Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes
This is the statement that I always have a problem with. It should say "But it's amazing the difference it CAN make."
I've tried the bitless route with my horse and he highly disliked it. So much that he actually injured himself because he was concentrating on how much he disliked the face pressure.
Sorry if I'm hammering on this point too much, but it's a pet peeve of mine how someone (not specifically you Bitless) can be so adamant that one way is the "one true path." Especially with something as individual as a horse's preference. *steps off pedastal*
I like this entire post, especially the bolded part. Bitless bridles control through nose, jaw, and poll pressure; it is not some nifty, completely harmonious way of riding. Heavy hands are heavy hands whether that's connected to a bit or something wrapped around and tightening against the horse's jaw. I'd be so bold to say that it's harder for a horse to seek contact- as is vital in English disciplines- because of the constriction everywhere on the head.