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Bitless Bridles Reviewed

Bits have been the go-to piece of tack for thousands of years as far as controlling and steering a ridden or driven horse. For the longest time there wasn’t much available in the way of alternatives. Now, however, horse owners or riders do have an option. Several, in fact. Rather than acting on the mouth (mainly the lips, poll and bars) as traditional bits do, bitless bridles apply pressure to the horse’s nose, poll, face and chin groove. This may be desirable when training a young horse or working with an older horse that has had an injury or some traumatic experience related to having a bit in his mouth. It may be the only option for a horse with a facial deformity such as a severe parrot mouth or even tooth damage. And should this prove necessary, it allows a horse to eat comfortably while wearing his bridle. Riders…

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