Seriously though, I'll bite.
This is my mare bridleless.
I can rope like that. I can play with some cows. I can lope (Not run) a barrel pattern like that. I can do a reining or eq pattern like that too.
Here's the question though. Why the hell would I do that?
Sure I can rope like that, but she's a cowhorse. Without the bridle cue, she won't stop long enough for the string to break. She'll chase that cow until she tramples it. That turns a three second run into a five second one. There goes a check from the jackpot.
I can play with cows. But again, she's a cowhorse, and a **** aggressive one. She'll chase the cow regardless of my opinion. She'll listen maybe, but she's delayed. There's no finesse with that.
I can lope a barrel pattern with that neck rope. But there's no way for me to pick up her shoulder. No way for me to set her up. If I ever asked her to run she'd fall on her face and kill us both, or have to recover by going wide.
Sure I can rein like that. But there's no finesse. She won't ever be perfectly in frame like that. She'll occasionally look to the outside of a circle. She won't have any support form the bridle in the stop. Same with the spin and lead change. No support, no cues from me placing her body, no finesse. Sure we might do okay, but a bridle is the differance between a neutral score and a +1 or +1 1/2. Surely you, miss owner of a three time world reining champion, can understand that.
Now let's explore a little more into the bits here, shall we?
My transition goes like this:
Loose rein french link/lifesaver snaffle.
Myler Comfort Snaffle Level 2
Jr. Cowhorse (Smooth w/ copper roller) or short shank Billy Allen
From there, it's anywhere. O ring combo dogbone bit, pozzi lifter, low port short shank, medium port S shank, little S hack, Jim Warner Hack, Sherry Cervi Diamond Lifter, Sweet Six, Simplicity, Loomis, Draw Gags, whatever.
If the horse likes it, works good in it, doesn't fight, by all means, STAY IN IT. Selena has a differant bit for every event. Smooth eggbutt for English. Low port short shank for roping. Billy Allen long shank for reining/cowhorse, Short shank Jr. Cowhorse for gaming and speed events, O ring combo bit for trail riding. Why? Because that's how she works.
Am I cruel in my choices? I do not believe so. I'm not here to play "true horsewoman" with someone on a forum. I'm here to chat and have fun, and then go out and ride with finesse. You flat out cannot get that in a rope halter. Bosals do not even have the same action as a rope halter, contrary to popular belief.