Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
"can you do everything with those bridles that you can do with a bridle with a bit?"
Well, you cannot on my horse. A bit allows more subtle communication than a bitless bridle. If all you need is "turn left" or "stop" from a well behaved horse, they are fine. If you want to be able to play around with the reins to help calm a nervous horse, or want to say "don't move your front feet quite so far", then bitless won't work.
Bitless can also have problems with stopping a panicked horse. Lots of folks don't have to worry about that, but if you do...
... 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)