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Safe & Gentle Bridles

Posted on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

For those who believe in the comfort and physical/psychological health of their horse, a bitless bridle is a natural choice.NosebandSetWestern

My choice of Bitless Bridle is the LightRider which I use on my 16.2hh warmblood. I find he is soft, responsive and comfortable at both slow and fast speeds and he holds himself in light self carriage, responding gently and happily to my suggestions and directions. I would highly recommend this bridle to anyone who is wanting to promote natural, non-violent communication with their horse.

Benefits of LightRider Bitless Bridles

bitless english bridleCLEAR COMMUNICATION
With the reins attached in a similar position to a bit, the Light Rider Bridle delivers a much clearer, more direct message to the nose.

Some horses get confused or resist ‘whole head’ pressure so they respond better to the simple but effective chinstrap of this unique bitless bridle.
It works by the horse receiving release from pressure as the chinstrap slides through each noseband ring.

“I just love it! It has a snug fit for direct and clear communication, it doesn’t close down on the horse when you are having a conversation about what you would like them to do.” Jenny Pearce (International Author and Clinician).

CONTROL AND LIGHTNESS
The unique chinstrap of the Light Rider Bridle offers effective control by tightening (to a point) when pressure is applied. When the rein is relaxed, it releases to reward the horse.
Horses find it much easier to learn and become lighter when they receive release from pressure.

Comfort produces a calm horse:

  • There is nothing tight on the Light Rider Bridle to bother your horse.
  • The padded noseband will not mark your horse or cause excessive sweating.
  • The soft nylon chinstrap releases to allow easy eating and drinking with the bridle on, without having to undo straps.
  • A calm relaxed horse is a much safer ride.bitless bridle endurance

EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY

The English, Stockhorse and Western styles are made from a matte Standard or Deluxe Beta Biothane. This vinyl coated polyester webbing was developed as an alternative to leather.

It has a soft leather-like feel but is much stronger and easier to care for (wipe with a damp cloth). It doesn’t fade, crack or absorb sweat.
The Natural and Performer styles are made from high quality marine braid polyester rope, as are the reins.

The padding on the noseband of the Performer is a soft, anti-gall material, the same as that used for girths. The Stockhorse style has padding over the headpiece too that provides comfort for long periods of wear.

All bridles come with either top quality solid brass or stainless steel hardware that is strong, durable and rust proof.

“It is a very beautiful thing to look at! The materials and workmanship are of a really lovely quality.” Jo Atkins, Tasmania.

Multi-purpose for more fun!

  • Lead your horse easily by unclipping the reins from the chinstrap then clip to the lead ring or loop.BitlessCollection
  • Lunge your horse easily from the lead ring or loop.
  • Play on the ground with the rope reins extended to warm up/down, or attach a longer line for more fun.
  • Ride with the reins clipped to the chinstraps rings for maximum control, or clipped to the noseband rings like a traditional sidepull bridle.

“My students loved using it and found it much better. Tulley was even more responsive with it than the halter/rope reins we had been using. He went like a dream”. Nan Catmur (Riding instructor)

LOOKS LIKE A REGULAR BRIDLE

With the noseband positioned closer to where a cavesson sits, the Light Rider Bridle enhances the look of your horse.

You can use the English, Stockhorse, Western and Bitless Noseband knowing you will blend in with bitted horses. However, your horse will be happier and more relaxed without the discomfort caused by a bit.

Whether you already ride in bitless headgear or still use a regular bridle and bit, there are more options to choose from when it comes to practical, comfortable headgear for your horse.

The LightRider Bitless Bridle designed by Cynthia Cooper (successful competitor in many different equestrian events) is proving to also meet the pleasure rider’s needs, most importantly the ability to safely control the horse without a bit in its mouth.

Secure on the head, so offers more control than a halter.bitless bridle arab

The unique design of the chinstrap keeps the noseband from twisting and sliding when the reins are used.
This in turn puts more direct pressure on the nose and causes the horse to listen to a lighter feel on the reins.

The soft webbing chinstrap releases when rein pressure is relaxed, providing an instant reward for the horse.

It is much safer than a halter because the communication is more direct to either side of the horse’s head (and therefore easily understood), and the reins cannot become stuck on the neck if the horse tucks its head in to avoid pressure.

