Originally Posted by ConfusciusWasAGreatTeachr
I'm a bitless freak
(but not the leverage mechanical hackamore ones) I think any horse would much prefer the same light amount of pressure applied to the nose rather than the mouth. No matter what you use, the goal is to continue to get 'less is more' by being soft, soft, soft every time.
My bits are now proudly hung up as decoration in my kitchen.
ROFL, no kidding
Its funny, really... how the goal (hopefully) that horseriders have with bit or bitless is they want the horse responding with the softest touch.
I've ridden horses back from the field in a headcollar, don't get me wrong, but I prefer having a bit in a mouth with Duffy, I have a nice big french link which she slobbers all over, but I don't think at this point in our training I could pop a halter on and not have a problem o.0
But, to OP, if it works, why fix it? Your horse obviously seems to respond better to your aids. I would question, however, why the horse didn't enjoy the bit- does he need his teeth checking out? Even with a bitless bridle teeth can cause sores, there was a pretty gross thread about it.