Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
I don't like the cross-under design. The ones I've tried - not this brand - don't give a release when you ease off on the reins.
For bitless, I prefer a sidepull halter. However, I've switched to using bits because it allows for more subtle communication with the horse. There are also times I WANT to tip the nose in, and I can't do that with a bitless bridle.
I'm not saying bitless is wrong. I rode bitless for 3 years. But neither is it wrong to use a bit. A lot depends on your horse & what you want to achieve with it.
My mare hadn't been ridden with a bit, so it took some time to teach her. Now that she is used to it, she performs better with a bit than without. YMMV. BTW - bits are also "painless and effective" when used correctly, and bitless can be harsh if used wrong. It is the USE that is painful or painless, depending on the rider - not the bit or bridle.
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)
Last edited by bsms; 04-27-2012 at 10:25 AM.