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laylatheprincess

Lightrider bitless bridle reviews? comparisons with others?

Hello everyone , I am seriously considering switching to a bitless bridle. My horse Layla was started in a parelli halter and ridden that way for 20 odd rides before introducing a bit so the communication re Lateral Flexion and HQ disengagement is all there in a rope halter as well as a bit.

My question is what have been peoples experiences with the lightrider bitless bridle? It is the one I am considering (in particular the one with the rope halter attached not the leather one) for a number of reasons but I would love to hear feedback from others who have used them (good or not so good) and also other styles which people like.

Thanks in advance
Jodie
bit

Didn't feel like I had any breaks, and Eclipse ran right through it.  We did better with the Dr.  Cooks.  Right now, we are in a snaffle (happy mouth) and she is doing really well.  I don't use mine anymore.  She does better bridless than she did with that bitless bridle.  Does better with the Parelli hackamore.
thebundychick

I absOlutelty love mine , sante loves it, feel very safe,
Also broke in three horses using it, yeah two thumbs up
AlythLong

My horse wasn't too happy in it.  Nor did she like the Dr. Cooks.  But she is very happy in a noseband I bought from ebay "Knot Just Rope".  this fits onto our old leather bridle and I was so pleased with the first one I bought another!!  Alyth
Hertha

Got just the Lightrider noseband that can be fitted to a bridle.  I didn't like it and Boots liked it even less so we sold it again.

The one you are looking at might be quite different.

My horse doesn't need something that tightens under her chin.

I've ordered one from Sunset Halters that is like a Parelli halter but has rings in the side knots and a fixed strap under the nose band to help keep the nose band stable.

http://www.sunsethalters.com/bitless.php

But it hasn't arrived yet.
Gillies_mom

I bought the lightrider noseband too, and my girl hated it, then I realised it was rubbing under her chin, she had a thumb sized sore.  We now ride in the Dr Cooks and she's much happier.
Kate
thebundychick

I got the full rope one -(its purple )

The reason i went to the bitless, was I was finding that doing precision riding at speed in the rope halter was leading to miscommuncations, and Sante was having to "guess" when I couldn't give clear enough instructions - I was setting him up to fail - So went with the easy rider.

It works on the side pull theory, with a chin strap that tightens / loosens equivalent to rein pressure.

We don't do dressage or anything liek that in it (havent attempted it yet) but all the trail riding / sporting we've done he's really liked
PasoBaby_CarolU

I have never tried one after seeing gait problems with the Dr. Cook.  

I like the traditional Spanish hackamore (jaquima) which is used for initial training but can be used indefinitely as a bitless bridle.  It has clear communication for both lateral and vertical work.  I do dressage in mine.

http://pflus.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=3

I use these.  They are made of fine harness leather and last forever.   If you have a very large horse you might measure the head and make sure they'd fit.  They can custom make larger bridles.  They are good people to work with.
laylatheprincess

Thanks for that feedback everyone I too am looking at the rope one bundychick. I have been looking at all of the different styles of bitless over the last few days, I personally don't like the ones that operate on the "whole head hug" premise, I like the simplicity of the lightrider for this reason.

The woman who makes them lives in Tasmania, where I also live and they have a 30 day money back guarantee so I guess I can just try one and see what my horse has to say about it and how I like it and go from there.

We only do trailriding and I like to ride on a loose rein as much as possible, she seems happy and goes fine in her bit (Tom Thumb, snaffle, not the american tom thumb, just the plain one we have here in Australia)

I guess I just think it would be nicer for her not to have anything in her mouth and I also worry about those times we are riding along on a loose rein and she suddenly sees a horse eating round bale or log etc and does the "wallaby dart " (Aussie for those big shies where your horse dissapears from under you and magically is 20 feet to the left or right of where you were a second before

The potential for grabbing at the reins and therefore hurting their mouth in those situations is pretty high.

Anyway I will probably order one and let you all know how we go thanks again for all of your feedback.
kydawn

bitless

I love the endurobridle--its a rope sidepull made in Austrailia by lodgeropes--they also have other bitless designs.
kydawn

bitless

here is the link
http://www.freewebs.com/lodgeropes/

I have several kinds of bitless bridles and have found that some horses prefer different ones. I ride a paso fino that does really in the biothane light-rider and have used the Dr Cooks for years. I  find its best on horses that are very responsive and just need light cues. All of my horses begin their bitless journey in a rope hackamore and some are happiest in that.
whudson

I ahve the lightrider, rope style and have been riding with it for the last year and a half or so.  i really like it.  Recently though I have switched to use the reins on the halter as opposed to the chin strap. The chin strap tightens when the rein is tight and Kitt doesn't see a reason for this at all  He doesn't like pressure and is quite responsive so I switched the reins.  Since then he loves it...as in no more head tossing.  Now it is used more like a side pull.
Hertha

Hey Wanda,

I finally sourced one like yours in the pic from Sunset Halters.  They just arrived (I got two - one for a friend).  I love it.  Boots loves it.  It has only a direct action.  It has an optional chin-strap (very soft, flat and wide) to go under the jaw from ring to ring, to help stabilise the nosepiece, which I also got.

www.SunsetHalters.com
whudson

Great to hear Hertha...glad to help  
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