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post #1 of 35 Old 04-09-2015, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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Working at the rescue yesterday and one of the volunteers asks me if I've ever ridden in a bitless bridle. I answer no. I then get a 10 minute "lecture" based on a video she had recently watched about how much better bitless bridles are for the horse, how much better they performed in it etc.

Having read stories of how people have gotten hurt when their horse spooked and they found that their bitless bridle didn't provide enough control to manage the situation I remained skeptical and asked her how long she has ridden for.

"Oh, I don't ride"

I gave her a look and went back to mucking.
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That's what I would have done. Lynn Palm didn't ride Rugged Lark bitless until he was retiring from the show ring bc he had beaten his competition into submission, and she did an encore, bridleless ride. THAT is the candidate for bridleless, and of course horses whose mouths have been ruined. Still, there is no real control if the horse with the ruined mouth is also green. It is a shame that people new to horses want to lecture the rest of us. I guess you'll have to be patient and wait for this person's accident report.
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I gave her a look and went back to mucking.
Too funny ...
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Lmao, I love horse experts.....
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post #6 of 35 Old 04-09-2015, 12:27 PM
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I've gotten lectures about how bitless is better and causes no pain. >.> And how every horse can go bitless.

I rode my horse in a halter for several months and it was hard to control him.

Bit, better response with little pressure.
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I ride my mare in a stop and turn. I get lectures on harshness, blah, blah, blah.

Well, you see, misses expert!

My mare responds to legs and voice, and can be ridden bridleless!

I only use that because she is super spooky, and I can only make her stop with a stop and turn if she takes off. And because she has an awful problem with biting, and any more hackamore she runs through.

So yes, mind your own business.

And stay out of mine!


But you so did the right thing by just giving her a look. I sometimes have trouble not turning into a monster when people judge me.
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That willy wonka meme would be perfect in this situation! "Oh you don't ride and watched a 10 minute video? Please, enlighten me!"

I really have no problem with bitless bridles, or hackamores, and for some horses I have found them to be more effective-- especially starting horses.

Does that mean they cause any more or less pain than a normal bridle? Definitely not! In fact, I just picked up a client who has a new horse, and the previous owners said she couldn't be ridden in a bit. Day one rode her in a hackamore, and day two I rode her in a snaffle. The owner was shocked as her mare went around HAPPIER, and more controlled than when her with out a bit. Pressure on the nose can be just as uncomfortable, and for some horses more so, than pressure on the mouth.
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post #9 of 35 Old 04-09-2015, 01:19 PM
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That willy wonka meme would be perfect in this situation! "Oh you don't ride and watched a 10 minute video? Please, enlighten me!"

Keep going, keep moving forward. You'll get it together someday.
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post #10 of 35 Old 04-09-2015, 01:35 PM
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^Thanks Roman was just on my way to pick one up! OP this is usually the look I give:

Or when dealing with unsolicited "Advice" from a "professional":

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