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        12-18-2012, 02:33 AM
      #11
    Green Broke
    I ride bitless too -- rope halter. Not because my horse is perfect and I trust her and she's amazingly well trained. If my horse really wanted to run off with me or not listen, she would do so no matter what I had in her mouth (or on her nose). I could ride in her a bicycle chain or a snaffle or a mechanical hackamore and not be guaranteed any "control".

    If she doesn't want to listen or she wants to bolt, nothing on her face will stop her legs from moving. Bit = control is an illusion. Bitless = less control isn't true either. I believe my rope halter is harsher than a snaffle bit. I have better "control" with it than I do with the French link I use when I need a bit.

    So I ride bitless for the simple reason that my mare likes pressure on her nose more than in her mouth. Mouth pressure makes her lock her jaw and become tense all over. She also eats and drink better in competition without a bit.
         
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        12-18-2012, 10:15 AM
      #12
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Brighteyes    
    I ride bitless too -- rope halter. Not because my horse is perfect and I trust her and she's amazingly well trained. If my horse really wanted to run off with me or not listen, she would do so no matter what I had in her mouth (or on her nose). I could ride in her a bicycle chain or a snaffle or a mechanical hackamore and not be guaranteed any "control".

    If she doesn't want to listen or she wants to bolt, nothing on her face will stop her legs from moving. Bit = control is an illusion. Bitless = less control isn't true either. I believe my rope halter is harsher than a snaffle bit. I have better "control" with it than I do with the French link I use when I need a bit.

    So I ride bitless for the simple reason that my mare likes pressure on her nose more than in her mouth. Mouth pressure makes her lock her jaw and become tense all over. She also eats and drink better in competition without a bit.
    This is exactly our situation. One mare is an ex plough and carthorse and doesn´t give a toss what pressure you apply in her mouth and on her nose - if she wants to bolt then she will. We are reschooling to lessen the possibility of this, but it still exists. In the meantime, we go with bitless because we are doing long-distance riding where we ride all day most days, and she can eat and drink better as well as being more confortable.
    The other mare simply responds better to pressure on her nose than in her mouth.
    They are by no means perfect and stopping is not always their strong point, but they´re pretty good 95% of the time.
         
        12-27-2012, 04:09 PM
      #13
    Foal
    I ride in just a rope halter, whether I'm riding at home or on the trail.
         
        12-27-2012, 04:37 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    I ride in a hackamore or a rope halter just because my horse was mishandled and has a really hard mouth. HE;s trained well enough to not bolt and isn't spooky but if he does have a fit I know having a bit in his mouth would be less effective at stopping or slowing him down than pressure on his nose. I mean there's only so much pressure you can put on a bone until it breaks and by that point if he hasn't stopped then he deserves the broken nose. I also love to show off and going out bitless or in a halter tends to get people's attention and praise me for how wonderful my horse and I are together or how good a trainer I am.
         
        12-27-2012, 07:18 PM
      #15
    Foal
    I know what you mean about riding without a bit. I get lots of comments either on the trail or riding through camp because I'm just in a rope halter. In fact, I may be the only person who has ridden her horse down the Grand Canyon in just a rope halter!!

    I also ride hubby's horse in just a halter at home but he rides him on the trail in a very mild snaffle.
         
        12-27-2012, 07:46 PM
      #16
    Foal
    I use the lightest/ easiest bit on myhorse when on a trail ride. Its suupoesed to be relaxed! On my thoroughbrd it was a full cheeck snaffle and my welsh a eggbut snaffle.
         
        12-28-2012, 12:17 AM
      #17
    Foal
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        12-28-2012, 02:08 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
    My mare just got to be graduated to a kimberwick. We started in a myler shanked comfort snaffle until she took off at a dead run on the side of a major highway because she wanted home. Not doing that again. So we went to a shanked "snaffle", more like an argentine snaffle and when she was listening went to a kimberwick. She gets a full cheek snaffle for arena work.

    Have been using an english hack on her lately since it's so cold and we are just in the pasture. But she hates it and I mean hates. Ears flat back and a mighty pissed off look on her face.
         
        12-28-2012, 02:23 PM
      #19
    Foal
    bits

    I like to use the simplest bits for what I do or none at all, my gelding can hack bridleless because I use my seat, legs, and voice to command him. For trail riding I normally use a halter. I also do reining with a mildly ported bit and a loose rein:)
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        12-30-2012, 08:30 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    I use a full cheek snaffle because that is the only bit I have:) and it works perfectly well. I also use a rope halter but my instructor doesn't like to teach me with it on :(
         

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