Originally Posted by BitlessForHappiness
Wow, interesting! Did you figure out why she didn't like it?...Just a horse by horse scenario or something specific?
I can't speak for anyone else, but I tried a similar design and my horse seemed to dislike having her head squeezed with wrap around pressure. I've seen a lot of folks who say they tried a Dr Cook design and it did not work with their horse. They can also be slow to release pressure.
And for me, I simply dislike Dr Cook and his insistence that bits are cruel and work on pain.
"The Bitless Bridle provides a humane alternative to the Bronze Age technology of the bit. Unlike the bit, no pain is inflicted. Your horse is free from fear, listens more attentively, breathes more freely, and moves more gracefully...In common with all bitted bridles, the traditional bitless bridles are pain-based in their mechanism."The Bitless Bridle by Dr. Robert Cook, FRCVS, Ph.D., a humane alternative to the bit
That is simply poppycock. I write that as someone who spent 3 years riding bitless before switching to bits, and whose mare REALLY started to calm and relax after switching her to a curb bit.