I tried riding my horse in a lead and halter...DID NOT WORK!
She was trained to work in a snaffle or curb bit. She works with both. Some horses don't like bitless bridles and therefore they don't respond to them and some don't like bits but a person has to listen to their horse and figure what works best for them.There are extremely harsh bits and gentle bits.
I have my horse in an eggbutt I believe..haven't checked as I switch them out every so often but before she was in a curb bit and did not like the snaffle. Lately she has learned to flex at the poll WHICH I am very proud of my stubborn mare =D
Hackamores/bitless can hurt the nose of the horse if you do not have it properly fitted and can actually break the horses nose if you apply an extreme amount of pressure and sometimes people aren't aware of it.
OP,we are not trying to run you off of your thread. I am curious to why you have not responded to any of the replies you have recieved and hope we did not scare you away.
That first video has been seen by many. I use to be a veggie and use to watch peta videos but when I was a vegetarian I would have ignored this video as I find it too extreme and they are just wanting the horses to be set free...not everyone can ride bridleless :P ;)..I just feel that's what they would prefer as a bitless still has control and the nose is very sensitive just like the mouth is.
I have to admitt sometimes I am heavy on the reins and sometimes I am not. I am learning. But I also want to say I'm not an amy westfall :)