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post #1 of 49 Old 08-26-2010, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Question tell me about bitless

Hello all,
I have just recently got my horse, and I really would love to go with a bitless. Can anyone tell me about the different ones, and which ones may be better in your opinions.I have looked at a few and I think I like the look of the Nutural Bitless, has anyone used this? And is this a direction that I can go with my horse? I ride her, and she is getting better with her herd bound problems, which is the only problem I have, cuz she is great in every other way. Hoping someone can help.
I am new to the world of owning a horse, but not loving, so I really need some guidance!! Thanks!!
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post #2 of 49 Old 08-26-2010, 12:09 PM
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I use a $15 Indian bosal that I got off Ebay. Stiffler does VERY well with it. It attaches to a standard headstall and crosses under the chin with a very heavy duty diamond braid rope. I would suggest trying a cheaper indian bosal first just in case your horse doesn't respond well to bitless then at least you aren't out a lot of money.

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post #3 of 49 Old 08-26-2010, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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That is like a side pull right? What are the differences between side pulls and bitless bridles? Are side pulls always something that you attach to a headstall or bridle?
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post #4 of 49 Old 08-27-2010, 07:41 PM
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Rawhide Bosal:
I'm not familiar with the use of a rawhide bosal, but I believe it is used with neck reining. It can be very harmful to the horse in the wrong hands. Can be bought separately or part of a headstall


Indian Bosal:
Not a side pull. It has rope that crosses under the chin so it puts pressure on the chin, nose and pulls side to side. Usually bought separately to attach to a normal headstall/bridle.



Dr. Cook bitless bridle:
The leather crosses under the chin(check the website, it shows that). Puts pressure on the poll and pulls side to side. Bought as a whole bridle.


Side pull:
Gives direct side to side pull. bough as a hole bridle.

Hackamore:
Puts pressure on the poll, the chin, the nose and gives side to side pulling. Can be bought as part of a bridle or separate.

To answer your question, a side pull is a type of bitless bridle, all of these are.

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post #5 of 49 Old 08-27-2010, 10:45 PM
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The Indian bosal shown is from the exact seller that I use.

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If you go with a bosal make sure you know how to use one. They are different then a hack or other type of bitless tack. They are designed to be a trainsition type things.

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post #7 of 49 Old 08-27-2010, 10:52 PM
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I have Dr. Cook's bitless. I use it on my 18 hand, 2200 lbs. draft. Solon was the first big horse to use it! He does wonderful. I have had nothing but good come from using it. I'd absolutely recommend it.

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post #8 of 49 Old 08-27-2010, 11:39 PM
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Agree on the Bosal, you need to know how to use one first before you try to put a horse in it for the first time.

Whenever I want to go bitless, I just ride in a rope halter.

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We have an old sidepull at the barn and its really nice if you want a change. Horses that have previously been bitted may not respond as crisply to a bitless at first. They come around though. Is there a reason for your decision to go bitless?
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post #10 of 49 Old 08-28-2010, 12:00 AM
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9 times out of 10 I just hop on with the halter and a couple of lead ropes for reins, but I'm sometimes lazy that way!

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