Bit vs. Bitless? It depends!

Bitted or bitless is idle chatter if there is no horse in the conversation. via Bit or Bitless? You Won’t Like the Answer. — Relaxed I love this posting by Anna Blake, probably because it reinforces my own experiences in the Bit vs. Bitless debate. Which is better? It depends! I’ve had horses that loved going […]

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Riding bitless doesn’t mean lack of control

No, Kelly McKnight did not forget his bridle. He also didn’t forget that horses get some “say” in how they are ridden. When you read the horse bulletin boards you’d think there was a “magic bit” du jour. That if your dressage horse doesn’t like a loose ring snaffle, if your show hunter isn’t perfectly […]

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LG bridle to the rescue

Over the past few days I’ve continued to swap around bits and bitless bridles with Sheldon to see if I could encourage him to relax. The Micklem bridle without the bit seemed like a good bet but after a small spook and (short) run episode I wondered if perhaps it didn’t offer quite enough control. […]

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A nice demonstration of bitless riding

Although I have nothing against bitless riding (I rode my last horse bitless), I rarely see good examples of it on YouTube. Here’s a video of Uta Gräf riding the Holsteiner stallion Le Noir bitless schooling some Grand Prix movements. Very nice riding, indeed! Of course it could be argued that she is an exceptional […]

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How to assemble the Micklem Multibridle

I could have used this when I first bought mine! I got a bunch of pieces in a plastic bag with no instructions. Sure, I thought, how difficult can it be? I’ve put together any number of bridles in the past. Creating a side pull bridle was a piece of cake. Figuring out some of […]

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Riding bitless – is it all or nothing?

Recently I got this comment/question from Valerie L. It’s a good one so I thought I’d answer it in a post rather than in the comments. I’m new to all this but have been thinking of using a bitless bridle on my 10 year old as the idea of having a steel bar in the […]

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Micklem Multibridle – Medium and Strong Bitless Configurations

The Micklem Multibridle offers three bitless configurations that offer increasing levels of control. To accomplish this, the bridle uses different pressure points on the horse’s head, rather than simply increasing the pressure on a single area (for example, a hackamore is more or less harsh depending on the length of the shanks). As I wrote […]

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