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post #1 of 11 Old 02-05-2013, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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Different bitless bridles??

I have been thinking of buying some form of bitless bridle to use. My horse can be ridden with a bit but just goes better and seems happier bitless.

My problem is they aren't really available in any local tack shops, so I want to be sure of what I am going to order. I was hoping for some explainations on all the different types of bitless bridles? Different uses if any? Are there that would be more suitable for direct reining over neck reining etc? Thanks for any help.

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search the forum and you will find oodles of threads on them.

-all of them can be used direct or neck reining, the bosal requires some more advanced knowledge.
- the mecanical hackamore isnt so great for direct reining
-I hate the dr cooks style cross under type. the mecanics of it to me seem just confusing, and every horse I've used it on hated it.
-big fan of side pulls, the least complicated and confusing, plus they look nice.
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Stateline tack is where I started for my bitless bridle-- I bought an all-leather sidepull to try and ended up loving it, but sold it because it was a tad too big on my arab.

Tory Harness Leather Nose Side Pull

I have had the best experience, though, buying biothane (what endurance horses use) bitless bridles because they are frequently convertible. And, while you can choose some pretty wild biothane colors, you can also choose a more "normal" shade of brown or black.

For example, my trail bridle is a biothane sidepull, but I can swap out the throatlatch for poll pressure straps if I feel that my horse needs the extra pressure. Alternatively, I can clip on bit hangers when I decide not to go bitless.

I use tayloredtack.com. They also have excellent "S" hackamores if you wanted something with a little nose leverage.

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Neck reining: A horse that knows how to neck rein should neck rein in any bridle, simply because they operate off of where the rein lies on their neck + leg. I can neck-rein my gelding in his sidepull. That being said, a sidepull is designed for direct reining-- hence the name!

I like sidepulls better than, say, bosals because whereas a sidepull attaches on either side of the head, a bosal attaches beneath the chin. I feel that a sidepull gives my horse better direction.

I hope this helps!
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If your horse listens to you well enough I'd just attach reins to the halter. Cheapest way to go.

I did use the sidepull similar to Tory posted above (basically it's also "bridle-like" halter with reins attached), and it was good for trail riding. But it has no stopping power to it (just something to keep in mind).
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I have ridden him in a halter before but I didn't find it very helpful when he had one of the tantrums he sometimes has. When he was ridden in a bitless bridle he was good. I have heard a lot that they can be just as harsh as bits, so I thought he might not be able to take advantage as much as he could in just a halter. I don't know a lot about bitless bridles though, that's why I'm trying to learn a bit before I buy one.

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If your horse listens to you well enough I'd just attach reins to the halter. Cheapest way to go.

I did use the sidepull similar to Tory posted above (basically it's also "bridle-like" halter with reins attached), and it was good for trail riding. But it has no stopping power to it (just something to keep in mind).
I can second the no-stopping-power! The only time my horse has ever taken off with me on the trail was in that bridle... which is why I switched to something with poll pressure and a bitted option if I need it!
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I have ridden him in a halter before but I didn't find it very helpful when he had one of the tantrums he sometimes has. When he was ridden in a bitless bridle he was good. I have heard a lot that they can be just as harsh as bits, so I thought he might not be able to take advantage as much as he could in just a halter. I don't know a lot about bitless bridles though, that's why I'm trying to learn a bit before I buy one.
You may look into indian hackamore (something like Indian Bosal BITLESS Hackamore Average to Large Horse | eBay). I know bunch of people on this forum use them (I believe Wallaby is one, so you may want to PM her directly).

As for bitless bridle (like Dr. Cook), it's expensive and I truly don't think it worth the money.
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Thanks a lot I will look into that.

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If your horse listens to you well enough I'd just attach reins to the halter. Cheapest way to go.
Agreed! Thats what I do too! Works perfect, saves money, cleaning tack and space :))
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