Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
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.
Hey there, I'm actually interested in purchasing or making my own bitless figure 8 bridle, but couldn't find any on the website you linked, bitlessbridle.com. Are you sure that's where you found them?
(I realize this is an old thread, but it's one of the first hits on Google when searching for a bitless figure 8 bridle.)