Nurtural Bitless Bridle?
I have next to no knowledge when it comes to bitless bridles, although I do have an interest in them. I'd definitely like to try one. Anyways, I came across the Nurtural Bitless Bridle (http://www.nurturalhorse.com/index.shtml) and am wondering people's opinions on it?
beware, they apply too much pressure on the horses poll, and after repeated use the horse will constantly keep head up ,,, try another bittless , a few barns that used the bridals as part of a study have taken them out of their programs
The nurtural bridle is the same design as the Dr. Cook's, but with a 'circle x' under the jaw, and a grippy rubber noseband.
I use a Dr. Cook's myself, but don't see why a nurtural would act much differently.
I suggest starting with a sidepull though, and working up from there.
Not sure if you would be interested or not, but I tie custom bitless rope bridles. PM me if you would like any info :)
I use the Dr. Cooks. My horses responded great to it. I even used it on my Morgan who would like to bolt and I think the bit was the problem. He is much easier to control and stop!! Although I had a trainer work him in it not me:) tell he figured it out. My Quarter horse took to it no training really. The only real difference than adding reins to the halter is the straps that cross underneath. As you pull on the right rein a strap pulls across the left cheek turning the horses head right.
I have herd that the only issues people had with the Dr. Cook's and the Natural are that the release is too slow and sometimes not there at all. Also depending on the material (they are offered in synthetics and leather) I've herd of them wearing out/needing parts replaced within a fairly short amount of time (3-6 months).
The Bitless bridle I tie works on the same pressure points as the Natural and Dr. Cook's but offers immedate release, and has no parts that can wear out/break on you. It also has a built in halter.
I like the looks of the mechanics Ktibb. It probably does have a quicker release under the jaw than my leather Dr. cooks. The release/pressure also comes from the hands and rein connection too. I think Ktibbs looks like a great alternative to the Cooks as they are spendy.
Oh one more thing. The Dr. cooks western bridle didn't fit my Quarter horses head - He has an enormous draft like head so I had to get the warmblood english version with my western saddle and mecate reins I look a little odd. A custom fit would be nice.
What's that old saying... 'desparation is the mother of invention' or something like that? I was too broke (read cheap) to spend the money on a DR or Natural and figured if I could tie a rope halter I could figure out how to tie a bitless bridle... some trial and error and wha-la... an affordable solution :)
I haven't started full tilt production yet, but I just placed an order for supplies which should arrive before the end of the month. I'm really excited to see how people like them :)
Not sure on a price as of yet, but one of my main goals is to make bitless affordable for those who might otherwise not try it out.
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