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Nurtural Bitless Bridle
As is often the case, we tried the Nurtural Bitless Bridle as a last resort for an off-the-track thoroughbred that was a complete run away. We took Ginny in as a rescue when her previous owners decided she was too much horse for them. She was sweet and mild mannered when you worked with her on the ground and in a halter, but would start running faster and faster when you started pulling on the bit. Nothing worked at slowing her down. With nothing to lose, we tried the Nutural Bitless Bridle.

The video above of Ginny posted by her previous owner to help sell her. I want to start by saying that the rider is very good. She has soft still hands and a good seat. Her riding is helping Ginny. Despite this, notice how tense Ginny is, how she keeps pulling her head down on the bit (eg: see 24 second mark), and how uncollected and stiff she is moving. Again, this is NOT the rider - it is the bit. At the 1 minute, 5 second mark, the owner is having to seesaw on her mouth to get her to break down to the walk. When Ginny was in a bit, that was the only way to stop her. What saddens me the most is what you see at the 11 second mark - Ginny's mouth is open from the pain.
Here is a video of Ginny in a Nurtural Bitless Bridle. Her rider is an intermediate beginner. She is still learning to keep her hands still and to sit with a deep seat. This was Ginny's first ride in several weeks and her first time working on the lawn instead of in the round pen. And the wind was wild. Despite this, Ginny is softer, more collected, yielding to the pressure and staying relaxed through her body. Even more amazing, this runaway now stops easily, moving from a canter to a walk at the end of the video while staying relaxed. You never see Ginny pulling at the reins like she did in the video above. Watch at the 46 second mark. The reins are tighter than they were in the previous video, and the hands are less still, but Ginny is still relaxed. You see this again at 3:05 mark. At 2:34 she stops and backs up, staying relaxed. At 4:03, the rider is able to stay in control as the horses in the background break into play. Without the pain of the bit, Ginny is able to keep her head, even with a less experienced rider.  
The change in Ginny got me thinking about my beginner lesson horses. New students always pull too much on the horses mouth when they learn. A good beginner horse is forgiving of this pain, knowing the person doesn't mean it. But why would I subject my horses to this pain at all? I bought Nurtural Bitless Bridles for all my beginner lesson horses. Again, we saw changes in the horses – they became easier to catch, and looked forward to the lessons more than they had before.
If the beginner horses were happier, and the problem horse was better behaved, why wouldn't I use the Nurtural on all my horses? Well, when I actually thought about it, I realized that the only reason I used a bit at all was because that was how it was always done. And that's really not a good reason to put cold, hard steel in my horse's soft, tender mouth. So I bought Nurtural Bitless Bridles for all my horses, and became a dealer so that I could help more horses be ridden in a kinder way. We use the Nurtural Bitless Bridle to start our youngsters, to tame the wild ones and to help our seasoned horses stay soft and collected. 



If you don't believe that you can control your horse using the Nurtural Bitless Bridle, give us a call. We will come out to your farm with a demo bridle for you to try. We promise you will be impressed!
Please visit the Nurtural Bitless Bridle official site for styles and pricing.
Mobile: (905)517-6859

40 Irvine Road   York, ON  N0A 1R0