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post #11 of 23 Old 02-01-2012, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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Alright, well seems like I have to look around quite a bit at different ones but thank you for all your tips and help everyone! :) Ive heard a lot of good things about the lightrider but I havent heard much about the others so Ill have to take a look into those ones before choosing. My only problem is the local tack stores dont carry any so Id have to order online that is why I would like as much help as possible so that I know what I could be getting into.
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post #12 of 23 Old 02-01-2012, 11:57 PM
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Herm Sprenger Short Shank Hackamore | Dover Saddlery

English Hackamore - Hackamores from SmartPak Equine

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post #13 of 23 Old 03-11-2012, 06:12 PM
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From my personal experience...

My horse HATED the Dr Cook's bitless bridle. It made him ANGRY and I had to emergency dismount in the arena. However, I've discovered that he loves the S hackamore. Go figure.

There's many horses at my barn that actively work in a hackamore, and many more than CAN work in a hackamore but their owners are....too cowardly to give it a go. I've done it without incident, though.

It's one of those "it depends" type of things. I think that most horses could eventually go in some kind of hackamore - some will need more training with it than others. Some types will work better than others. I suggest trying to buy one used, and buying one without a bridle, to cut down your costs.
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post #14 of 23 Old 03-11-2012, 08:52 PM
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This thread was posted at the perfect time! My horse will be 3 in August, and I really want to use a bitless bridle on her. We've noticed she has a white line on either side of her jaw- if you were to pull her lips back (like if she had a bit in her mouth) that's where the lines are. I've wondered if this could be some kind of scarring from having someone be rough on her with a bit. I haven't ridden her except for when I tried her out (I've only had her a month), and I'm working with her as though she hasn't been broke.

I didn't mean to hijack this thread at all, I'm just thrilled, because I was going to make my first post to the site about this exact topic, so thanks!
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post #15 of 23 Old 03-11-2012, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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No worries at all, highjack the thread all you want haha
My plans for a horse havent worked out to much yet so I dunno what Im doing yet really....
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post #16 of 23 Old 03-11-2012, 10:20 PM
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Hey ladies,

I just ordered a bitless bridle/halter combo *with side pull and knots* from and it's actually done amazing results in just two uses. Cerra can be pushy but is rather easy to put in her place... Bailey, on the other hand -- if she doesn't wanna do something, it's a standoff until she gives in to the pressure. Using this new combo as the halter (clip both loops to the lead rope) has been so effective with her! She refused a few times, but gave up after that. You'd think that she didn't have a mule's attitude... LOL! I bought from Knot Just Rope in Ohio, and she sent instructions plus an e-mail to forward my feedback.

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post #17 of 23 Old 03-11-2012, 10:33 PM
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Thanks ButterfliEterna, I'm definitely going to check that one out. Like daaybreak said, my tack stores don't sell any bitless bridles either, so it's great to see what people have liked and tried. I'm glad to hear some feedback about the Dr. Cook's bridles, because I was leaning towards that one before. Now though, it sounds like my Shiloh won't like it too much.
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post #18 of 23 Old 03-12-2012, 12:31 AM
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My quarter/appy loved Dr. Cook's bitless. I did everything in that bridle: hack, jump, and school dressage. When I bought it I could only afford the nylon version but it's super easy to clean and take care of though so that is always a plus. I was lucky because I had the opportunity to ride in my trainer's before I had to make the purchase so I knew my horse would like it. I haven't tried it on my new horse yet (an ottb) but reading this thread has made me want to give it a go!

I hope you find something you and your horse like.
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post #19 of 23 Old 03-12-2012, 03:01 AM
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Here is one that I made myself to try, it has worked well on horses. cheap too
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post #20 of 23 Old 03-12-2012, 09:41 AM
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I just got a sidepull to try on my boy. He has an unknown background and was very headshy when I got him and terrified of having his mouth or ears messed with. I thought he might be a candidate to give one a go if he's had a bad experience with a bit... he had sores on his mouth when he arrived. He has taken well to it in the last month since we started ground driving and longing and has the cues down so we'll see how it goes when I get on him for the first time. I like the idea of bitless, when I was a kid my favorite thing to do was relax and ride out on the trails bareback with just a halter and lead rope when I needed a break from all the stuffy training.
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