I have 2 of them and I quite like them. I bought the first one for my QH who was having teeth problems at the time and he goes quite well in it. I used my other one on my Canadien and he seems okay but you can tell he doesn't like the side pressure from it.
I have the western leather one and it is of decent leather, I just keep it oiled properly and look after it. My other one is a beta one and it is alright, would go for leather if I could though.
The difficulty lies not in the new ideas, but escaping the old ones.....
I got the western leather Dr. Cook's, and so far, I love it. Nice quality leather, good color, etc. The conchos are a little cheapy looking, but whatever.
As far as the function, so far, so good. My horse seems to really like it, my trainer rode him in it yesterday and he was happy, she also really liked it. He tried to do a little crow hop on her and she was able to turn him onto his shoulder pretty easily.
So far so good! I will report again when I ride. :)
Here's a pic of him wearing it, sorry for the blurry quality of my camera phone.
"My treasures do not clink together or glitter; They gleam in the sun and neigh in the night."
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?
You can't show in the hunters with a hackamore or bitless bridle. In the jumpers it is ok, but a big no no in the hunter ring.
I just want to say that my new horse is ridden in a bitless bridle. His old owner said he hated the bit, and theyve ridden him with the bitless bridle for 5 years. I used it on him when trying him out and he did great, he responded well. The only difference I noted was needing shorter reins because of the "give" it has.