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post #1 of 25 Old 10-22-2007, 04:55 AM Thread Starter
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i want to go bitless. some advice needed

ive decided i want to get my girl going in a bitless bridle as i hate bits grrr ive always wanted to ride bitless but all my horses in the past have been kinda hard on the mouth or, i havent been soft enough in my hands to ride bitless.

things have changed these days and my mare is soooo soft in the mouth its not funny and ive learnt since my old horses to be very soft with my hands as well.

the one thing i worry about is that ive heard that hackemores etc can be very harsh in themselves just in a different way. is this true? what is the best way to go when making the transition? i dont want to go buying anything yet until i do my research.

i can ride her fine in halter and lead rope and she will even come down nicely. so im guessing she will be fine not having the bit but im just worried about all the people telling me bitless bridles can be just as harsh in some ways.

any help/suggestions would be appreciated :)

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post #2 of 25 Old 10-22-2007, 12:46 PM
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You could do some research on the bitless bridle. Or maybe you could try a bosal. I actually would love to get one for my horse. I would warn you about mechanical hackamores. I would never use one on any horse. In my opinion, a TRUE hackamore is one that is made out of rope or rawhide....nothing metal at all.
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post #3 of 25 Old 10-22-2007, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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You could do some research on the bitless bridle. Or maybe you could try a bosal. I actually would love to get one for my horse. I would warn you about mechanical hackamores. I would never use one on any horse. In my opinion, a TRUE hackamore is one that is made out of rope or rawhide....nothing metal at all.
yeah not into mechanicals at all. ill look up the bosal :) thank you

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post #4 of 25 Old 10-22-2007, 08:35 PM
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here's a website all about the bitless bridle, which is not a hackamore.
http://www.bitlessbridle.com/
My boyfriend and I were looking into this, but never got it. I think because we were so preoccupied with just getting them, and life in general. I hope this helps
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here's a website all about the bitless bridle, which is not a hackamore.
http://www.bitlessbridle.com/
My boyfriend and I were looking into this, but never got it. I think because we were so preoccupied with just getting them, and life in general. I hope this helps
hey thanks :) i had a look and it doesnt look too bad.

i also found another site which had a good looking no bit bridle
www.nobitbridles.com

anyone who wants have a look and tell me what you think :)[/url]

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it seems a lot like the bitless bridle that i almost got. It looks really nice and the website is very informative. If i lived in Australia, I'd order it!
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Some people love bitless bridles, some don't. I personally never tried one, because they are too expensive just to try and find out it doesn't work. I prefer sidepull.
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post #8 of 25 Old 10-23-2007, 06:53 AM
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Checked the website... I think it's wa-a-a-ay overpriced. Even the cavallo boots they are selling can be bought $60 US cheaper in my local store than at their website. So I'm sure same applied to bridle as well. I'd rather go with bitlessbridle.com as the idea and design seems to be the same, and prices are better in bitlessbridle.
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post #9 of 25 Old 10-23-2007, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
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it seems a lot like the bitless bridle that i almost got. It looks really nice and the website is very informative. If i lived in Australia, I'd order it!
the place that makes them is only about 15 minutes drive from me so i am going to go have a look at the and see them in action

kitten - i called the place and they have ones that you can hire to test them out. i have the same concern about buying one and then finding its no good for me. my biggest issue is that i dont want anything uncomfortable at all for her. ive heard so many stories about all the bitless bridles on the market at the moment that i want to try something that is supposed to be one of the gentler, more comfortable types.

im going to pick one up on the weekend to give it a go. im allowed it for 7 days so i figure if i get no luck in that time, its not going to work :)

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If you can borrow one - that's great! Certainly do it before buying one (I wish I could do the same with bunch of junk tack I bought over couple years! lol!).
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