Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
I wanted to work with a bitless bridle as well, but my trainer talked me out of it.
Before I start in on your questions, I have a few of my own:
-why do you want a bitless bridle? Does your horse evade the bit as is right now?
-what kind of bitless bridle are you looking at? There are hackamores, side-pulls, and the figure-8 bitless bridles (like at bitlessbridle.com).. can you please specify this?
-do you ride with your hands or legs, mostly?
-are there any aggressive riders that ride your horse?
Now your questions:
1) I do alot of showing/dressage work, how will the bridle afect his head carriage?
bitless bridles are not allowed in competition. You must use a standard snaffle, as indicated in international rule books
2) what types of competition is it allowed in Australia?
I'm not sure about Australia, but in Canada, you must use a bit in most types of competition, save jumper circuits. Check your local Equestrian Club for rulebooks for the different disciplines.
3) what is the best type/brand?
If you want to do any type of competition, try a hackamore, rather than a side-pull or figure-8. Some disciplines require you to use a bit. Again, check with your local riding club, or equestrian federation. Also, check your local tack store for price comparison.
4) price range? see above.
I hope this helps! If you can answer my questions, I'd be better able to help you.
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