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romybec

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romybec says:

Should I try a bitless bridle?

Should I try a bitless bridle? My horse is super strong. Even a kimblewick with a curb chain can't stop him. So, does anyone know if a bitless bridle would be a good idea? Thanks.

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graciesaphie99

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Re: Should I try a bitless bridle?

i was thinking of getting a hack-a-more.. beause i have the same prob, but alot of people said it is alot of poll pressure and not alot of horses like it :/

is that what you meen?

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marybee

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marybee says:

RE: Should I try a bitless bridle? My horse is super strong. Even a kimblewick with a curb chain can't stop him. So, does anyone know if a bitless bridle would be a good idea? Thanks.

a hackamore can be a very harsh bit in the wrong hands like any other, which means the best thing to do is seek advice on how to use them.  if you have a saddler near you who you trust, i would recommend speaking to him/her about your options for your particular horse, and they can also go through the mechanisms of the bit to help you see if this is the bit for you. 

but can i ask why your horse is strong?  a silly question, but it could be down to limited turn out/bad experiences with bits that have led to cuts in the mouth, so the horse could actually be running away from pain.  if it is the latter, then i would suggest a bitless to ease the mouth,  but as said, it is important for you as the rider to appreciate how you have to extra extra gentle as the slightest touch on the reins will be noted by the horse.

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beckaroo

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beckaroo says:

Re: Should I try a bitless bridle?

I second marybee on this one - a hackamore's a serious piece of kit and it's advisable to speak to a v knowledgeable person on how to use it properly.

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halls882

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halls882 says:

Re: Should I try a bitless bridle?

my cob is known to bolt and so far i've not found anything that holds him - i was beginning to contemplate barbed wire in his mouth lol!

i tried a bitless last week and it was brilliant! i've never had such good brakes before! i was borrowing a friends one but i just ordered my own. i normally ride in a losse ring french link and when he's listening and when we're schooling this is fine but he can be a real toad when it comes to open spaces and other horses! it's terrifying sometimes!

i'd definitely try one to see how you get on but perhaps try in a safe environment first (i went out for a hack in company which was such a bad move but luckily he behaved) i've been out 3 times in it so far and it has been good each time so i'll keep using it and i'm planning to use it with a bit too so i can have the best of both worlds...brakes and steering! (hopefully!)

 

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romybec

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romybec says:

RE: Should I try a bitless bridle? My horse is super strong. Even a kimblewick with a curb chain can't stop him. So, does anyone know if a bitless bridle would be a good idea? Thanks.

Thanks every one,

to answer your question marybee, i understand what you mean but as far as i know he is just enjoying himself soo much that he doesnt wanna stop! he hasnt had any bad experiences since iv had him so i just think i need to try something else lol but thanks

* When I say bitless, i mean like the Dr cook, not a hackamore x

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BlueFlame

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BlueFlame says:

RE: Should I try a bitless bridle? My horse is super strong. Even a kimblewick with a curb chain can't stop him. So, does anyone know if a bitless bridle would be a good idea? Thanks.

I have a Cynthia Cooper bitless http://www.naturalhorseworld.com/BitlessBridles.htm . But i think you just need to reconsider what your hands are doing and maybe working on getting lighter aids. I also know of a book called 'Tug Of War' by Dr. Gerd Heuschmann http://www.amazon.com/Tug-War-Classical-Incorrect-Negatively/dp/1570763755 though i haven't read it but have seen the film and it is great! May be able to help-may not i don't know.

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skydancer

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skydancer says:

RE: Should I try a bitless bridle? My horse is super strong. Even a kimblewick with a curb chain can't stop him. So, does anyone know if a bitless bridle would be a good idea? Thanks.

HI

I too have a bolting horse, at first she would gallop to the end of the field when asked for trot. Then she bolted all the way home with me on top(luckily) . My mare does not have limited turnout has had her back checked, feet, saddle and teeth- she is just really strong! I was riding her in a dutch gag on the harshest ring and she would just run through it. I looked on the net and saw the Dr Cook and decided to give it a go - the best thing i ever did was buy a bitless bridle - dont get me wrong its not a magic wand but she has totlally changed and i am so pleased with her (i was thinking of seeling her) Now she has a home for life which is what i wanted in the first place. Just remember there doesnt have to be anything medically wrong just the metal in the mouth!!! Dr Cook is highly recommended by me !! Sorry about the lenghty reply -GOOD LUCK !!!!

 

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lauraa099

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lauraa099 says:

RE: Should I try a bitless bridle? My horse is super strong. Even a kimblewick with a curb chain can't stop him. So, does anyone know if a bitless bridle would be a good idea? Thanks.

Hi, where i work most of our horses have bitless bridle's as we found that people were using the bit too much and pulling on there mouths. One of our horses used to have a bit and would just fight against it the more you would try he would just fight and fight against it. So we resorted in using a bitless as one of our other horses had one and they were going well. We tried the bitless on him and found a drastic improvement, he would no longer pull against you and everything's going well with him. I would deffinetly try one but first in a secure area to make sure your horse is okay with it. Good luck!

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kookie1988

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kookie1988 says:

RE: Should I try a bitless bridle? My horse is super strong. Even a kimblewick with a curb chain can't stop him. So, does anyone know if a bitless bridle would be a good idea? Thanks.

My horse has had 2 months off from a bridle and bit due to neck issues. We started riding her in a headcollar and without stirrups. I honestly cannot describe the difference!! Before the break when she was in a bridle with either a pelham or snaffle she was fairly hard mouthed and would struggle to halt when asked, pulling with her mouth and  ignoring the bit. I have had her in the halter for 3 weeks, riding every day using my leg aids and seat.

I also tied a neck strap round her and used this to encourage her to stop. It took a few days of schooling but now she stops nice and square and listens to my aids not my hands. It might be totally worth you taking some time away from a bridle and bit and just going back to basic schooling to enable your horse to become more aware of your seat and leg aids.

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horsymad

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horsymad says:

RE: Should I try a bitless bridle? My horse is super strong. Even a kimblewick with a curb chain can't stop him. So, does anyone know if a bitless bridle would be a good idea? Thanks.

Bitless bridles aren't just like a headcollar. They put pressure in certain places without hurting the horse, but the pressure is just right to make him do what you want him to. It is just what you prefer. I think you should try a bitless bridle and see how it goes.

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