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post #1 of 8 Old 06-21-2012, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Crossover bitless bridle - Dr. Cook or Nurtural?

I'm getting ready to start training my 4 yr old mare to saddle and bridle and after reading up and knowing she is very sensitive with her mouth, I've decided to go with a crossover bitless bridle. Does anyone have any experience with either the Dr. Cook or Nurtural bitless bridles and any pros/cons to them...any preferences for either brand and why?
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-22-2012, 09:14 AM
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I just got a leather Natural crossover bitless. I love it to death! I had been riding my boy in a nylon halter, and wanted something that looked nice, and offered a bit more control if needed. It took a few days for him to get used to it, and I had to get him used to the different feel of pressure than what you get from a halter, but its working great now. He is so much more responsive.
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-22-2012, 11:28 AM
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I got a Dr. Cooks crossunder bb for christmas to start my 4yo mare. She did great with it. It takes her a little to get used to it, but after a few adjustments she's happy and goes along well. I love it. She still prefers a rope halter believe it or not, maybe too much pressure around her head. It definitely takes some getting used to. :)

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post #4 of 8 Old 06-23-2012, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks both for the feedback! Guess I'll flip a coin and give one a shot. lol I may just try the rope halter or maybe a side pull as well. She's very responsive and gives to gentle pressure, so she might also find the whole head pressure a little much.
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post #5 of 8 Old 06-24-2012, 07:37 PM
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If she's already very sensitive, you might be better off going with a side pull, which is gentler and less confusing.
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-25-2012, 11:39 AM
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I have the freedom bridle from Moss Rock Endurance and I really like it. We started with the combo configuration.

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post #7 of 8 Old 10-17-2012, 03:12 PM
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Definitely Nurtural Bitless Bridle :) They are good quality and I really love mine, would not change it for anything else.
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post #8 of 8 Old 10-17-2012, 03:26 PM
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I like to work on the ground with abit, when teaching them walking, trotting and the whoa, but when it comes to saddle work i move to a sidepull . Its really good for teaches a western horse to neck rein as well..

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