Horses feel face pressure in bridles with bits too. I have seen people like the youtube video nahreiner posted and I don't understand why bits are needed. I am honestly trying to understand and to gain more knowledge. If you are saying that a bit is to refine a cue how come you have to use it? Because you are already getting what you want without it right? I don't understand. Is it just so that you don't have to pull as hard or something? I am not being rude all I am trying to do is gain knowledge on the subject now. So my main question is if you are already getting the response you need why do you have to add something to refine a cue? I don't understand that.
If so she did not start that horse that way. She started the horse in a bit (snaffle) and then to a curb bit and progressed to riding with just leg and seat and then dropped the bridle and went on until she gets to that point and not ever horse will get there no matter what.
Your horse might be responding to the cues you are giving him. However I will guarantee you that a reiner has a lot more cues and more refined cues then what your horse has. They are much more responsive to the cues given from the leg and seat. When I say refined I am talking moving your hand about an inch and the horse responding to you instantly. Not in a step or stride. I am talking the instant you pick up on the rein at any speed or gate. You get that type of refinement from a properly used bit and spur. Bit-less bridles do not give you the correct response from the rein to the horse to get that. The horse can not feel the slightest movement of your hand. The bit-less bridle is not made to give you that.