Bitless Bridles

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I've been riding Kiska on a nylon halter with rains attached, for the past month. and she is listening a lot better, with less head tossing. But I was thinking of wandering into the world of bitless bridles, hackamores, etc. Advice? Experience?
 

Jane&Ziggy

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When my very sensitive ex-racer Arab was still ridden, he went in a Dr Cook's beta thane bridle, a side pull. He liked it very much and went sweetly with no head tossing or bobbing. He was in an English hackamore when I got him, but as he was so sensitive to your seat that he never had braking issues I didn't think he needed the leverage of the hackamore.
 

Pete's Mum

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My boy definitely goes better bitless - but not all bitless bridles are made equal & like bits, different styles will have different pressure.

Mine hated the Dr Cook, loved his sidepull but found I struggled with faster work or hacking it, but loves his orbitless & I have enough control to keep us both safe - you can alter the ring it's on so I can school in the minimal setting akin to a sidepull but can drop it down a ring to hack :) . He's not good with poll pressure (he'll rear) so not tried any of the traditional hackamore's which can be very harsh.
 
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Jane&Ziggy

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Somewhere on here there's a thread which tells you how to adapt a halter to try the different kinds of pressure the different bitless bridles use. Let me have a look and see if I can find it on this new site!
 

No_Angel

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I also have the 'circle' hackamores, similar to the orbitless type. I've tried most other types of bitless but prefer this type.
 

Kite_Rider

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Another 'orbitless' fan here, have to say though that while Belle schooled beautifully in it, hacking was an entirely different story in anything other than walk! :eek:
 

joosie

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We don't really "bump" posts on here tbh as we are more into actual communication :p So any update? Have you made the switch to bitless yet?
 
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newforest

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I just use a rope halter with the rope reins that have scissor snaps.

I tried her in the side pull, waste of time she ignored it. Any pressure from the side as you would with a headcollar she didn't get.