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Feathers 12-28-2007 11:51 PM

The Bitless Bridle!
Does anyone have experience with these bitless bridles.

I've been thinking about using one on my girl. I want to try english riding on her...

I am looking at purchasing the draft size english bitless bridle by Mr. Cook? His website is

How well do you think they work? I'm worried that they might not be 'strong' enough' on my girl. She's got sooo much power in her neck and head. When I ride her in a halter, she can pull the reins right out of my hands when I fight with her to go somewhere she doesn't want to go!! :shock: You can't 'pull' her head around in a halter. She'll pull you around instead. But the concept behind this bridle seems to make sense. I think it might give just as much control as a bit??? What do you think?

BluMagic 12-29-2007 12:26 AM

Seems to me like it's just a revized caveson. :wink:

But looks fine to me. I have tons of experience with hackamores but not caveson thingees. hehe.

Dave 12-29-2007 11:34 AM

bitless bridles
Hello the bitless bridles are the real deal i use them on all my horses from young colts to older broken horses. they are easy on the horse and rider as well. i own 3 of DR. COOKS and 6 of the indian bitless bridles , i have a qt mare that had been hurt in a port bit at one time in her life and would fight to the point that she would throw herself down or take the bit and run . When i put her in the bitless system it was like i had a new horse and have used her on trails as well as cutting cattle and reining with her and she is great in it ive just started my mustangs and TWH mares in the bitless and what a response ive had from them all my horse are happy now . ill be selling all my bits soon as ill ride only in the bitless bridles Dave

luvs2ride79 12-29-2007 02:16 PM

I have a mock up of the Dr Cook's bridle and LOVE it! I use it for trail riding on both of my horses and when anyone else wants to ride them (so I don't have to worry about someone accidentally yanking my horses' mouthes). Dr Cook does give you a 30-day money back guarantee, so if you don't like it, you can return it for a refund. I would totally go for it!

Another, more reasonably priced alternative is sold by Moss Rock Endurance:

DGW1949 12-30-2007 11:13 AM

I'm all for getting rid of bits. Never did like sticking them into a horse's mouth.

I don't have any experience with one like Dr Cook sells but I have had a couple of horses over the years that rode fine with just a halter and reins.

I did look over his site though...... and what he's done does seem like a good idea. I'm thinking about rigging-up one of my own. If it works out and shows potential, I might just buy one of his later.


Feathers 12-30-2007 11:20 PM

Well, it sounds like it works pretty good then. I see no harm in trying it.

I think I am going to give it a try and see for myself. If it works good enough for me in riding, perhaps I'll consider going bitless for driving too.

My hopes are high :)

horse_luver4e 12-30-2007 11:29 PM

I've never used a hackamore. If I go bitless, I just use a rope halter! lol :lol:

BluMagic 12-31-2007 12:12 AM

Ya same thing I guess. Although a hackamore is more compatible.

Feathers 12-31-2007 12:34 AM

Hehehe, yes a halter would be cheap but remember that the bitless bridle does not work like a regular halter.

When you ride in a halter, you are still 'pulling' the horse's head just as a bit would do in it's mouth. With the bitless bridle, you are applying pressure to the opposite side of the horse's head and actually 'pushing', not pulling the horse's head in the direction you wish to go. It is a different way of communication.

It would very dangerous for me to ride my big mare on the trail or somewhere new to her with just a halter on, rope or web. If you have ever ridden a 17.3 h draft horse with a neck as thick as hers, you will understand HORSEPOWER as it truly is. She is a stubborn riding horse and she WILL fight if she does not want to go somewhere. Trust me, I've ridden her in a halter. Ouch, my hands got rope burned from trying to turn her head with the reins and I just 'couldn't turn her head'. She was too strong. I must have a bit to ride anywhere new. Gosh, she fights that bit somewhat horrid. She leans her head into it and gets all nasty. She'll try and run off. mare is trained mostly in driving. She is perfect under harness. But under saddle, what a horror!! Her riding skills are basic and her manners are poor!!

This is why I question the Bitless Bridle. I hope it will give me at least enough power to turn her head. :?:

BluMagic 12-31-2007 12:35 AM

I can say it sounds veryyyyy interesting! :)

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