Something’s missing here: Bitless bridles
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.
(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.
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