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post #31 of 35 Old 04-13-2015, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by ARTEMISBLOSSOM View Post
It seems more and more people are pushing bitless riding now. I think it should be up to the individual to decide and not someone else trying to force their way of thinking on others. Early this spring I was trying to plan a 2 week summer horse camping/ trail riding adventure with several friends. I thought we had found the perfect ranch to go to until fine print at the bottom of the web page caught my eye. It said that no bits were allowed on the ranch. I was sure I was misunderstanding something so I called the ranch owners and they said that horses were only allowed to be ridden in halters on their land but if we were not comfortable with that they didn't mind taking a few days to train us how to ride our horses this way. (for a fee of course) I thought about our group of ladies (no one is under 50) and our horses (some of them are a bit green have quite a bit of get up and go) and was very glad I did not send this ranch a deposit. Needless to say we found another spot to go for a couple of weeks this summer.
They must have some really great liability insurance!!
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post #32 of 35 Old 04-13-2015, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by george the mule View Post
Hi All!

Unsolicited advice kinda comes along with horse ownership; I actually had an old cowboy tell me that Oily's Dressage saddle was inadequate for trail riding. "

This bit reminds me of the crap I listened to for years. When I worked as a ringer (cowboy in Australia), I rode in a wade saddle an a hackamore and while I was out mustering cattle or whatever we were doing I would never end hearing "you can't ride like THAT in the bush!" I'd usually look about and point out that I was indeed doing exactly that as the twit was telling me that it couldn't be done. but they would always come back with the same rubbish as "nah, nah, I mane the REAAAALLLL bush, go up to [wherever] and try it and you'll get killed riding with that bull****". And it never mattered how rough the terrain was or how rough the cattle were, I think you would have to ride a horse through a blackberry bush hedge and it still wouldn't be thick enough bush for them.
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post #33 of 35 Old 04-18-2015, 02:23 AM
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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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post #34 of 35 Old 04-18-2015, 02:27 AM
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Mark, that is funny.
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post #35 of 35 Old 04-18-2015, 02:29 PM
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I've used a bit-less bridle and am not a fan. I saw a pronounced difference in head carriage and set. I think a nice loose ring snaffle to add collection and get them on the bit is very effective in creating the desired flection.
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