I was disappointed in the neck reining part. It didn’t seem any easier than my regular training method, which is to 1. lay the rein over the neck with one hand and 2.direct-rein the face with the other until the horse recognizes both signals and you can stop the direct rein. I guess the Bitless does the same thing with one hand?
I also use a Bitless bridle or a nose-knotted side pull halter for all beginners in my program. However, I like it best for horses that have been bit-traumatized. They seem to benefit the most from its action. Otherwise, the knotted-nose side pull seems to be as efficient and a lot less expensive.
GrandmaStillTeaches in San Diego
I have ridden my very gentle horse in a Clinton Anderson halter for 6 years. I recently got a new horse that is a little more high strung. However, with some concentrated ground work (in the halter), she is now very easily managed. I have changed to the knotted side pull halter just because I like the option of clipping reins or moving reins and giving direct rein to the face. I don’t feel the need for metal in the mouth OR a Bitless Bridle, but others may have more serious problems.
I found the bitless bridle very good for teaching beginners who might be hard on a horse’s face. But it didn’t work as well as I thought it would for horses that need a lot of control or are forward pushers. In fact, I didn’t like it at all in many instances because some well-trained horses began to lean on the bridle – to get heavy on the forehand. And real pushers get the hair rubbed off their nose in the leather versions.
I love the Bitless bridle. But it is very important that it be fitted correctly. I haven’t had a bad experience, but I only ride the two horses I have owned for many years.
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