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Post by Meg on Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:06 am

Hello, I'm Megan from the yahoo group, I've been riding bitless for a few months now never want to go back.
My boy Zack who is a 16.2 ex-racing TB, is SOOO much more laid back, and happy in his DC than he ever was before and I just can't understand why more people don't try it! Rolling Eyes

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Post by Jo on Mon Sep 15, 2008 1:36 pm

Hi Meg - welcome to the forum! I am so delighted that your boy is so happy - what a difference removing a piece of iron from a horses mouth can make!!!!
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Post by Sydney on Mon Sep 15, 2008 7:39 pm

Welcome to the forum.
Good to hear you get along so well without a bit as most people do cheers

I said this before about people who are dead set against no bits- bitless is for every horse, not ever owner.
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Post by Admin on Tue Sep 16, 2008 5:13 am

Welocme to the forum Meg
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Post by lightertouch on Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:25 pm

Welcome Meg, glad you're getting on with your DC! cheers sunny
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Post by mazrush on Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:33 pm

Hi Meg. Good to hear someone with an ex racehorse is successfully usung a bitless bridle. That must confound the sceptics!
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Post by bohohorse on Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:15 pm

A racehorse bitless - who'd have thought Very Happy

Years ago I had the privilege of doing a training course at the British Racing school and was warned not to pull on the bit as racehorses understood that to mean 'go faster'. No wonder the poor blighters would rather be without!

Glad you made to the forum and that you are doing so well!
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Post by Cyndi on Wed Sep 24, 2008 7:52 am

Hi Megan!

Sorry I haven't welcomed you here sooner. Welcome here Very Happy

I loaned my bitless bridle to a teenager who has a Thoroughbred, which you may have read about in the bitless yahoo group. He hates all the bits she's been trying. I still haven't heard if she (and he) likes the bitless. She was away all weekend, and I don't know if she's had the opportunity to try this week yet. She's been to Zoe's website though.

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Post by Meg on Wed Sep 24, 2008 12:28 pm

Thanks everybody for your welcome(s)!
When I first got Zack he came with tack - french link snaffle with a flash noseband and a martingale. He head tossed, bunny-hopped, jogged and occasionly reared and spent most of the time trying to get his tongue over his bit and I went from being, admittidly a novice, but a fairly confident rider to a nervous wreck.
I was advised to sell him and get a horse that was not a TB.
I tried different bits which some of which seemed ok for a week or two then all the same behaviour would re-appear.
I got his teeth and back checked (teeth needed doing) but the behaviour continued.
After seeing bitless bridles on e-bay when looking for something else I started looking into them and decided to give bitless a try. Zack and me have not looked back since.
I haven't had any luck convincing anyone else at my yard to try it though and a more 'experienced' friend who was helping me with Zack in the early days (he's my first ever horse and I'm in my 40's) was horrified when I told her that I had got a bitless bridle to try him in. But we have proved everyone wrong who said I would have no control and now when we hack out with others - he's usually the calm ploddy one while others are spooking and jogging.
Anyway sorry for waffleing so long
Bye for now
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Post by Cyndi on Wed Sep 24, 2008 6:27 pm

That's so great to hear, Meg!! Bravo for going bitless!!

Wow, you sound like me...admittedly a novice, but fairly confident...and in your 40's (I just turned 40 this year). A few falls off of Fanny has me concentrating on ground work for now. She is fairly green and just needs some mileage, but I'm taking riding lessons to learn how to keep my balance better before I get into riding her more. She's not been bad, but I've put her in situations that she hasn't been ready for, and my balance was just off that much, so that's why I've fallen off. I found out I have a terribly low iron count, and that was causing me to be rather tired and groggy, so now that I'm on supplements I feel better and hope that my balance is better.
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