I don't use bits, and my horses are trained to were I don't need them even for my guest.
I get strange looks and questions when people come to ride who ride and they don't see bits.
I also don't use shoes. I'm pretty much natural here and simple.
Please don't get wrong, Bits have their place the same as shoes do.
And I teach riding with the horse and it's natural rhythm of it's gate.
I've taught riders from around the world who come here, from professional yo to the kids I work with.
You may see more photos on facebook/brucsewalker
I also give my horses massages, work on stress and pressure relief with hands on.
I'm still learning a lot and looking to share information with others who do this.
I'm not a professional, it just seems to come natural and I research.
If any one has any experience with this, please let me know.
Yes I can also through a rope over their neck to ride or just make a make shift halter from a lead rope and ride.
Ride to be free, be free to ride. :)