In an archiac move, the dressage committee voted against allowing any form of bitless bridles in competition.
In clinical studies, it has been proven that the placement of the bit causes the horse to move its tongue for swallowing and this movement prohibits air from entering the lungs.
Also there is evidence that a bit places undue and unnatural constraints upon the neck and shoulder muscles of the horse, which causes the horse to not use it's back muscles correctly.
Loose, light, supple and unconstrained are words used to describe dressage, so why then does the FEI dressage committee force competitors to inflict the exact opposite upon their horses?
I ride without a bit and have done so since 1988, and I ride dressage with only ounces of contact pressure between my fingers and the reins, versus the pouunds of pressure being applied currently in the competition ring.
I do believe that dressage riders throughout this country should apply pressure to FEI to enforce the abuse rules they have in place and to enforce the mission statement placing the health and welfare of the horse at the highest.
Well, regardless of thinking bits are cruel or anything of the sort (I don't think they are cruel, but can be in the wrong hands (like anything)), I have a hard time wondering why they would NOT allow a bitless bridle???
Well he's putting those horses in danger by jumping them, for two reasons clearly riding is not their first talent and the horses jump BAD!!! Don't worry about the FEI and bridles learn a little something about riding and correct form for both the horse and rider...Safety first!!!
Now I know that i am easily fooled buuuuut I just watched a bunch of horses fly around the track at Belmont last Saturday with bits in their mouths.....and i could swear they were breathing just fine. but then...what do I know.
What's the difference between this bitless and dr. cooks? Or is there a difference? It kinda looks the same.
Dr. Cook's is a style of bitless bridle that involves pressure over the poll just like a gag bridle. Just loked at this guy's site, same gadget. We can't use gag bridles in dressage, this is basically a western side-pull crossed with a gag bridle! I fail to see how vicing the horse's head in this gadget is so much nicer than a direct pressure snaffle bit that acts on 1 part of the horse's face, not its entire head.