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post #11 of 14 Old 10-26-2008, 02:32 PM
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I got one of Dr. C's first draft horse versions. They work really well. Some horses don't like bits - you could have hands as soft as a lamb's butt and it's not going to matter - they don't want a bit in their mouth. So bitless is a good way to go.

My horse just recently went back into the bit - not idea why he changed his mind but he did and is working fine. I'm sure he'll let me know when/if he wants to go back.

Unless it weighs a ton... it's just a horse. Draft horse motto.
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post #12 of 14 Old 10-27-2008, 03:24 AM
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I use the cross over bitless on my TB, he had cuts on his mouth from sharp teeth causing him to really hate having the bit in , so in order to let his mouth heel up before using the bit again i went bitless. I tried the english hackamore on him but it seemed a bit much for him so i got a cross over. I love the thing and he seems to aswell Ha after using it i never went back to a bit with him hehe. I have had him turn bronc on me wearing it and i felt i had every bit as much control in it as i would have if he was wearing a bit in such a situation. I do recommend them, at least to give them a try to see if they work for your horse.
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post #13 of 14 Old 10-27-2008, 09:30 PM
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I think if it helps... why not use it? Who cares if its a trend? If some people think its nicer for their horses mouth then its no skin off the back of anyone who loves their bits. Looking at it the other way, consider how many horses have pain in their mouths because of high/low palates, wolf teeth, ill fitting bits, etc and it gets ignored because their owners "need the control" or it doesn't manifest in an obvious way.
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post #14 of 14 Old 11-02-2008, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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I had my first ride in my new Easy Trek bridle today (exactly the same as Dr Cook's but cheaper). I have to say I was a little unsure of what my horse might do because she can be an absolute nightmare sometimes. Never the less I got on and I loved it! We rode down the carpark and onto the common where I keep her, it's about 90 acres and has about 40 horses roaming it. She had about 5 minutes of wanting to trot and getting a bit joggy, I think this was because she suddenly realised she had no bit in her mouth, but then she settled right down and was really relaxed. At no point did I feel as though I had lost control and I walked, trotted and cantered her. This may not sound much but my mare can be very spooky and unpredictable when she is ridden out without another horse. I think the main thing I noticed was that if she looked at something she would shy but then go back to being relaxed. Normally she would spook and then take ages to calm down again. There is alot of scheptasism with these bridles but I have only ever read one bad review and I have tried it on a horse which is a challenge to ride, I think everyone should atleast give it a go. I have also just bought a treeless saddle but I'm gonna get Sacha used to her bridle before I ride her in that as well. I dont want to blow her mind by changing all she knows in one day.
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