So in your opinion there are no horses out there that are more comfortable with a bit. Even horses that dislike face pressure?
I saw your point earlier about bridles putting pressure on their face and that isn't the same sort of pressure as a bitless bridle. Bridles generally have passive pressure on a horse's face (at least mine doesn't do anything other than keep the bit in place). A bitless bridle is active pressure and uses pressure points to "force" the horse listen. *Disclaimer - I don't think bitless is inherently cruel, anymore than most bits* Some horses have very sensitive faces and do not appreciate pressure being applied to the pressure points on their face.
Now I *could* train my horse to accept the bitless bridle. I'm sure I could. But is it worth it? Not for me. I see no reason to harass my horse for a month or two in order to force him to accept something he has shown he doesn't like. As long as I can ride my horses happily (both of us) and safely (both of us) I could care less what I ride them in. If they want bitless, so be it. If they don't like bitless, so be it.
I'll probably try Lily in a bitless option at some point too just to see if she does like it, in the meantime she's happy and accepting of her loose ring snaffle. More than likely I'll throw a bosal (properly fitted) on Soda and see if he likes it. If he doesn't he'll go right back to his double jointed snaffle that he is completely happy in.
ETA - According to both of my vets there is no "physical" reason Soda shouldn't like a bitless bridle. Of course they didn't see any reason for him to hate the single jointed snaffle either and he disliked that too. I put the double jointed in and it was a night and day difference.
Last edited by MN Tigerstripes; 12-21-2010 at 08:40 PM.