If you don't want a bit, just get a sidepull that fits. Something like this: https://www.buckarooleather.com/shop...-silver-detail
OR...learn to use a bit properly. Done like this (and the picture below is of Mia & I), a bit is not in any way a harmful, mean or cruel object. Just a good tool for training and communication:
Notice the rope halter on underneath. It makes it easy to dismount and move the reins to her halter, then move them back to the bit and mount up. This is Bandit snacking during a dismounted section:
"But I do believe strongly that bits are not a safety precaution. They're a means of control if you use them that way.
If you have ever been on a horse that is scared, a means of control is not a bad thing. A scared horse can kill itself and you, and NEEDS a rider who can and will do more than just hope and pray her horse will take care of things. Someone who isn't willing to "control" the horse is not a rider. Just a passenger who hopes things work out well. Your horse prefers a rider. They don't like making all the decisions.
Slow down. I didn't say a means of control was a bad thing. Don't jump all over me- I actually think I said I didn't really hate bits, they're just not for me. Geeze.
As far as "They don't like making all the decisions" goes, #1 just because you're in a bit doesn't mean you're not making the decisions. #2, I assure you Dixie isn't making very many decisions other than "I ain't going no where!" when she stops and stands there. Which a bit would not help with at all. #3, Dixie isn't that spooky. #4, my horse that IS spooky, Pistol, is spookier in a bit than a hackamore. One day I was riding in his hackamore and he spooked at something and started hopping to the side and started to bolt, but he stopped as soon as I even gave the reins the tiniest pull. On the other hand, with Pistol, bits have never helped anything at all. He doesn't mind riding in a hackamore that much, but he is miserable in a bit. I know its not that way for every horse, but there are some, like Pistol.
I have never tried a bit on Dixie and have no need to.
A bit can be several things.
1. A safety precaution (which is ridiculous, if your horse spooks that bad or is that nuts I don't think a bit is going to help you)
2. A means of control (which isn't a bad thing, not necessarily anyway)
3. A weapon (obviously this is its worst use)
Anyway, this is totally off topic anyway.