Originally Posted by maura
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.