Great anecdotes of *helpful* advice here!
I ride my horse English with a bitless bridle (indian rope bosal). I started her in it and she is fine in it for trail riding, basic dressage and jumping. People round here mostly ride with long-shanked curbs and vaquero saddles - big unwieldy armchairs that hold your lower leg away from the horse's side, making subtle leg and seat cues pretty hard. So when they saw me on the trails with an English saddle (small and slippery!) and NO BIT, people reacted rather as if I was using a chainsaw in a bikini lol. Everyone was an expert (except me of course!)
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