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Re: [RC] bitless bridle - Maryanne Gabbani

I think it really depends on the? horse. I have one that I tried on a couple of my horses. One didn't like it at all and was utterly unimpressed by it. I usually ride her with a low port straight snaffle (don't know if that is the exact name of it but there is no leverage and it isn't broken but does have a slight arch in the center.) and she HATES broken snaffles. Then I tried it on a gelding who is an old schoolmaster who was thoroughly sick of having the kids at his last home yank on his mouth. He is completely controllable in it and doesn't point his nose in the air. He also finds absolutely no problem with eating and drinking with it on...specially the eating part.

Maryanne

On Feb 18, 2006, at 6:51 AM, tracey smith wrote:

I borrowed one last summer from a friend that had one as I was considering one and I don't think either myself or my horse were impressed.?
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I had the same concern about the tightness of the noseband restricting their ability to eat and drink and my mare did seem to object to the chin pressure...and she does not object to a curb chain on a normal bit so I know this "bugged her".
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I also found I lacked some of the fine lateral control you have with a snaffle bit.? My mare IS NOT always easy to rate and the bridle was not really a problem in that area although I admit to being VERY NERVOUS asking for a canter in it the first time (visions of runaway frieght trains danced in my head) but speed control was not an issue.
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I was just overall NOT convinced I needed to spend $80 or 90 on one...so I stuck with what I'd been using.
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Tracey
What would you attempt to do, If you knew you couldn't fail?
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