I sometimes hear the phrase, ‘It’s amazing that you ride bitless’. Then; your horses must be very quiet, you must be a great rider, you must be an experienced horse trainer and then; how do you stop your horse?, I could never do that my horse is way too hot/forward/fast/naughty, isn’t it dangerous?, I’d love to go bitless but I could never control my horse without a bit and other well-meaning comments. Some people think that to ride a horse without a bit is something only for
Recently while doing a bitless presentation, I discovered that the main thing people wanted to know was how to transition to a bitless bridle. Over the 10 years I’ve been using cross-under bitless bridles, I’ve developed exercises that make the transition from riding with a bit to without a bit seamless. Below I will describe step by step how to do this easily with any horse. Ensure correct fitting. A badly fitting bridle can distract the horse and/or reduce communication. Th
I was recently talking with a lady who understood that animals are sentient and should be treated with respect and kindness. But even though she was clear about how animals should be treated she had trouble getting her head around the idea of riding with a bitless bridle. This got me to thinking about the ‘culture of horse riding’.
In this culture it is a known fact that you cannot control a horse without a bit. It is ok to use force and pain to make a horse do want you wan
I was very fortunate when I changed all my horses from being ridden with a bit to a bitless bridle. Without exception they all took to the bitless bridle without a problem. At the time I just thought that was normal and everyone’s horses would be the same. Since then I’ve learnt a few things. Sometimes when I meet a new horse and their owner wants to try bitless, the horse doesn’t take to it instantly. So I developed a training program to assist the transition to a bitless br