How bitless isn’t all the rage…
Every horse is different – when it comes to mouth shape and sensitivity. Some horses simply cannot make peace with a bit, others are bothered by a bridle.
My sensitive Lusitano gelding Regalo tends to curl up with even some gentle bits. For him, the answer is an original Meroth Freedom snaffle (caution, don’t buy a knock off, more about that in this blog post).
When I approach him just with reins and attached bit in hand, he willingly opens his mouth and lets me place the bit inside, then patiently stands while I fasten the bit at his jaw. I make sure to have two finger wiggle room as I don’t want to tie the tongue down, simply stop the bit from falling out.
Riding with gentle contact makes for a relaxed horse. No metal in the mouth, no bridle hugging the head.
Regalo seems happy, is responsive and no longer curls up.
Besides, doesn’t he look handsome without bridle?
5 Signs Your Horse Is Unhappy with Bit or Bridle
- Shakes head
- Grinds teeth
- Doesn’t take bit
- Curls up (behind the bit)
- Tension in poll and TMJ
What do you think? What are your experiences with bit and bridle? Do you use a leather bit by Meroth? Comment below.
As always, enjoy your horse!