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        03-25-2008, 02:22 AM
      #11
    Showing
    Re: Going Bitless....

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    Originally Posted by go-g8td
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    Originally Posted by Leggs Lady
    so she needs something that will help her maintain control w/o a bit...
    Any advice is welcome....Thanks
    Just this past weekend, I tried my 13 year old gelding on a bitless bridle. He noticed the freedom immediately. No more head tossing (he was always tossing and fighting), however he was a bit more lively and tried to do his own thing. He didn't do anything stupid, just pressed his luck like any teenager does. I think after a bit more training, he will be great in the bitless bridle. www.bitlessbridle.com. I will say that positioning it critical. Good luck!
    Smart boy. It will be a while before I let my 3 year old loose like that.
         
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        03-25-2008, 02:25 AM
      #12
    Showing
    Re: Going Bitless....

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    Originally Posted by go-g8td
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Leggs Lady
    so she needs something that will help her maintain control w/o a bit...
    Any advice is welcome....Thanks
    Just this past weekend, I tried my 13 year old gelding on a bitless bridle. He noticed the freedom immediately. No more head tossing (he was always tossing and fighting), however he was a bit more lively and tried to do his own thing. He didn't do anything stupid, just pressed his luck like any teenager does. I think after a bit more training, he will be great in the bitless bridle. www.bitlessbridle.com. I will say that positioning it critical. Good luck!
    Smart boy. It will be a while before I let my 3 year old loose like that.
         
        03-25-2008, 09:59 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Re: Going Bitless....

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    Smart boy. It will be a while before I let my 3 year old loose like that.
    Ahh, well he wasn't loose, we were riding in an arena!
         
        03-25-2008, 10:51 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Whitney used to fit her bit all the time. I tried her in several different kinds but she always tugged my arms off and was always chewing on it and trying to run. Since I switched her into a bitless like this:

    She's been sooo much better. She's really sharp and attentive now and has nothing in her mouth to fool around with so I have her complete attention. I love bitlesses. My other mare that I'm starting is also being trained in a bitless. They're awesome.
         
        03-25-2008, 10:54 PM
      #15
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by kitten_Val
    Nic, can you post you arab with the hackamore on? I tried to figure out how it looks like on the head, but with not much success. :roll:
    I found this on photobucket.
         
        03-26-2008, 03:03 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    Wahooo some whos not afraid of the o so shunned bitless bridles

    I ride one of my horses in a crossover bitless and another in a english hackamore. Love them and wont be going bitted again.


    Chicalove , that bitless you have looks sooo nice and comfy. How does it work? Looks somewhat similar to a cross over but with out the crossing over straps, lol. Is the pressure more situated around the nose area as apposed to the whole head like a crossover?
    I would love to try one if that's so.
         
        03-26-2008, 06:59 AM
      #17
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    He-he. Thanks, Chicalove! In fact I tried something like that on my qh (got on ebay). She figured out right away how to get advantage of that and keep grazing. Lol!
         
        03-26-2008, 12:28 PM
      #18
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Bitless

    Chicalove , that bitless you have looks sooo nice and comfy. How does it work? Looks somewhat similar to a cross over but with out the crossing over straps, lol. Is the pressure more situated around the nose area as apposed to the whole head like a crossover?
    I would love to try one if that's so.
    When you pull the reins, it tightens under the chin and on the nose and creates pressure on the two knots that are sitting on pressure points on the nose. So yeah I guess the pressure is set on the nose more than the whole head. That's not my exact one. I get the ones from Crazy Ropes by Debbie. She has really great craftsmanship and good prices. They cost me about $12 when most of the ones I saw were like $22 or $30. I think she makes them out of yacht rope.

    I hate when people don't think bitlesses don't work! Like when they say "Those things don't give you enough control" As if you can ever CONTROL a horse! The horse is trained to give in to pressure. If he can be trained to respond to pressure in his mouth he can certainly be trained to give into pressure on his nose. Whitney is not an easy horse to ride. She likes to bolt and try to take off and sometimes rears and bucks. Definitely wouldn't put a kid on her. If she can work in a bitless, any horse can.
         
        03-26-2008, 12:30 PM
      #19
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by kitten_Val
    He-he. Thanks, Chicalove! In fact I tried something like that on my qh (got on ebay). She figured out right away how to get advantage of that and keep grazing. Lol!
    Keep grazing? Like she would stick her head down and you couldn't get it back up or when you let her eat she had an easier time?
         
        03-26-2008, 01:08 PM
      #20
    Showing
    No, like when she pulls her head down and I can't get it back. She's VERY head/neck strong.
         

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