Originally Posted by darkelb
...I have yet to see a horse run away in a bitless bridle...
I have. Been there, done that, more than once. Rope sidepull halter. Bolting ad nauseum. My mare relaxes more in a curb bit than a snaffle, and more in a snaffle than a rope halter. Haven't tried Dr Cook's because I've read his stuff and think he is a nut. I also think my mare would go ballistic in a design that wraps around her face.
"The bit method’s primary fault is that, except in the hands of a master horseman with an unshakably independent seat, the bit causes pain. ‘Good hands’ depends on having little or no pressure on the bit. As the horse’s mouth is one of the most sensitive parts of its anatomy, even the slightest pressure (the weight of the bit and the attached reins) can cause intense pain. Think of the pain of badly fitting dentures or the irritation from a particle of food that lodges in your mouth