Join Date: May 2012
Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands
I don't have this bridle, but I do have the Nurtural, both the pretty leather one and the synthetic one, and I have read some reviews on the biothane bridle. What I have heard, is that it slips very easily (the Nurtural won't because of the rubber inlay in the noseband) and the release is insufficient (same goes for the synthetic Nurtural, the material just isn't perfect). I also got a remake of the Dr. Cook bridle, with round-sewed cheek straps. My horse goes great in both that one and the leather Nurtural, only the communication is just a bit more precise in the Nurtural because the cheek straps won't interfere with each other. I'd swear by this bridle any time. You can ride in it just as you would with a bit and the horse gets the hang really soon. I bought it, lunged my horse in it with running sidereins a few times, got up on him, rode away and never used a bit again.
With this bridle I've also finally managed to ride my horse alone through the neighbourhood (he reacts violently to a bit, will throw up his head and bolt back to the barn), and even the one time he got seriously scared and bolted, I let him go for about 20 meters as to not pull on him right away and give him reason to fight me, then gently pulled him back up with no problem whatsoever.
IMO the Nurtural (and any cross-over cheek strap bridle) is great for more specific riding like dressage because the cueing is a bit more advanced. For just some strolling around or trail riding, I think a sidepull or rope halter would work just as well (I tried them all on my horse but found the possible communication to be lacking for dressage).