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Teegz 03-10-2012 03:57 PM

which is better? Dr Cooks bitless bridle or NURTURAL BITLESS BRIDLE??
 
I was looking at getting a new Dr cooks bitless but then saw the nurtural bitless. Anyone tried both? And which one did u prefer? As I'm not sure which would be better now!

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yadlim 03-10-2012 10:34 PM

I have tried three different bitless bridles, and I always go back to the Dr Cook's bridles. I like how a horse handles in them, though they can learn to bully through them eventually.

They are fantastic for starting youngsters and retraining problem horses.

Saddlebag 03-11-2012 10:45 PM

I've studied the videos on the bitless bridles, all models, and a common issue is that the horse sticks his nose out, which hollows the back. It is difficult to get collection when there is a vise like hold on the horse's nose. At least with a snaffle and quiet hands the horse can tip his chin back to release bit pressure. And he can round nicely. I wasn't seeing that with these bridle. They aren't really bridles but redesigned halters.

jumanji321 03-11-2012 10:56 PM

I heard that to. You can't give a very good release for training.

Saddlebag 03-11-2012 11:07 PM

jumanji I'd noticed that too. Even with a loose rein the pressure doesn't back off like it should. At least with a side pull there can be a release of pressure.

Saddlebag 03-11-2012 11:16 PM

I just realized something about the Dr. Cooks. If one had a halter with an adjustable nose band then a single piece of 1/2" yacht rope could be crisscrossed in the same fashion. By using a continuous piece of rope the weight of the metal rings are eliminated. Perhaps then the horse would get the release. Hmm, I think I'll try that, weather permitting. I'll take pics then someone who is smarter than I can tell me how to download them here. Drat, rain tomorrow.

SmallTownGypsy 03-17-2012 05:22 PM

Any other opinions on this? I have to order a bitless bridle within the next few days and don't know which one to get.

Cali 03-17-2012 05:30 PM

I had a Dr Cooks that I was very happy with until I retrained my gelding to accept a bit happily at which point I went back to using a snaffle. Anyway, haven't heard of the other one but the Dr Cooks worked well for me.

Saddlebag 03-19-2012 09:22 AM

You might try a side pull. They are often considerably cheaper. Both bridles, Dr Cook and Nurtural have web sites. Look for something on youtube as well and it might help you decide.

Kato 03-24-2012 03:51 PM

My only experience is with Dr. Cooks. I do like it all though some horses do tend to learn to pull right through it and not stop.


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