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post #1 of 16 Old 06-29-2011, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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Dr. Cook's Bitless Bridle

Have any of you tried Dr. Cook's Bitless Bridle?
The Bitless Bridle by Dr. Robert Cook, FRCVS, Ph.D.

If so, what are your thoughts?

They seem pretty pricey!

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post #2 of 16 Old 06-29-2011, 08:57 PM
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I'm not big fan of the idea. Halter with reins attached or sidepull are the better options IMHO.

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I have one that is the same design, but is not a Dr.Cooks. Mine was $30, I bought it to test it out since it was quite cheap and I had no idea how Flash would react.

He honestly didn't do any differently in it than he did in a bit. That being said, I really only walked him around in it but he felt the exact same to me. It may be worth a shot if you find a decently priced one, I seem to remember you were having bit issues with Brandon?

The only issue I've had with mine is that I am pretty sure the noseband is too high on his face (and doesn't go any longer). That's the only reason I haven't used it more.
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I'm interested in this bridle, as well. I found one on my local Craigslist for $45. My BO, who is breaking Aires for me, wants to put Aires into a hackamore, which I'm fine with, but I eventually want to do H/J and possibly XC (if Aires has the stamina for it, which I think he will) and have read that a traditional hackamore (like what Cam wants to put Aires in) isn't that great, but that the Dr Cook's are actually good for jumping, etc. So, does anyone have an opinions on using this with a green-broke trail horse that will eventually be a H/J/XC horse?

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I have just gotten one for my 9 year old ottb. My tb just did not do well in a bit so I just rode him in a halter. I needed something with more control and as of now the dr. Crooks bitless bridle has worked for me. This is my experience with my horse.
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I bought one some time back for my gaited mare. She rides in a hackamore and a rope hackamore just fine, but I wanted to try it. She hated it. Shook her head, was more worried about that thing than me .

So I put it in the tack room and it's been there ever since. Thanks for this thread though. I'd forgotten about it. Might be time to pull it back out and try it on my other two.
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I have one, and have used it with great success. The only issue I had was that mine had a rather slow release, and could be kind of confusing because of that. I bought mine used for $75, and it doesn't have a united crownpiece (older model), which is a bit of a pain as I'd have to stop on long rides and even out the reins, so make sure you're getting a newer model!

Regardless, I'd recommend it.

ETA: There's lots of other bitless options too. You can PM me if you want to hear about some.

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I have one that is the same design, but is not a Dr.Cooks. Mine was $30, I bought it to test it out since it was quite cheap and I had no idea how Flash would react.

He honestly didn't do any differently in it than he did in a bit. That being said, I really only walked him around in it but he felt the exact same to me. It may be worth a shot if you find a decently priced one, I seem to remember you were having bit issues with Brandon?

The only issue I've had with mine is that I am pretty sure the noseband is too high on his face (and doesn't go any longer). That's the only reason I haven't used it more.

Huh! Do you know where you got the bridle? I saw a few rope ones around but they were $70.00. May as well go with the real thing for that price.

Yes, Brandon has bit issues, still.

I was thinking about a Dr. Cook's or an indian bosal from Crazyropes.
HUGE price difference...but I really want what's 'best'...which is difficult, because I realize that can vary from individual.

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I have one very similar to a Dr.Cook's. My 22 y/o responds great in it, I never use a bit on her. We also just use a halter with clip on reins, it has the same effect.

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Huh! Do you know where you got the bridle? I saw a few rope ones around but they were $70.00. May as well go with the real thing for that price.

Yes, Brandon has bit issues, still.

I was thinking about a Dr. Cook's or an indian bosal from Crazyropes.
HUGE price difference...but I really want what's 'best'...which is difficult, because I realize that can vary from individual.
I got mine from this place though they don't list it on their website. They had a booth at an equine fair that I went to where I got mine.
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