As previously mentioned, some horses are really sensitive with a bit, and that’s why you should consider making that transition. Just keep in mind that it takes a bit of time for the horse to get used to the new halter.
And what I’ve seen so far is that putting on a witless bridle on that type of horse will make them go much quieter. And you will also be able to get rid of some problems head tossing, teeth grinding, or some general anxiety that the horse is feeling just because of having that bit and the association that they have with that.
If you are confused and don’t have a clue where to begin, let this article guide you through the buying process as well as a list of top 8 witless bridles that are at the top of the popularity chart and horse riders. It allows the horse to respond to pressure by using two strategically placed knots.
This Nylon bridle is a great alternative to an expensive leather witless halter. It’s the ideal bridle for someone that just wants to try out a side pull but don’t want to spend too much for a top-quality leather product.
There are a lot of horses that will respond quickly to the action of a side pull. It’s well stabilized, and you won’t have any problem with the bridle twisting around the nose of your horse.
The Classic Biothane is a uniquely designed witless bridle that is unlike anything you have seen before. The straps help you adjust the bridle underneath the jaw automatically.
When you pull a single rein, this bridle will not shift position. The unique design also eliminates the need for a throat latch and a chin strap and makes it very easy to put it on a horse.
It gives your horse the freedom to graze around, eat, chew, and lick as much as he wants without restricting any movement. You clip this bridle into the rein strap rings, and this one will function as a halter.
This will the ideal halter style bridle for riding in the winter because, in the cold, metal bits are no fun. To complete this bridle, it comes with web reins that are also made from high-quality leather.
Halter-style bridle 100% genuine leather Controls the horse via pressure points It comes with high-quality web reins This crossover styles witless bridle from Wonder Care is made from 100% genuine vegetable-tanned leather that is chrome free and long-lasting.
The hardware is solid and made from stainless steel, which makes them rust and corrosion resistant. Because with bits, you are restricting the horse’s ability to stride freely.
Even if you have unsteady hands, this bridle will not frighten or injure the horse. To steer, all you need to do is squeeze on one rein, which will create a push action on the opposite half of the head.
Since it distributes the pressure over a large area without causing any pain, the horses are more likely to respond to this action. Speaking of durability, the hardware is solid stainless steel to increase the lifespan of the bridle ; heavy reinforced stitching is applied.
The bridle is assembled in Texas and made from 100% genuine leather. It’s primarily made for a full-size horse, but you can get the cob size bridle to fit an Arabian.
In fact, the whole bridle is made from fine quality leather. It features a beautifully curved nose band and brow band that are padded, soft, and comfortable.
It only lacks a chin strip, but apart from that, I would say it’s a good bridle for beginners. To kind of put them roughly in categories, we have witless bridles like the side pulls that work off of just direct pressure.
General Opinion The main reason why most horse riders prefer to go witless is that these are generally easier to put on for trail riding, and they also provide more freedom to a horse to eat and drink and if you are doing long-distance riding. You need to know how it’s working, where the pressure is being applied so that you can understand if your horse is doing certain things and how it might be potentially triggering those certain behaviors.
For example, it applies pressure straight back on the nose, and it also uses a little of pulley action to tighten the strap underneath the head. There are some horses that don’t mind this at all, and there are others that react strongly to this squeezing pressure in the beginning.
Give him time to develop cues to the new type of pressure that he is feeling in this different style bridle. For example, it’s not quite easy to trigger responses such as flexion or some sort of bending.
There is also a little more definite control over the nose because it doesn’t have the squeezing action of a cross under style. For example, there is the natural sycamore which works by applying pressure on the nose of a horse.
While both put pressure on the nose, the mechanical one has a strap or a curb chain under the horse’s jaw. There are other leverage style sycamores the put pressure on both the underside of the jaw and the nose.
But you have to understand the pressure points and how the cue is being applied with the style you choose. Go with the inexpensive ones first and if it suits your horse, buy a more expensive high-quality bridle.
If it fits well, you will have better control, and you won’t have to worry about putting unnecessary pressure. Because with any piece of equipment, you can use them harshly, but these don’t use a lot of leverage pressure.
A bit is just something the rider uses when they can't control them without. For casual riding, I was just going to use a rope halter and lead. For western showing, I was thinking of the basal sycamore.
