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post #1 of 23 Old 06-10-2010, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Bitless Riders! A few Questions :)

So I'm considering switching to bitless and was wondering if any other forum members ride bitless. If so please share your story! What type of bridle eo you use? Why did you switch? Pros? Cons?

Lets hear your stories and please feel free to post pictures!

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post #2 of 23 Old 06-10-2010, 05:39 PM
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I use a biothane Nurtral brand Bitless bridle. I tried the Dr Cooks and just didn't care for how "loose" the cross-under straps were. They would pull off center easily and turn the noseband.

I like the Nurtural bridle. It's good quality, my mare goes well in it for trails and lessons, and I don't have to worry about beginners yanking her mouth. I have used my bitless on a few other horses. Only one didn't go well in it, and at the time, he needed a uxter kimberwick with reins on the bottom slot... He was an ex-western horse that was always ridden in a curb bit. He just completely ignored the bitless, lol. Now that he goes in a full cheek snaffle, he can be ridden in a bitless, though he goes better in his bit.

If a horse goes well in a simple snaffle (o-ring/loose ring, d-ring, egg butt, etc.) or other bitsless bridle (side-pull or halter), then a cross-under style bitless will work great. If your horse goes in a curb or shanked bit, or a mechanical hackamore, then you'll need to work on some ground and saddle training to get him to respond to a cross-under bitless.

I have attached two pictures of my mare giving a lesson in her bitless bridle. The first is an adult who had never ridden English before. The second is a young girl in her 5th lesson. Bridgette, the horse, also goes western.
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I had a horse and rode her in a mechanical hackamore but then found out if you have them too low on their nose you can fracture it. I actually sold that hackamore afterwards. I would consider natural bridle in my opinion. I can ride my horse with just a halter and a lead rope or I can ride with a bit.
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post #4 of 23 Old 06-10-2010, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the reply! That is what I've herd others say re the Natural vs the Dr Cook's.

My mare goes fine in a hakamore and a rope halter, but has been ridden soley in a d-snaffle for the last three months (also very well, very light) neatly a sliding stop with no contact etc.

How is the control level in an emergency? Say if the horse were to bolt?

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I had a horse and rode her in a mechanical hackamore but then found out if you have them too low on their nose you can fracture it. I actually sold that hackamore afterwards. I would consider natural bridle in my opinion. I can ride my horse with just a halter and a lead rope or I can ride with a bit.

I don't use a mechanical hack anymore for that very reason. My mare will go in a halter, but I prefer the look of an actual bridle.

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post #6 of 23 Old 06-10-2010, 05:56 PM
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I never had a horse bolt on me while riding in a hackamore. She was a calm little thing. Since you are not using a mechanical hackamore you won't be possibly fracturing their nose. I was curious if an emergency pulley rein stop would work...I think that's what it is called
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How is the control level in an emergency? Say if the horse were to bolt?
Well, I use(d) a hackamore on Ice, and the control is actually very good. He's bolted on me twice, the first time I was able to bring him to a halt in under a minute, the second time I lost my reins, but I'm sure I would have been able to halt him that time as well.

I've looked at the Nutural bridle and I like it also, but not the price, lol.
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I'm pretty sure it would work on my mare. I've spent a lot of time practicing he one rein stop (bending their head around to disengage their hine end) and have it solid at all gaits and bending in either direction. Solid stop with just my seat etc.

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Well, I use(d) a hackamore on Ice, and the control is actually very good. He's bolted on me twice, the first time I was able to bring him to a halt in under a minute, the second time I lost my reins, but I'm sure I would have been able to halt him that time as well.

I've looked at the Nutural bridle and I like it also, but not the price, lol.
What kind of hackamore were you using?

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What kind of hackamore were you using?
Just a regular English mechanical hackamore; you can see it on Ice in this picture. I honestly hate that particular design, as soon as I have the cash I plan on purchasing a regular western hackamore, like this.
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