Going bitless?

       The Horse Forum > Horse Tack > Horse Tack and Equipment

Going bitless?

This is a discussion on Going bitless? within the Horse Tack and Equipment forums, part of the Horse Tack category
  • Going bitless
  • Going from bit to bitless

Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By smrobs

LinkBack Thread Tools
    02-06-2012, 11:59 PM
Going bitless?

Hello, all: What are your opinions on "bitless" bridles? I now have a 15-year old horse that's not been ridden for years and I have no idea of his tack history. I'm looking for general opinions on whether or not it's a good idea to re-start him this way or go with a snaffle. He was used for camping and trail riding, and is generally mellow.
Sponsored Links
    02-07-2012, 12:10 AM
If you want to ride him bitless, then there is no reason why you shouldn't at least give it a try. Whatever kind of bitless you choose to use, you'll want to make sure you can bend him to each side with the rein before you ever get on though. Also, make sure you're first few rides are in an enclosed area where the risk is minimized if he doesn't respond to it.
farley likes this.
    02-07-2012, 02:51 AM
Try putting a bit in his mouth and see if he responds to it from the ground. If not, I'd teach him to respond to a bit on the ground prior to riding him with or without a bit.

FWIW, out of my 3 horses, one prefers bitless, one does best with a bit, and one doesn't seem to care either way. The one who does better with a bit does so because when he gets excited about something (in his case, anticipating cantering), it is easier to calm him down with a bit. With a bit, I can alternate slight pressure with my little finger in time with his shoulder, and he'll slow and relax in 3 strides. Without it, he'll fight the halter and get pissy. Given his personality, I think he just doesn't understand the cues as well bitless because he is, by nature, a very submissive horse.

With all of them, I find a bit can help for training...for example, if they tip their head out in a turn, then a bit makes it easier to teach them to tip their nose in and turn more from their rear end.

The only bitless bridle I've used is a side-pull rope halter. Some of the bitless bridles I've seen scare me far more than a bit does.
    02-07-2012, 11:44 AM
You can always try seeing if he will pick up a bit, if he seems apprehensive you could try putting a little molasses on it to make it taste yummy to him!! And if you want to definitely go bitless I agree that you should make sure he responds to the rein aids on the ground. Good luck!!

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bitless manca Horse Training 4 04-23-2011 10:47 AM
Bitless ? AztecBaby Natural Horsemanship 97 02-17-2011 10:23 AM
tell me about bitless LuvsArabella Natural Horsemanship 48 09-07-2010 11:19 AM
bitless to bit Aliboo Horse Tack and Equipment 5 04-06-2009 02:27 PM
Going Bitless.... Leggs Lady Horse Tack and Equipment 24 03-26-2008 11:34 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:18 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0