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  • Training x racehorse in bitless bridle

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    10-24-2011, 11:59 PM
How would I train her to understand and respond to the bitless bridle without being on her back?
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    10-25-2011, 07:47 AM
Stand at her shoulder and pick up the rein in the direction you want her to turn. Use just two finger pressure on the rein. Wait for her to so much as bob her head towards you. When that rein goes slack even a little, release all pressure completely. Do it again and again until just picking up the rein causes her to turn her head. Then repeat on the other side
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    10-30-2011, 02:03 PM
Originally Posted by PerchiesKisses    
I would like to see your pics :) im a picture-addict lol. And I agree to do whatever works best. I tried the D-ring and didn't like it. I also tried a sliding gag bit on recommendation from someone I knew and threw it in the garbage shortly after. If done right, a leverage-style can be just as light as an o-ring with far less movement from the riders hands. And you don't lose any softness. I now trust my gelding in just his halter for riding, and can switch back to a D-ring for my lame attempts at English riding lol.
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the one below is the day I met her end of May this year :) and the one above is the latest pic of us. We did our second dressage test today and managed to load her for the first time in a trailer rather than a big lorry to get there, SHE WAS VERY FRESH BUT COPED so im very very proud today :) x

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