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post #1 of 17 Old 02-06-2014, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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Bitless bridles please?

I'm trying to get myself a bitless bridle (I've been riding in bridle with a bit and in my halter interchangeably, plus my trainer is big with natural horsemanship and encourages her students to get bitless bridles) so my question is where I can get one cheap? Most of the money I make working at the barn goes for my horses board and all the bridles I've seen so far cost at least a hundred...are there any good, cheap brands you would reccomend? Thanks!
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post #2 of 17 Old 02-06-2014, 09:54 PM
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Does your horse go well in a bridle and bit? If it ain't broke don't fix it! There has been a lot of threads on the forum, two very recently, about this topic and bitless ISNT always better.
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I agree with SlideStop, if your horse is going well in a bit and you aren’t doing anything untoward or nasty with the bit, then why change it, it will likely mean at least a partial re-train.
I guess, then again, if your trainer is willing to teach you something properly (that being the key part of the equasion), it couldn’t hurt to give it a go.

Just an aside (and I don’t expect you to have the answers), but why is there always this assumption that Natural Horsemanship means no bit?
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If you want to get a bitless bridle, i would strongly recommend saving up and get a good one. I know they are not cheap but i do not recommend a cheap one. If you really don't want to spend a lot of money then i suggest looking for a used one :)

I love Nurtural bitless bridles, they have the circle X under the chin to prevent any pinching of the skin. Plus Zoe Brooks and Sherri are awesome to deal with and very helpful.

You can visit this website below if your in Canada or they sell them on ebay as well if your in US or from another country

Nurtural Bitless Bridle – The better bitless bridle
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post #5 of 17 Old 02-07-2014, 12:19 AM
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There are a lot of different types out there, perhaps your trainer could let you try out whatever ones she likes best? That would allow you to see how your horse reacts to it before investing the money.

IMO it doesn't really sound necessary, though. Riding in a halter can be just fine, especially in a controlled environment like an arena, and you can use the bit whenever you think you might need a little more control "just in case."
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post #6 of 17 Old 02-07-2014, 02:37 AM
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I was quite lucky to be given an expensive bridle, but I saw a similar one to mine on eBay for about 25 quid.
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post #7 of 17 Old 02-07-2014, 07:30 AM
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Bit-less Bridle are a bit expense, but for a lesson Horse they are great.

New students tend to ride the bit and the Horse suffers, we used Bit-less Bridles on many of our lesson Horse and their mouths we saved from the youngsters tugging at the bit.

This is the least expensive one I have seen, but their may be others

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post #8 of 17 Old 02-07-2014, 10:20 AM
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I admittedly don't know much about bitless bridles, but I can say that "good" and "cheap" rarely go together unless you're purchasing used Dx

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post #9 of 17 Old 02-07-2014, 11:20 AM
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A rope sidepull is fine for many horses, and does not cost a fortune:

Modified Side-Pull Rope Riding Halter

I bought one years ago from this person:

BITLESS Riding Halter Bridle Hackamore Side Pull Natural Horsemanship Yacht Rope | eBay

I don't use it as a bitless bridle any more, but I still use it as a halter under the bitted bridle:

"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."
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post #10 of 17 Old 02-07-2014, 11:37 AM
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This version of a sidepull in nylon from Buckaroo leather is $40:

Buckaroo Leather - Nylon Bitless SidePull

What you would need depends on the horse and what you do.

"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."
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