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        10-11-2013, 07:44 PM
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    One can't have good hands until one has an independent seat.
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        10-11-2013, 08:46 PM
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    This looks like a help. Im thinking of ordering one for my sisters birthday
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        10-11-2013, 08:49 PM
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    Dr. Cook's bitless bridle. That's probably cheating from a trainer's point of view though.
         
        10-11-2013, 08:52 PM
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    Be careful with Dr. Cook's: some horses have been known to abhor them. From what I've read, the crossing reins under the jaws don't offer a quick enough & clear enough release.
         
        10-11-2013, 09:03 PM
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    Be careful with Dr. Cook's: some horses have been known to abhor them. From what I've read, the crossing reins under the jaws don't offer a quick enough & clear enough release.
    Mine were trained to them before I got them. Do often have to shake it out to loosen the squeeze on my big guy. I bet you could get into trouble with the bitless if the horse wasn't trained to it/didn't like it. They do keep their mouths soft for inexperienced or unbalanced riders (ashamedly like myself).
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        10-11-2013, 09:04 PM
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    One can't have good hands until one has an independent seat.
    OMGosh totally sounds like my trainer!!
         
        10-12-2013, 12:54 PM
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    One can't have good hands until one has an independent seat.
    Absolutely true. A child, in most cases does not have the physical maturity and/or balance to have an independent seat - so you do the best you can to spare the horse's mouth while the child grows and is able to do so.
         

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