What are the advantages/disadvantages of having a bitless bridle?
It depends on the tipe of bit your using and what style you ride. Rio I heard is actually bit shy(he doesn't like them) and I have to use a hackamore to ride.
Do search in this section. There are lots of threads about the bitless bridle here.
Here are a few.
- Much kinder on a horses mouth
- Used when horses are bit shy or have mouth problems
- For ponys that can't carry bits LOL
- Good for starting a young horse on
- Prevents too much leaning on the riders hand
- Doesn't work for a very fast or disobedient horse
- Not for horses that have sensitive polls
- Some horses don't work in an outline with a bitless bridle
- In some cases you need to retrain your horse
The thing I dislike about my hackamore thingy is that the direct reining is pretty ugly. It's great for neck reining though.
The reining is also another issue. LOL. That's why I said you would probably have to retrain the horse if he has been taught through the english way.
I have ridden in a bitless (dressage) - they are absolutely wonderful for teaching a rider not to rely on their hands to get the job done.
What I don't like though is the response from the horse. It is very difficult to use the same soft, finger light aids and get the same response as you would from a bit. Plus they are not legal in the show ring. So as much as they teach the rider not to rely on their hands - they also make the rider amplify her aids.
I do realize that they have their place, and I might school in one maybe 3-4 times a year for S&Gs but for dressage they are pretty useless.
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