I've been thinking about trying the Dr. Cook's Bitless Bridle and asking around about it. But no one I know uses one...as some of you already know, I have a new horse (just got her 9 weeks ago), a 7-yr old green broke buckskin Paint mare. She's VERY sweet and laid back, but lately she's taken to spooking at random things (all visual, loud noises don't bother her at all)...and she'll bolt when she does it!
She even threw me off one day -- she's got me so scared/nervous that now when I ride her my heart races and I know that just makes her more nervous and spooky!! I read on Dr Cook's site that the bitless bridle can help with spooking, since bits cause a certain amount of discomfort/pain for some horses, which just freaks the horse out more. But of course the skeptic in me is just thinking " yeah well he could have just made that up to sell product, how can he prove that really?"
I'd like to give it a try, she chomps on the bit constantly and all I have in her mouth is an eggbutt snaffle, and I'm very soft in my hands as well. But it's almost like she's so preoccupied with the bit that she stops paying attention to me sometimes. I want to try the bitless but am scared that if she decides to spook/bolt she's going to run like mad and I won't have any control without the bit in her mouth...has anyone had a spooky horse who was helped by a bitless??