I'm so sorry if this topic has been done to death - I did try searching up past forums but only found debates and arguments.
I've decided I definitely want to go bitless for training my mare, but I have a few questions. My personal thought is that it would make more sense to start bitless and move on to bitted, if I ever decide to go further than 'just for fun' with her, which probably won't happen. :P If it matters, she's a small draft horse, but really I don't think it should.
My other question is which types of bitless bridles do you suggest and why? I have studied the crap out of bits and how they work and why - but am just now getting into learning about bitless bridles, so if you can explain the mechanics of it that would be fantastic.
I was looking at the Dr. Cook's and really like that one, rode a few of our lesson horses in one and they were amazing! But some parts of it looked pinchy - and the whole point is to avoid pain. What are some other types of bitless bridles, I will probably ride direct reining, I may eventually teach her neck reining for the heck of it, but my natural inclination is to direct rein.
Thank you all for being willing to go through this topic again. :P But I couldn't find very many solid suggestions or any good reasons for why those were suggested. Just a whole lot of debates about whether or not to go bitless.