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    05-17-2011, 12:24 PM
Feedback needed on Bitless Bridle

I am new here and my husband and I are looking seriously at a QH mare who uses a hackamore.

Doing some research, I am not sure about it. It seems this could possibly injure her if not used correctly.

Then I came upon the Bitless Bridle. Claims to be very gentle and innovative.

Has anyone ever used this and what is your opinion? If you google it, it will come up.

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    05-17-2011, 02:59 PM
We use a Dr Cooks bitless bridle on a 22 year old arabian mare. She was given to my daughter because she wouldn't take a bit. She does really well with the bitless.
    05-17-2011, 05:36 PM
Welcome to the forum!

Anything will hurt your horse if used improperly. The trick is to learn how to use your tack. There are many people who use and like a bitless bridle but, personally, I use bits and I've learned to have soft hands.

If your horse goes well in a hackamore, learn to use it and don't think more about it.
    05-17-2011, 05:39 PM
Iride is correct in saying that any tack can be used incorrectly and hurt your horse if you use it improperly.

I have tried a bitless bridle and found that my horse seemed to be fine with it. He has no issues with a bit; however, so I can not really for an opinion for a horse who does not use a bit.
    05-17-2011, 06:08 PM
Howdy and welcome to the forum Farley .

Iride is correct, the biggest favor you can do for your horse is to learn how to properly use whatever tack you decide on.

Just for clarification, by hackamore, I am assuming that you mean a mechanical hackamore similar to this?
SS Rubber Covered Mechanical Hackamore -

As for your question regarding the bitless bridle thing, I have heard stories from both ends of the spectrum. Some horses love them and respond beautifully and other horses despise the 'whole head hug' of the bitless bridle and freak out. If you are really interested in trying one out, I would suggest that you find a friend who has one they would let you borrow or looking into a local tack store that would take a return if your horse doesn't like it. If your horse doesn't like it and the store won't accept returns, I suppose you could always sell it on Ebay or some similar site.

If you are interested in keeping her bitless but are interested in something that isn't as potentially harsh as a hackamore, you might consider looking into a sidepull type headstall like this one. (I like the one with the leather noseband at the bottom).
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    05-17-2011, 06:12 PM
I have two horses. One strongly prefers a sidepull halter, and the other strongly prefers a bit. So that is what I use...whatever works best on the individual horse.
    05-17-2011, 07:43 PM
I personally don't like the bitless bridles. Too many pressure points. I tried one on my horse who goes well with a bit, or just a halter and lead rope, and is very tolerant of human error, but she just acted confused in the bitless bridle.
    05-18-2011, 06:17 AM
Wow, thanks for all the input. I have found out a bit more about the bridle she uses.

There is a guy in St. Augustine, Fl....pony boy...who is well known for his methods. If you go to his site, I think it will be obvious the kind of bridle he uses. It is something I haven't really seen before. I think I was hasty calling it a hackamore. Not really sure what it is. The man who ownes her ascribes to this mans teaching. Very gentle and low key training.

We are going back on Saturday to spend more time with her outside the arena. I'd like to go back knowing a bit about it. I know a horse should stop in the manner it is trained. Relying on a bit to stop a horse isn't 100%.

Like I said, she goes well and stops fine in it. Being brought up with the "bit" theology, this is somewhat strange to me.....but I guess the horseless carriage was strange to some people too!

If I can, I will post a pic of her in this.
    05-18-2011, 06:22 AM
OK, here is a pic of what we used. The band is low on her nose only because he left the halter on.
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    05-18-2011, 08:20 AM
Aha, that seems like a gentle enough form of bitless. It seems like a lot of the big name trainers are touting some form of special or modified rope halter to ride in (at least his appears to actually be designed to ride in ).

It is the mechanical type hackamores that most people are reluctant to use so I see no reason for you to change her headstall unless you just want to. She's a pretty girl too.

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