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post #21 of 22 Old 07-19-2008, 04:05 PM
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I use Dr. Cook's Bitless Bridle. Mechanical hackamores work great as do bosals. As with a bitted, you need to be aware of your hands. Any bit/bitless can be dangerous in the wrong hands.

What is your horse doing that leads you to believe he might do better bitless?

I know with my draft he was real fussy in just about ever bit I tried with him. I finally gave up and went back to riding him in his halter (I broke him using his halter because I couldn't find a 6" bit). I found Dr. Cook's bridle and he's just done exceellent with it.

Much more relaxed.
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post #22 of 22 Old 07-22-2008, 02:07 PM
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so either a bit or hackamore can be severe and damage the horse. if used improperly, a bit can break a horse's molars. if used/fitted improperly, i hackamore and cut off breathing or even break that little bone that comes between the nostrils.

and there are other options before totally eliminating a bit. there are much softer bits. for example:

the waterford... which doesn't allow the horse to lean into the bit and is not very severe due to the many breaks in it.

a rubber mullen mouth... which has a mouth piece made entirely of rubber.

but for either of these bits, you need to have a pretty obient horse with good communication

and then there are your happy mouth bits which are softer than regular metal bits but don't require as much obedience in the horse.

i don't see any reason why you couldn't consider one of these before taking the bit away entirely =]
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