Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: I'm an American girl living in southwest France
I think a lot of people who've never actually ridden a horse bitless for any length of time and who haven't trained a horse to ride bitless, have some very strong opinions about how bitless riding is never as good as riding with a bit.
Fact is, unless you've ridden bitless, trained bitless, been on a well-trained bitless horse, you don't know for sure what that kind of horse is capable of. Since I have and do, I can say with absolute certainty that my horse can be ridden anywhere, on property or off with that bitless bridle, she stops and turns on a dime, and probably because she doesn't have a bit in her mouth, she's become very sensitive to my seat and leg cues. Horses at the same club in bits are not nearly as responsive as she is.
For some people, the bit is a crutch. Not everyone, obviously, but for some, yes. If someone says a horse can't be well-trained, responsive, and trustworthy without a bit, I would have to respectfully say that they haven't met my horse, so I can understand why they might feel that way ... but they're wrong. :)
“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” ~ William Shakespeare