which is better? Dr Cooks bitless bridle or NURTURAL BITLESS BRIDLE?? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 17 Old 03-10-2012, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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which is better? Dr Cooks bitless bridle or NURTURAL BITLESS BRIDLE??

I was looking at getting a new Dr cooks bitless but then saw the nurtural bitless. Anyone tried both? And which one did u prefer? As I'm not sure which would be better now!

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post #2 of 17 Old 03-10-2012, 10:34 PM
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I have tried three different bitless bridles, and I always go back to the Dr Cook's bridles. I like how a horse handles in them, though they can learn to bully through them eventually.

They are fantastic for starting youngsters and retraining problem horses.
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I've studied the videos on the bitless bridles, all models, and a common issue is that the horse sticks his nose out, which hollows the back. It is difficult to get collection when there is a vise like hold on the horse's nose. At least with a snaffle and quiet hands the horse can tip his chin back to release bit pressure. And he can round nicely. I wasn't seeing that with these bridle. They aren't really bridles but redesigned halters.
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I heard that to. You can't give a very good release for training.
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jumanji I'd noticed that too. Even with a loose rein the pressure doesn't back off like it should. At least with a side pull there can be a release of pressure.
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I just realized something about the Dr. Cooks. If one had a halter with an adjustable nose band then a single piece of 1/2" yacht rope could be crisscrossed in the same fashion. By using a continuous piece of rope the weight of the metal rings are eliminated. Perhaps then the horse would get the release. Hmm, I think I'll try that, weather permitting. I'll take pics then someone who is smarter than I can tell me how to download them here. Drat, rain tomorrow.
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post #7 of 17 Old 03-17-2012, 05:22 PM
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Any other opinions on this? I have to order a bitless bridle within the next few days and don't know which one to get.
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I had a Dr Cooks that I was very happy with until I retrained my gelding to accept a bit happily at which point I went back to using a snaffle. Anyway, haven't heard of the other one but the Dr Cooks worked well for me.
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You might try a side pull. They are often considerably cheaper. Both bridles, Dr Cook and Nurtural have web sites. Look for something on youtube as well and it might help you decide.
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My only experience is with Dr. Cooks. I do like it all though some horses do tend to learn to pull right through it and not stop.

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