Dr. Cook's Bitless Bridle continues to be the most accepted, trusted bit free bridle you can buy, proven by over 100,000 riders from all over the world!  Independent rein straps and a smooth, comfortable noseband provides a clear, pain-free signal and instant release.

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This Month's Featured Bitless Horse:

Rafael A. Valle and his famous Golden Palomino Tennessee Walking Horse Stallion, Ivory Pal;  Naturally gaiting in his Dr. Cook® Bitless Bridle.  Ivory Pal performs barefoot and bitless, Visit his website:

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“I  have been using Dr. Cook's Bitless Bridle on Ivory Pal, and my other horses, since 2006.  The transition from using a snaffle bit to Dr. Cook's Bitless Bridle was seamless.  I have used it successfully for all events including trail riding and Ivory Pal's musical freestyle performances.  The myth that needs to be overcome in the horse world is that "control" comes from a metal bit.  This is far from the truth, as this metal bit "control" causes pain, especially if someone has rough hands.  Over time, horses get desensitized from this bit pain and become unresponsive.  Then, often times, a harsher and more painful bit is used.  The Dr. Cook Bitless Bridle is a better and more natural way to communicate with our horses.  They are also made of high quality material.  I have had both the leather and synthetic bitless bridles for eight years now and with little maintenance they are still in outstanding condition" Best wishes, Rafael A. Valle 

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A quiet revolution is now taking place that transforms the art and science of horsemanship. The Bitless Bridle provides a humane alternative to the Bronze Age technology of the bit. Unlike the bit, no pain is inflicted. Your horse is free from fear, listens more attentively, breathes more freely, and moves more gracefully. With a calm, less spooky horse, communication is enhanced, trust established, performance improved, and harmony achieved. Riding and driving becomes simpler, safer and more satisfying. Both you and your horse can relax and enjoy yourselves.

Although The Bitless Bridle is indisputably a bitless bridle it bears no other resemblance to the pre-existing and traditional bitless bridles, i.e., the hackamores, bosals, and sidepulls. In common with all bitted bridles, the traditional bitless bridles are pain-based in their mechanism. The Bitless Bridle  is the only bridle that ensures a pain-free rein aid. It works on an entirely new and different concept compared with all previous bridles. The Bitless Bridle  provides, as it were, full service communication, whereas the traditional bitless bridles all have limitations in their ability to provide for rider/horse communication. The hackamores and bosals, for example, make some provision for stopping (though with similar inherent problems to the bit method) but are weak on steering, whereas the sidepulls provide for steering but are weak on stopping. Furthermore, whereas the Bitless Bridle is applicable to all disciplines, the traditional bitless bridles are not. For a more comprehensive differentiation of the Bitless Bridle from the traditional bitless bridles, click here.

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The two cross-under straps move freely and independently of each other. Whatever the particular conformation of a horse's jaw, each strap falls naturally where it should and without the built in tension that results if they are locked together. Being themselves relaxed, they exert minimal stress to the skin they lie on and mould themselves comfortably to the contours of the jaw. Being themselves free to move, they automatically adjust to any movements of the jaw and to the constant flux of rein pressure. For these reasons, It is a principle of the design that the cross-under straps should not be united.

STEERING Brief pressure on one rein (yellow arrow) pushes painlessly but persuasively on the opposite half of the head (red arrows). Horses respond better to being pushed painlessly (nudged) with The Bitless Bridle(over a large surface area) than being pulled painfully by a bit (with highly focused pressure on the sensitive tissues of the mouth). Where the head goes the horse follows. Unlike the effect of a bit, that tends to twist a horse's head, the head stays upright and the turn is more natural and physiologically correct. By comparison with either bits or traditional bitless bridles (hackamores, bosals and sidepulls), more effective steering is one of the first benefits that riders notice. The Bitless Bridle 'works' with both direct and neck reining.

SLOWING AND STOPPING Brief pressure on both reins or alternate pressure on each rein applies a gentle squeeze to the whole of the head and triggers a 'submit' response. Braking is probably attributable to a combination of the calming effect of a whole-head-hug; to initiation of a balancing reflex at the poll; to the stimulation of areas of special sensitivity behind the ears; and to painless pressure across the bridge of the nose. The "brakes" are more reliable than those provided by the bit. First, bit-induced pain causes many a horse to bolt rather than brake. Secondly, at no time can the horse deprive the rider of all means of communication by gripping the bit between its teeth or under its tongue. Unlike the mechanics of the bit, hackamore, bosal or sidepull, braking is not dependent on pain across the bridge of the nose, nor, like the bit, to poll flexion and obstruction of the airway.  The above method on steering/stopping, using the nudge/hug approach of The Bitless Bridle is used simply as a back-up, if required, to the more important aids provided by body weight, balance and breathing.

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Just a few of the thousands of our satisfied customers with their happy bit-free horses.



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