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post #1 of 15 Old 01-04-2013, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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Bitless Bridle?

Hi, I'm thinking about starting my horse in a bitless bridle. I was owndering what the difference of an english hackamore and a Dr. Cooks bitless bridle? Or any other good bitless bridles that work well with a young horse. Thanks! nicfish

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post #2 of 15 Old 01-04-2013, 02:16 PM
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A rope halter or a little s hackamore is a heck of a lot cheaper and has the same effect IMO.

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post #3 of 15 Old 01-04-2013, 02:23 PM
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really any thing would work but we usally just use a halter to do it but its your chose
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post #4 of 15 Old 01-04-2013, 03:18 PM
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I have been interested in getting a bitless bridle too. Rope halters were definitely not designed to ride in, and slip around and pull up to their eyes. That's not to say I haven't done it, but it seems like a bitless bridle or hackamore would provide clearer communication.
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I use an aeron mack riding halter.

It doesn't ride up on the horses face, but it is built like a rope halter, but with rings on the bottom/sides that act like the shanks of a hackamore.
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I really only ride in a little s hack or a snaffle. I really don't have a use for "bigger" bits. Occasionally I will use a short shanked bit with a broken mouth piece and/or a small gag action such as a jr cow horse or an argentine snaffle, but that's about it.

IMO, a little s hack is the way to go. I also like the Jim Warner hack, but I don't own one.

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post #7 of 15 Old 01-04-2013, 05:58 PM
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My mare is going to be 11, I got her at 3 and she was trained with a bite.....I worked with her in the round pen with just her halter and she responded excellent! I rode her 3yrs. with just the halter on trail rides and I did finally get a biteless bridle which I have been using the last couple of years. A biteless bridle gives pressure on certain spots like a rope halter does......

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post #8 of 15 Old 01-04-2013, 06:12 PM
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Bit less bridle for sale

I have a dr. Cooks bit less bridle for,sale if anyone is interested....I liked,it but just don't use it is black and in excellent shape...

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post #9 of 15 Old 01-04-2013, 08:12 PM
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I love the Dr. Cook bitless bridle! The bitless bridle is much easier to transition a horse into from a regular bitted bridle than a halter, plus the bitless gives more control because of the "squeezing" action. I teach a lot of beginner riders and I switched all my lesson horses to the bitless. It still provides riders with control, but relieves the horses of punishing novice hands.

I have tried a few other brands of bitless and hackamores, but Dr. Cook's is my favorite. Great customer service from the company too!
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For just getting a young horse started under saddle, I would want the simplest option available. After all, you wouldn't start a horse in a curb bit (nobody with any sense anyway), so why would you start a horse in a bitless bridle that has a dozen pressure points like those Dr Cooks types or any kind of mechanical hack (which includes a little s)?

I would go with something like a leather nose sidepull bridle if it was me. That is the bitless equivalent to a simple snaffle bit. Mild, clear cues, immediate release of pressure, etc.

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