Sorry I didn't explain myself better...
I agree with above posts regarding sore mouth/teeth/conformational issues that a horse would be more comfortable in a bitless.. BUT many people misdiagnose a soreness issue or training issue to be a "bit problem" when in fact there is another issue.
What I'm annoyed with is the "trend" towards bitless bridles because miss princess poof horsie's owner doesn't want to hurt poor miss princess poof horsie. In the right hands, a bit is a communication tool that is nothing more than that; it is not painful, in fact the horse seeks it. A bit is not a torture device. Having said that, it IS a torture device in the wrong hands.
I think it would be a great idea for beginner riding horses... as in horses used for beginners. Probably a mouth-saver... hah.
Like anything, a bitless bridle is NOT for everyone/every horse. A bitless bridle can be a good thing in some cases.
Last edited by JustDressageIt; 10-26-2008 at 01:24 PM.