.

Bit then there are the horses who can do all of it. Jester is supple enough that I like to ride him in just a halter or the bosal (Because he looks awesome in it )

I would just listen to your horse. Every one of them is differant.
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