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 being educated with these styles so a more robust bridle is required.
We actually recommend the rope Natural LightRider as a better choice for education, but we can’t dictate a customer’s preference for a certain look!
The new English, Euro and Stockhorse style LightRider bridles now look the same as the bitless noseband on a regular bridle that has lower cheek piece buckles for holding the bit.
This offers the choice of being able to use a bit (for the transition phase or competition) making the bridle more versatile, and enables parts of the bridle to be easily replaced.
We will always have the stitched on nosebands available for the biothane range in the custom (Tasmanian made) version for those that prefer not having the additional cheek buckles. Beta Biothane is a much stronger material, so stitching holds better than with leather. Custom biothane bridles are available by pre-ordering with a 2-3 week manufacturing time.
Please check the description of each bridle in the online store, to see which combinations are available in the new style as new stock arrives.
The LightRider Stockhorse bitless bridles in English leather are on sale now until sold out. Were $149 – now $99.
These are the original style with a stitched noseband and only recommended for educated horses that respond to light rein pressure. Save $30 on this beautiful leather bridle that looks and feels great, and is one of the most comfortable traditionally styled bitless bridles. Available here in black and brown, cob, full and warmblood size (black only).
Best bridle I’ve ever owned
“My pony has a dropped palette so can’t have a bit in his mouth. He is really happy in this bridle. All the things you can do with a normal bridle you can do in a LightRider bridle. The quality of the leather is excellent. I wouldn’t swap this bridle for anything else. The sizing is perfect for my pony. I’m in the UK and the bridle arrived within five days. Also thought the price was good too.” Review Posted by Jane on 24th Jul 2014.
Hoof Rescue showing real results
We received this great feedback from Jan Barratt (Janmark Arabians & Equine Rehabilitation)
“Just wanted to update you both on the results I’ve had since feeding the Hoof Rescue mix to my herd of four horses – it has been very noticeable.
Hoof Rescue was introduced over 3 weeks ago now and I am thrilled with the results. Shamah has been a seedy toe case for some time and over I have eliminated sugars, changed the way the are paddocked, fed mountains of copper sulfate and lots of blood, sweat and tears – mostly from me lol!
After working my way through all these and adding Biotin to the diet and still not getting improvement I did some research and noticed that Cynthia was selling the mineral mixes and after discussing further with Cynthia about her own experiences, this seemed to me to be the next logical step in trying to overcome this most insidious disease.
Two weeks ago between trims I cleaned out the cavity in Shamah’s hoof where the seedy toe had hold and noticed there was considerably less and yesterday when my farrier was here we found that the cavity was completely clear and clean – the first time in a year – yay !!! Also the new growth on all four horses feet, while small at this stage is very noticeable.”
Read How Minerals Affect Horses Hooves for more detailed info.
New Hoof Boot Scoots!
Dave MacDonald, inventor of the Old Mac Hoof Boots has come up with another winner – the Scoot Boot.
Several times over the past 12 months, my horses have patiently stood to have the boot prototypes and size shells fitted to their hooves as Dave tweaked the design and sizing.
This boot is incredibly quick and easy to put on, and sits below the hairline with a soft, flexible pastern strap. It has a nice breakover and what I like most is how light they are so the horse hardly notices they are wearing them.
It looks like a real winner with great feedback from endurance riders who have tested the boot, saying it fitted a good range of hooves and stayed on very securely over all types of terrain.
The official website will be online soon and for now you can see more info on the Scoot Boot Facebook page, where you can enter a competition to win one of 3 pairs.
Hoof Care practitioners can also register to become a Scoot Boot Retailer.
The Scoot Boot is currently in production and will be available in early April 2015.
The Horse’s Hoof Magazine NEW free preview
Get a taste of the quality info shared in this Barefoot Hoofcare magazine written by Yvonne Welz in the USA. Issue 53 – Winter 2014, can now be shared with everyone: a 50 page spectacular issue filled with so many great hoof stories and articles!
You can download the low res and/or high res PDF files right here: thehorseshoof.com/sub_preview.html and online subscriptions are available too.
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