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post #1 of 25 Old 07-21-2013, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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what is the best bitless bridal to use on my 14 yr old Morgan?

I have read reviews about the cross under style Dr.Robert Cook bitless bridal, but reviews seem to be really outdated. Is this really worth the hype, they seem a bit pricey. I tried a snaffle bit that bends with ball in middle , but she does not like it at all!!! Previous owner advised bitless bridal. Can anyone suggest what brand might work best?
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post #2 of 25 Old 07-21-2013, 09:50 PM
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What makes you think she doesn't like her bitted bridle? Horses have to be trained to accept pressure. If she just doesn't like pressure, she isn't going to be cured by moving the pressure to another point on her face.

Some horses honestly don't like bits. But most horses who resist the bit honestly don't like pressure and haven't been trained to properly move off of it. Or the human riding them doesn't have good hands -- e.g, there is no release. For example, some people pull a horse all the way through a turn. They keep pulling even after the horse is bent and moving the right way. No release, even for a correct answer (turning).

Before you change tack, change yourself and your training techniques. Also, get a dentist to check those teeth. Check your saddle fit. Pain creates resistance.
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^^^^^^^^Yep, always best to review what you are doing with your hands before deciding your horse doesn’t like a bit
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post #4 of 25 Old 07-21-2013, 10:41 PM
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Why don't you ask the previous owner what they used?

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post #5 of 25 Old 07-22-2013, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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previous owner used a bitless bridal, that is why I am asking which bitless bridal to purchase, there are so many to choose from. I am use to snaffle bits, that is why I tried a snaffle. My boyfriend rode her bareback in round pen with just a lead rope. However on trails I wanted something a bit more safer with better control. I don't know much about bitless bridals, hence why I am asking.
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post #6 of 25 Old 07-22-2013, 04:37 PM
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I like a little S hackamore. It rides a lot like a bitted bridle and has good stopping power and lateral control if you ever get into a situation where you need it. My horse finds it comfortable and agreeable.

I don't like the Dr. Cook's design. It doesn't have enough release, and my horses seem annoyed at the way it applies pressure. It wraps around their heads. That made my mare claustrophobic.
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I've seen horses raise their nose and bulldoze thro a Dr. Cook type headstall. If you are used to riding in a snaffle, why not train her to one, teaching her to soften and give. I'll suggest a regular loose ring snaffle as the thickness of the mouthpiece is medium.
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There are a lot of options. Lol. I sorta made my own. My horse didn't like the way most squeezed his head. So I modified a nose piece that attached to my bridle. It doesn't squeeze at all. I guess it's just more like a rope halter but is a leather bridle.
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post #9 of 25 Old 07-22-2013, 08:38 PM
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Love bit less riding! My mares ride comfortably and obediently in their halters with rope reins - a pleasurable experience for all three of us :)
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post #10 of 25 Old 07-23-2013, 08:11 AM
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I just brought a LightRider Bitless Bridle to try on my mare. Most just to see how she would go in one for flat/bush riding. She is currently in a french link snaffle and response to vocal commands.
I was deciding between the LightRider and NoBit Bridle, the LightRider had better reviews mostly quicker release and not crossed over under the jaw.
I can let you know how it goes :)
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