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    12-25-2010, 08:12 PM
How to go from bit to bitless??

I currently ride my quarab in a Eggbutt snaffle bit. This is what his owner gave me when I bought him, He is fairly hardmouthed when I use it. I was thinking of switching to a bitless bridle since we went on a bareback ride the other day with a halter and lead rope and he responed very well. What is the technical way to transition and what type of bridle is best??? I am pretty clueless when it comes to bitless options and the different varieties available.
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    12-26-2010, 01:56 PM
I would first be checking out his teeth, they may need to be floated. Next, you need to understand it's not about the bit. He's been ridden with hard hands which is why he is hard mouthed. He needs to go back to basics and learn to give off of light pressure which means the rider needs to know how to be soft and give at the right time.

You may want to consider getting a bit with a roller in the middle, or a link, to eliminate the nutcracker effect a single jointed snaffle creates. That can be very uncomfortable.
    12-26-2010, 02:34 PM
He just had his teeth floated before I brought him home. So I know its not that. I asked the trainer at my barn if she could help me get him to respond to lighter hands. Thank you for the advice :)
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    12-27-2010, 06:49 PM
You're welcome, and good luck :)
    12-28-2010, 11:55 AM
"Give to pressure excercises" with your bitless bridle and reins!

Ask the head down with gentle pressure, as soon as they release, give! Ask for more until you can get the nose to nearly touch the ground. Also bending excercises with the bitless bridle. Help on the ground- bring the nose to shoulder, nose to shoulder.
The important thing is to use the lightest pressure you can NOW, so your horse will already "get it" when you're riding, and you won't end up in a tug of war.

Enjoy bitless riding ;)

    12-28-2010, 12:02 PM
Oh sorry, double post. I ride my guy bitless only, and I just ordered my biothane sidepull from mossrockendurance. Lisa is great, and you can totally customise your bridle. They are all about $80 for synthetic ones. I recommend any of these:

Headstalls: Bitless - Moss Rock Endurance Adventures - Your Source for Custom Biothane Competitive Tack

I've had great customer service here.. Seems to be a great product.

But 3 other popular kinds are here:
Nurtural Horse: The Better Bitless Bridle
LightRider Bitless Bridle
The Bitless Bridle by Dr. Robert Cook, FRCVS, Ph.D.

Hope that helps! Sorry for the double post.
    12-31-2010, 02:01 AM
I will add that I love this one

Yacht Rope Ultimate Riding Halter Bitless Bridle CUSTOM - eBay (item 280469360819 end time Jan-18-11 19:44:30 PST)

It is the only thing my girl has ever been ridden in in her life!

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