But, whenever I go to put it on, she lifts her head in the air, and yawns forever... like she is preparing her mouth for it. She's a good girl, I have ridden with just a halter, even without anything multiple times.
For speed events... she can do them, but not full on like some riders. I think she'd be fine in jumping just on low levels.
The horse I ride does the opposite. Leans down into the bit and is then fine. Some parents might raise a fuss(especially if you win. My coach can't cross into Western with her gained horse. But this girl who NEVER wins can show her strung-out trotting horse in the gained division).
I've seen parents scream for do-overs at a freaking' fun show. Also, some judges won't place you for using 'unconventional' equipment. That being said, you should do whatever you can to make your horse more versatile in different situations.
Many require a bit for horses over the age of 5 in western events, and most require a bit in all English events (except jumpers, which is a speed event that would likely not be good for your horse). I would have a vet look at her teeth. Put some molasses or honey on the bit to help her accept it more readily.
Make sure to NEVER bang her teeth with the bit when you're putting it in or removing it. To get her to turn, I just place my hand on the opposite side of her neck that I want her to turn and put a tiny leg pressure from the outside leg, and she spins that direction immediately.
With the halter, I barely put pressure with my hands, squeezed my legs and clucked.... she backed up far and really quickly. Normally when I ride, both her ears are back and rarely come forwards.
Also, she kept playing with her mouth, like licking her lips while I rode, is that a good sign? I guess for showing, I will have to ask their rules, and she will have to wear a bit for that.
I wouldn't be surprised if you were inadvertently hurting her with a piece of tack. If you watch Eric Lamaze and other riders at Spruce Meadows some of them use sycamores.
It is illegal in dressage and I have no clue about western but in Show Jumping and Cross-Country it is allowed. I have a friend whose horse absolutely loves the sycamore.
For some reason he's happier they with a bit, never asked the owner why. She uses this kind Click This Link Meanwhile my horse hated it, he got super ****ed and didn't listen in the sycamore.
One can get incredible bend with it, much more than in a bit and the other's horse is just Uber happy. Her bridle fits her fine as well, and she doesn't act like she's in pain when it's on.
I wouldn't really enjoy a bar of metal in my moth, getting pulled on. Her teeth are due in spring as well, I don't think there is anything wrong with her physically.
I find that fitting a sycamore of this type or a Little S needs a headstall with shorter cheek pieces, and nice firm leather, maybe double thickness. You can't necessarily just go down to a cob size either because the brow band needs to be long enough to help keep the cheeks out of the eyes.
Terry Myers uses a piece of flannel from a shirt on the nose bands of his side pulls. If you and your horse work well together with a sycamore, it is worth the trouble to fit it well.
A rope sycamore with a properly tied Hecate IS a basal. I use sycamores on most my horses, especially in the cold winters.
I also use the braided nose one, but I find the shanks are too long and can be very severe. I never let beginners ride with a sycamore as it is a severe piece of equipment.
I found it was much more severe than a jointed snaffle, but the horses were more relaxed and could snack on our trail rides. Sycamores are only allowed in Jumpers and Cross Country events; both are Aiken to the western world's “speed events” and are judged on time and jumps cleared.
If the OP doesn't want to show her horse in speed western events, then it's not likely her horse is suitable for these English events either. Hunter or Hunter Under Saddles classes and Dressage both require a bit. Hunter classes are the most common “English” events in open or breed shows that combine multiple disciplines.
All I have ever seen or attended require an approved bit, at schooling or rated shows. If a rider uses non-approved tack, they may be disqualified from the class or not placed in the ribbons.
I use a bit because my sport says its illegal to use a sycamore for part of it. Aside from the fact that I've always used a bit and my horse responds well to a simple french link snaffle.
But I had a little Arab mare that tried to constantly touch the sky with her nose...my trainer put her in a basal with horsehair reins, and it made all the difference. A bit is something they invented to control the horse and tune up riding cues.
I can't afford to pay another couple hundred dollars just to see if she needs her teeth done. We need to work on that a bit more, as she is amazing at neck reining.
I think the English saddle is fitting her wrong as well... she had her ears pinned and tried to buck a couple of times.