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  • Grand prix bitless dressage

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    11-25-2011, 01:18 PM
  #1
Weanling
Speaking of bitless...

Grand Prix dressage test done in a grooming halter anyone??

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I can't wait to see the test when it's up loaded!
     
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    11-25-2011, 02:37 PM
  #2
Started
Oh wow! That's pretty cool!
     
    11-25-2011, 05:21 PM
  #3
Started
Sounds interesting be cool to see.
     
    11-25-2011, 05:26 PM
  #4
Trained
Wow! I think my dressage gelding would short circuit. Can't wait to see!
     
    11-25-2011, 06:04 PM
  #5
Banned
That would be nice to see. The amount of flack I get for riding bitless is frustrating. But those who like to criticize it, I guess just don't understand it.
     
    11-25-2011, 06:08 PM
  #6
Showing
Doesn't Klaus Hempfling do dressage bareback with not even a neck rope?
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    11-25-2011, 07:46 PM
  #7
Banned
Confuscius -

I have no problem with bitless whatsoever. I have had a couple horses who went better that way. I'm also not one of those people who believe that there's some magical controlling properties in a bit; it's all training and pressure/ release. If your horse responds better to pressure on a different spot of its anatomy, so what?

However, there are some bitless zealots (some on this forum) who take their passion too far and allege no only that bitless is a good alternative, but that bits are somehow cruel and riding with one is de facto abusive. Oh, and that horseman who insist on using them are uneducated. This very agressive stance tends to alienate more people than it persuades, IMO.

Can't wait to see the bridleless video.
     
    11-26-2011, 02:10 AM
  #8
Started
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Originally Posted by maura    
Confuscius -

I have no problem with bitless whatsoever. I have had a couple horses who went better that way. I'm also not one of those people who believe that there's some magical controlling properties in a bit; it's all training and pressure/ release. If your horse responds better to pressure on a different spot of its anatomy, so what?

However, there are some bitless zealots (some on this forum) who take their passion too far and allege no only that bitless is a good alternative, but that bits are somehow cruel and riding with one is de facto abusive. Oh, and that horseman who insist on using them are uneducated. This very agressive stance tends to alienate more people than it persuades, IMO.

Can't wait to see the bridleless video.
Agreed, in the right hands the bit isnt actually cruel. However, when I ride bitless because it gives me a good feeling not putting a metal thing in my horses mouth. Yes, the horses are used to it, but still, even the small annoying things that you get used to, say a necklace that always gives you a a gentle poke. I am not saying I don't use bits, I ride in one usually for dressage, or when we are going new places, or if she just feeling jittery.
     
    11-26-2011, 04:58 PM
  #9
Weanling
I think is was done as extreme example that to perform a Grand Prix dressage test, a double bridle isn't really need. Although rules state you must use one. It could have been just a snaffle but, it was done in a grooming halter.

I ride with bit all the time (I've only had one horse I could ride safe in just a halter and lead...an OTTB) and I have no issues with people using bits, no bits, halters or jedi powers. If it works for you, you shouldn't have explain yourself to someone that thinks other wise.

As the saying goes "each to his own"
     
    11-27-2011, 02:16 PM
  #10
Started
I think it is odd how you aren't allowed to use like a snaffle bridle in Grand Prix tests, I mean it is simpler, if the rider can control the horse in a simpler bridle, shouldn't that be allowed? Maybe they will be at an disadvantage, but so what, it should be the riders choice.. Seems like a strange rule the say you must use this kind of bridle.
     

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