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  1. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    Hello, I am new here to Horse Forum. I would like to know a little more about Paso Fino bosals. I've been looking for a simple bitless noseband attachment, and I had settled on one from Two Horse Tack (purple noseband; picture attatched). This noseband looks to be a beta version of a Paso...
  2. Member Journals
    Welcome to my journal! Because someone in my "Welcome"-thread suggested to I decided that I should start a journal. The most important part of this journey will be this sweet fella: Name: Boromir (Stud name: Bellagio) DOB: 14th of April 2019 Breed: Westphalian (although pedigree is...
  3. New and Returning members, introduce yourself here
    Hey hey. I'm a German who just moved to Belgium and own a 1 1/2 year old westphalian(For anyone interested he is bred: Callaho's Benicio X Show Star X Renoir II) gelding. He is the first horse I bred myself(I leased a mare) and he is everything I wanted him to be. Already shows an extemely...
  4. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    I am an English rider and dressage is my primary discipline, but my OTTB and I also love to jump (both in the arena and on cross country). The thing is, he always sticks his tongue out the right side of his mouth when I ride him in a bridle with a bit. He is 17 years old and I have owned him...
  5. Horse Talk
    Man oh man, is it hard. I'm not sure of the terminology of what I'm looking for, however. In short, I'm looking for someone who will go on rides together with me (I have two horses and one pony, and one of them is really lazy at ponying) during the year, or carriage rides. And just walks with...
  6. Share your own opinions on Horse Tack & Equipment
    I have a fussy mouthed youngster, one day I plan to get her going in a snaffle but for now we are bitless. After some research ( and personal reviews from my youngster) I've decided a bridle with a sliding chinstrap is the best course of action. I have a choice between a light rider noseband...
  7. Horse Shows
    My mare Willow was severely neglected before I got her and suffers from mouth problems because her teeth weren't properly cared for, so she has to be ridden bitless. I really would like to be able to show her some but I don't know of any types of English classes that you can ride bitless in...
  8. General Riding queries
    Hi As a part of my Masters degree I am doing a study into ridden horse behaviour. I am looking to compare the same horse and rider in two conditions: with a bit and bitless. There is a great deal of anecdotal evidence to suggest that there should be a difference between the two, but I am...
  9. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    As someone who is passionate about ethical equitation I am amazed at the lack of robust scientific evidence available to support both sides of the bit Vs bitless debate that is rife amongst the horsey folks. Do you think more research is needed? and if sufficient evidence for better welfare was...
  10. General Riding queries
    She's a four year old mustang that gets a bit excited, I do love her but I don't want her to hurt herself on the bit by accident and i would prefer not using it! could i train her to not be so wild in some way??  PLEASE HELP ASAP :) AND PLEASE ANSWER ALL MY QUESTIONS!! WITH DESCRIPTIVE...
  11. Horse Health
    So here's another question: A horse where I board and I ride sometimes often coughs when ridden. He is 10 years old and has been doing this for years according to his owner. It's at the beginning of the ride once he trots or canters. Since I get to ride him I tried doing really slow warm-ups...
  12. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    Not looking for anything in particular at the moment, but just curious of peoples opinion on what is the 'kindest' bit for a horse and why-- or bitless bridle also!
  13. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    Just wondering if anyone has any good facts or tips about the 'sidepull' bitless bridles. I've been considering putting my boy in a bitless bridle for a while now, and I've heard Warwick Schiller starts young horses in them. I'm not sure about the mechanics of the bridle just yet though and...
  14. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    I can't say i am a beginer,but i am surely not advanced.My riding teacher is a good teacher,but she is rather harsh to the horses when she gets angry.She punishes them by hiting them with the spur. I would like to ride bitless and whitout side reins,but i am to scared to ask her. I just don't...
  15. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    Please post what you know about hackamores or bitless bridles and what ones you have used and liked. I am looking into getting some type of flower hackamore for my horse such as the zilco flower hackamore. Haven't ever used hackamores or bitless bridles, have ridden in just a halter, and I...
  16. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    I have an Arabian that I have used the standard (grazing) bit that comes with an inexpensive bridle for the last 8 years, and he's fine with it. He's a pretty push button horse, full of spunk. But now that he's getting older (21) I would like suggestions on a better bit, thoughts on switching...
  17. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    What does everyone think of bit less bridles?? I have ridden my mare bareback all the time in just a halter and I have jumped her riding bareback with just a halter too with no problems! So I was thinking she would really benefit from a bit less bridle! But what do you guys think? :-)
  18. General Riding queries
    Hi! So I'm not actually having trouble with anything, just wondering if maybe there's any better way to go about what I'm trying to accomplish. Quick background, bought my 9 year old QH mare about 3 1/2 months ago. She was terrible! :lol: Anyway, I spent the first few months working on ground...
  19. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    I have recently started riding bitless with my horse and he has done very well with it! I started off with a really cheap bitless bridle just to see how my horse would respond to it. He worked really well in it but like I said, it was cheap, and it broke. So now I am shopping for a new bitless...
  20. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    Hi =) I am likely going to get the Dr. Cook or the Nurtural Bitless Bridle. I know they both come in nylon, beta and leather. Do you have a preference of one material over the other? why? Just trying to decide what one to buy.
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