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Bitless Bridles And Halters

There are several variations in bitless bridle or training halters which each exert pressure around the horses’ heads depending on the types. When a good quality rope or rein is used the horse essentially yields away from the pressure applied on different parts of horse body.Pressure will be around the side of the face, poll or across the bridge of their nose.They also include the side pull bridle, bosal, rope halters, and bitless bridle:

Bitless Bits And Bridles

Bitless bridles and bits are widely used for training horses and re-training of horses but also for those horses who prefer not to have a conventional bit in their mouths for sensitivity reasons or rider preference. These bits still need to be used by experienced rider, because when good quality bitless horse bits are used correctly then the rider should be able to use minimal pressure to gain the desired response. Bits such as the English and German Hackamore should only be used by well-informed riders due to the length of shank, nose and poll pressure.Especially the German version, require a very light touch from the riders point of view and therefore should not be used by inexperienced hands.

Bitless Bits And Bridles Types Of Bitless Bits

Types Of Bitless Bits

Bitless Bits includes the German and English Hackamore which both exert pressure on the bridge of the horse’s nose and the poll.


The bosal consists of a nose-band that varies in size, with thick nose-bands for horses who are just beginning their training. and thinner nose-bands are for horses ready to progress into a bit or hackamore. At the base of the noseband sitting below the horses’ jaw, there is a knot called the heel knot and it is from this that the rope rein is attached for communication. When the rope is used pressure is applied to the horse’s nose and side of the face causing them to turn their heads away from the pressure.

Bitless Bridle

There are a couple of bitless bridles around at the moment such as Dr. Cook and Scawbrig, which look very similar in appearance to an English bridle; the bridle consists of a headpiece which stretches down the face and attaches directly to the noseband, there is a browband and two throatlashes’s that drop down from each side of headpiece crossing under the horses jaw looping through two rings at each side of the noseband and then continue on tho another end ring to which the horse reins are subsequently attached. Instead of the bit, the horse reins pass through rings positioned at either side of the front of the noseband and when one rein is used pressure is applied to the opposite side of the face in a similar way that a sidepull works. When both horse reins are used together with pressure to the front of the nose is applied as well as some to the pool area as well.

Side Pull

Side pull is the term used to describe the action that the halter has upon the horse. The side pull works by applying pressure to the horse’s face when the rein is pulled causing the horse to soften into the chosen direction.

Rope Halter

The rope halter is a good example of a side pull and is often used with young horses. The rope halters often contain several knots positioned at either side of the nose and upper part of the jaw. When the rein slack is taken up pressure is applied to those areas causing the horse to soften and bend in the direction of the rein pull.

Sidepull Bridle

Sidepull Bridle looks similar in design to an ordinary bridle or headcollar and has rings on either side of the noseband for rein attached when rein pressure is applied the bridle applies to the face on the opposite side essentially pushing the horse towards the bend.

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