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post #1 of 10 Old 11-19-2012, 08:04 AM Thread Starter
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bit to bittless

I was thinking of riding in a bosel or some kind of bitless bridel. I ride in a snaffle but the more I think of the bitless the more its appealing to me. Whats some of your thoughts, never have thought of this before:
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-19-2012, 08:26 AM
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I use to ride bitless all the time. I loved my bosel (read NOT a hackamore)! I mostly did trail riding in it. I didn't use it because I'm some "OMG bits are so crueelllll" type person. I used it because I liked it and how my horse responded to it at the time.

Nothing wrong with trying it out and see where it leads you and if your horse likes it.
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Errrrr "Bosal" ... I shouldn't post before I've had my coffee quota for the day.
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post #4 of 10 Old 11-19-2012, 10:03 AM
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I rode for about 3 years using a rope halter. For a lot of horses, it is a very good solution. For my mare, it was not. It is easier to communicate with a horse using a bit. Mia is a spooky horse who needs constant assurance from her rider, and I couldn't give her what she needed to be calm using a rope halter. My Appy gelding doesn't mind a bit, but he will ride fine bitless as well.

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post #5 of 10 Old 11-19-2012, 10:16 AM
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My personal bitless favorite is the 'indian hackamore' it's neither Indian, nor a Hackamore :P but it works great!! I haven't found a horse who doesn't respond really well to it yet. I recently rode a draft at our lesson barn in it, she's always been very heavy on the bit and tough to turn or stop. In this bitless she was perfect.

It's got a rope nose band that attaches to any headstall, with side knots (you can get one with nose knots too but I don't like those) the ropes criss cross under the chin for the reins to attach too (I find it best to use really light reins). It comes with either rope loops or metal loops for the rope the rein attaches to, to run through. I find the ones with metal loops is better than with rope loops that way the reins slide through easier and give a more immediate 'release of pressure'. I found the material to be a little rough on my mare's soft nose so I wrapped it in fleece and it's still just as great! It comes in other materials too I just made the wrong choice.

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post #6 of 10 Old 11-19-2012, 10:22 AM
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My personal bitless favorite is the 'indian hackamore' it's neither Indian, nor a Hackamore :P but it works great!! I haven't found a horse who doesn't respond really well to it yet. I recently rode a draft at our lesson barn in it, she's always been very heavy on the bit and tough to turn or stop. In this bitless she was perfect.

It's got a rope nose band that attaches to any headstall, with side knots (you can get one with nose knots too but I don't like those) the ropes criss cross under the chin for the reins to attach too (I find it best to use really light reins). It comes with either rope loops or metal loops for the rope the rein attaches to, to run through. I find the ones with metal loops is better than with rope loops that way the reins slide through easier and give a more immediate 'release of pressure'. I found the material to be a little rough on my mare's soft nose so I wrapped it in fleece and it's still just as great! It comes in other materials too I just made the wrong choice.

I really like this. I haven't seen one of these before. I'm going to poke around a little and find out more info! Thank you :)
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post #7 of 10 Old 11-19-2012, 10:28 AM
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I got mine for about $15 on ebay :P
I really like it. I've also seen others that are just rope nosebands with rings on the side to clip reins onto - I like them alot, but with my particular horses I need the extra 'oomph' of the cross under in case of emergency brakes xD
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I rode my mare for 3yrs. With just a rope halter, she was 3 when I got her and extremely spooky! I did alot of work with her in the round pen, I wanted to make sure I had the whoa good. The first year or more she would spook and spin but always stopped for me. Now I use a nutural biteless bridle but sometimes just her halter.....she's now 10 and isn't the spooky, insecure little girl I started with......I love riding without a bite, especially in the winter.

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I bought one similar to this months ago without really knowing what it was (it was labeled simply as a 'bitless bridle') and I thought 'what they heck, lets try it out' because my mare had sores in her mouth (uncle bought seeded hay before I could stop him) My older mare ended up working much, much better in it that in the bits that I tried working with her in - my uncles difficult ex-racer loved it as well - wish I could say the same for my four year old filly but she gets absolutely petrified when I ride without a bit regardless of it being in one of her halters or the bitless I bought. She just panics and spins in circles trying to hide behind me. It's definitely something that I need to teach her into but I would definitely recommend one to anyone interested in at least trying bitless on their horses. Mine was a very soft woven material that stretched under stress as well as had the crossing under reins. It sat just about where a proper fitted halter sat, as well, and cost about $15 on sale and around $40 full price for the one I bought (with s&h in the 40). If nothing else it makes for a nice halter when you need something quick and (like me) misplace the real halters.
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My personal bitless favorite is the 'indian hackamore' it's neither Indian, nor a Hackamore :P but it works great!! I haven't found a horse who doesn't respond really well to it yet. I recently rode a draft at our lesson barn in it, she's always been very heavy on the bit and tough to turn or stop. In this bitless she was perfect.

It's got a rope nose band that attaches to any headstall, with side knots (you can get one with nose knots too but I don't like those) the ropes criss cross under the chin for the reins to attach too (I find it best to use really light reins). It comes with either rope loops or metal loops for the rope the rein attaches to, to run through. I find the ones with metal loops is better than with rope loops that way the reins slide through easier and give a more immediate 'release of pressure'. I found the material to be a little rough on my mare's soft nose so I wrapped it in fleece and it's still just as great! It comes in other materials too I just made the wrong choice.

I custom make and sell these and various other bitless tack pieces to suit your needs and in the colors you want. PM me if you're interested and want more info :)
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