Originally Posted by Speed Racer
If all you want to do is plod around and never teach your horse properly, keep using a halter and lead lines.
It's like trying to do delicate, close work while wearing gloves. The bit isn't a torture device, it's used for communication between horse and rider.
I disagree with this. I am not against bits, I use one myself and I agree its used for communication between horse and rider. However, you do not NEED to have a bit to achieve that communication or to teach your horse.
I am able to achieve the same result with a halter as I am with a bit. It takes even greater communication between horse and rider to go without a head device and to achieve more complex movements or perform in specific disciplines. The horse does not need a bit to learn properly.
I don't think a halter would be my prefered choice if I wanted to be training my horse bitless - there are other set ups out there I would prefer but that doesn't mean it can't be done.
To the OP, if you are looking to get into showing then training your horse to be just bitless may not be the best idea. I would look into the rules as to what devices are and aren't allowed. However, I am seeing more and more allow bitless devices to be used. If you wish to use a bit, use a mild bit like a single or double jointed smooth snaffle.