Something’s missing here: Bitless bridles

One of our most popular products over at our shop is the bitless bridle. You may have seen these a time or two and wondered, ‘Isn’t something missing there?’

The bitless bridle has fans both in the English and Western worlds. Instead of placing pressure on the bars of the horse’s mouth, it may work by putting pressure on the bridge of the horse’s nose or on the poll, depending on how the bridle is constructed.

One of the most popular styles of bitless bridle is the sidepull, illustrated below. On a sidepull, the reins attach to loops attached to the cheekpieces.

Another style is the crossunder. These bitless bridles create leverage by crossing the reins under the horse’s nose, adding poll pressure to the equation.400 cross under (2)

(Sidenote: We sell a two-in-one bitless bridle that can easily converts between a crossunder and a sidepull. Check it out!)

Many riders prefer a bitless bridle, sometimes also called a hackamore, because it eliminates some horses’ need to fight and overpower increasingly-harsh bits, and gives them more exacting control. Others consider many bits harsh and unnecessary, and feel more connected and in tune with their horse when riding without a bit.

Some trainers like to start young horses off in bitless bridles since their permanent teeth aren’t finished emerging.

Learn more about the evolution of bitless bridles here.

Sidepull bitlessAlso, Happy Cyber Monday to all! Don’t forget about our Christmas ornament giveaway going on today. We’re still shipping orders in plenty of time for them to be under your tree, so don’t hesitate to stop by our shop.52


Posted on December 2, 2013, in Helpful articles, Our Products and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Which version would be more appropriate to try on a horse that’s used to going with a bit?

    • Hi there!
      We’d recommend going with something like our two-in-one bitless (, which converts between a sidepull and a crossunder. That way you can try out the two most common types of bitless without having to buy two bridles. There are lots of different types of bitless bridles but we find the sidepulls and crossunders to be the most popular, which is why we combined them. It’s really tough to know which type a horse who’s used to a bit will prefer, but since the sidepulls don’t have the added poll leverage that crossunders do, I would start there–personally I prefer to start light and build pressure if needed to keep the horse relaxed. Hope that helps!

  2. how much are they

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