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post #11 of 16 Old 11-02-2011, 06:46 PM
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Check the teeth first. And, if your horse doesn't need a tom thumb bit, maybe is unhappy in it, or overreacts to it, or doesn't like it, like yours, make sure their teeth are floated, AND change the bit, or even better go bitless! See if you can borrow some bits/a bitless bridle from some friends, so you dont end up spending hundreds of dollars trying out types! I recommend the LightRider Bitless Bridle, but have heard of success with the Dr.Cook bridle. The most effective bitless bridle I have found is most defiantly a rope halter. You can buy special ones with reins to. So if you are just a pleasure/trail rider, I would recommend a rope bridle, but if you go to competitions, or just want it to look a bit neater, you may want a actual bitless BRIDLE. With a choice between a bit and bitless on a pleasure horse, I go bitless. On a show horse where they are not allowed, a bit. My girl, Casey, is both a trail and show horse, and she can get excitable in the ring because she is still green in the ring, so I do need to use my rein sometimes, rather than my body, and then when she is about bolt, I find the bit more helpfull Oh and, she was broken on the trail, thats why she is green in the ring, but fine on the trail. When I trailride, I ride her bitless, when I ride her in the ring, I ride her in the bit. Sorry for a bit of a rant

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post #13 of 16 Old 11-03-2011, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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Wow I can't believe I forgot about checking his teeth! :s well I'm going to have the vet out soon to do his rabies and all that great stuff so I'll have to ask about that. Thanks guys for the opinions! For now I guess I'll just stick to riding him in the halter and lead til I have the vet out and then I'll work on narrowing down my bits and go from there and see if it makes a difference!
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post #14 of 16 Old 11-03-2011, 02:47 AM
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I've always been able to find a bit that works for any of the horses I've ridden - but I know some people that do quite well without one. I say, if your horse listens bitless, go ahead and ride that way. Unless your horse is really well trail-broke though, I'd say always use a bit on the trail. I was out for a road ride with a younger rider a couple of weeks ago, and she showed up with her pony's reins on the noseband - her own "bitless bridle". Her pony bolted all over the place.

Make sure that whatever option you go with is safe for the environment you're riding in.
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post #15 of 16 Old 11-03-2011, 10:13 AM
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I tried my mare in a bitless bridle and hated it! But then I tried one of my older geldings in one and he did great. It all depends on the horse, the rider and what you are doing. Some horses respond great and some don't. My recommendation is to try one but make sure you get it from somewhere with a money back guarantee!
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post #16 of 16 Old 11-03-2011, 12:37 PM
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Bitless Riding

I like Missy Wryns bitless horsemanship training and her bridle. I read an article by her in a horse mag that made sense so I bought her dvd set and bitless bridle. Bitless horsemanship is all she focuses on from starting horses to transitioning older horses from bit to bitless, and dangerous horses is her specialty which got my attention. Her videos demonstrate a safe way to ride bitless and she advocates health and wellness basics from hoof to brain. I've learned stuff that I apply in everyday with my horses and people too, basic psychology stuff I never thought of that works like magic but is so simple and easy. I'm a better person as well as a better horse person to my horses from her lessons. Her website is and she answers email personally, very nice and approachable, plus lots of YouTube videos on her site too. I hope this helps.
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