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Bitless Bridles

For those who believe in the comfort and physical/psychological health of their horse, a bitless bridle is a natural choice.

One hundred or more behavioral problems in the horse are bit-induced. Bits are a common cause of bone spurs on the bars of the mouth and head shaking (facial neuralgia) along with many behavioral problems such as bolting, rearing, teeth grinding, head tossing, and being hard to bridle.

A bitless bridle can provide better communication than a bit or natural hackamore/rope halter, and more reliable brakes and backup than a bit. Freedom from pain results in calmness and confidence and this can even translate to a better stride and improved movement, including improved hoof function.

LightRider English Euro Bitless Bridle.

A Bitless Bridle is a wonderful tool for starting young horses under saddle as it allows them to focus on learning the aids instead of worrying about the discomfort and strange new feeling in their mouth from a bit. And there are plenty of riders who have taken horses to high levels of education bitless proving that good education can replace the bit or any other piece of equipment we use on the horse to control it.

Many entrepreneurial riders have now manufactured bitless bridles to give us plenty of choices to suit different horses and disciplines. The styles and types now available vary widely from those with overall head-hugging pressure, to leverage, to simple nose pressure. These are available in a large range of materials from rope to leather and synthetic and can be either a full bridle or a noseband attachment.

For example, my contribution to the bitless revolution is the LightRider Bitless Bridle (one style pictured here) that horses love for its gentle action and comfort, and riders love for its good looks. “We can use a bit of steel and pain (or the threat of it) to control our horse OR we can use a bit of education and understanding – which do you choose?” The articles below will help you understand more about the different bitless bridles and how they work.

Bitless Science

The science around riding bitless is limited but here are some helpful articles and sources. Both of these articles have… Read More

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Articles and Posts

Safer Rope Halters and Bitless Bridles - Did you know you can have safer rope halters and bitless bridles with a simple breakaway point?  Have you ever thought about what would happen if your horse caught their rope bridle or halter on something solid – like a gate latch, or a hitching rail, or tree branch? Rope bridles and halters without a …

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LightRider Bitless Bridles has a new global brand Ambassador -   Recently the World Bitless Association ran a campaign to find their ‘Champion Bitless Ambassador’. LightRider Bridles were one of the 4 brand sponsors, each also awarding their own brand ambassador from the entries submitted. Exmoor Pony gelding Monsieur Chapeau with owner Dawn Westcott won the LightRider Champion Bitless Ambassador. The pair was also awarded …

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How to Clean Rope Halters and Bitless Bridles - The best way to clean your rope bitless bridles or rope halters is actually in the washing machine! You can also use this method to clean most other types of synthetic tack such as biothane or nylon halters, girths, reins and breastplates. All you need are some pillowcases with string ties or mesh bags that you …

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New Products & Savings - LightRider Bitless Bridles Update The bridle design has recently been changed to strengthen the noseband/cheekpiece join so it can cope with more pressure. Originally, the traditional styled bridles (English, Euro and Stockhorse) were designed to be used for well educated horses who respond to light rein pressure. But with more people changing to bitless, a wider variety of  horses are …

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Choosing the Best Bitless Bridle - by Cynthia Cooper Over the past 5 or 6 years bitless bridles have increased in popularity and so have the number of available styles. Like bits, they can have very different actions and levels of comfort for the horse, so choosing a bitless bridle comes down to knowing how the various designs work and what …

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Bitless Bridles – What’s the Difference? - Until a few years ago there used to be very few choices if you wanted to ride without a bit in your horse’s mouth. The Star Hackamore was an old favourite style of bitless bridle. There was the western style bosal, the mechanical hackamore or the rope halter, mostly used by western riders, showjumpers and …

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Insurance Issues for Bitless Bridles or No Helmet. - Insurance or lack of it is a big issue at the moment for many horse riding activities so if you’re lucky enough to be covered, it may pay to check what activities you’re covered for. You may also like to check if there are any exclusions such as no coverage when you don’t use a …

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Bitless Riding Differences - Is bitless riding the same as with a bit? When riding with a bitless bridle, there are some perceived, and a couple of real differences to riding with a bit that will help with your transition and training. Confident riders and well educated horses who have a good basic foundation generally won’t have a problem …

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Bitless – Challenges and Solutions - © Glenn Wilson July 2011 A look at some reasons why a person chooses to ride their horse bitless. These may be reasons that are not immediately apparent. The decision by some horse riders to go bitless brings many of them face to face with more controversy, more issues, more challenges and more personal revelations …

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Bitless Endorsement by Horse Safety Australia - LightRider Bitless Bridles Endorsed by Horse Safety Australia I am very pleased to announce that after almost a year of trialling the LightRider Bitless Bridle and Bitless Noseband, the executive of Horse Safety Australia have given their endorsement. “it is something the executive were happy to endorse, especially considering the quality of the materials in your …

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Bitless Science - The science around riding bitless is limited but here are some helpful articles and sources. Both of these articles have the same title, but different information. One focuses on the physical damage a bit can cause to the horse, and the other on a study done to evaluate the difference between young horses started with …

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6 thoughts on “Bitless Bridles”

  1. Hi I’m after the bitless nose part converter that attaches to my bridle . I would like black leather in warmblood size. I live in NZ the South Island and it looks like you can still post to here. Thanks Fiona

  2. Louise Morgan

    I want to buy a dr cook bitless bridle but no one will post to Australia!!!!!!!

  3. Hi I am looking for a kind Bitless bridle for our rescue he is shire boy who is approx 17.2 hh please

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