Lighter so more comfortable for the horse.

The lightweight materials used and light rope reins make the overall weight of the LR bridle around 500 grams (depending on the size).

The padded noseband relieves the pressure and doesn’t mark the nose like a rope halter will.

Allows easy eating and drinking.

Because the chinstrap is loose until the reins are used, the horse can fully open its jaw to eat and drink. Of course with no bit, your horse will find it easier to drink – no sucking in air with the water, and easier to chew grass when you have a break or go on those long rides.

Allows easier breathing than with a bit.

bitless bridle jumpingA bit obstructs the horse’s breathing, especially when the reins are held firmly, as the tongue is forced towards the back of the mouth. Combine that with some vertical flexion when a horse is held in, and you decrease the size of the airway in the throat by as much as 50%. (Ref. ‘Metal in the Mouth – the abusive effects bitted bridles’ by Dr Cook & Dr Strasser.)

Doesn’t cause pain or damages the horse’s mouth.

When you take away the bit, you immediately take away a lot of pain from pressure applied to the reins.

A bit acts directly on the bars of the mouth which are only covered by a thin layer of skin and tissue – a bit like your shin bone.

When a horse experiences pain, it’s instinctive reaction is to fight and become harder to control. Also, the bars are damaged and eventually bone spurs form from bit pressure.
The horse also reacts to pain by throwing its head up, tossing its head repeatedly or opening its mouth.
This then causes the rider to need a martingale or tight noseband to keep control and makes life very uncomfortable for the horse.

A LightRider bitless bridle, even in heavy hands, will not cause pain unless it is fitted extremely low on the nose where it can obstruct breathing.
It won’t rub the horse, even if you have constant contact for longer periods, as the chinstrap keeps everything from slipping and the padded noseband protects the hard bone of the nose.

The reins unclip to make a long rope for leading.

bitless bridle ponyWhen you have to get off your horse out on the trail it takes a few seconds to unclip the reins from the chinstrap and one end onto the halter loop/ring. You then have up to a 3m length of rein for leading or tailing your horse up hills, or tackling those challenging obstacles from the ground.

No need to change head gear.

From the time you catch your horse to the time you release him/her back in the paddock, there’s no need to change from halter to bridle and back again. Please note the rein clips are not designed for tying a horse – but a regular rope can easily be clipped on for this.

Easy to clean and dry.

  • The LightRider Natural or Performer Rope bridle is easily washed in water, and a little scrub with a brush gets out all the sweat and dirt. Or you can throw it in a net bag in the washing machine to get it looking like new again.
  • Hang it up to drip dry and its ready to go again the next morning.
  • The LightRider Biothane bridle range wipes clean quickly with a damp cloth.

“I have ridden bitless for a couple of years now with a crossover bridle and then progressed to a simple rope hackamore. So my mare is quite used to being without a bit, especially for hacking. The crossover does not have the release my mare needs being sensitive, and so the responses to my cues are often delayed and therefore my cues have to shout louder over the noise levels to get her attention. And all I can say is thank you for designing such a wonderful piece of equipment. It is so simple, yet so effective. ” Jo UK.

“I am very, very happy with my new LightRider bridle. I have tried a few different types of bitless bridles and this is by far the best I have come across” Siobhan, Western Australia.

The LightRider Bitless Bridle gives you:

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  • * Clear direct communication
  • * A more reliable stop
  • * Release from pressure
  • * A happy horse, free from bit pain

Unique Chinstrap: The purpose of the soft webbing chin strap is to help the noseband stay in place when pressure is applied to the reins – this stops the noseband twisting around. The chinstrap becomes snug, does not over-tighten and provides release when the rein is loose for the ultimate comfort of your horse.

The 3 biothane styles all have the following great features:

  • * Looks like a classy traditional bridle.
  • * Made from synthetic leather-look ‘Beta Biothane’ (Deluxe model)NosebandSetbrown
    * or Regular Biothane (Standard model).
  • * Solid stainless steel or brass fittings.
  • * Easy to care for – simply sponge or wipe clean with water.
  • * Available with or without light rope or biothane reins.

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There are six styles to suit your purpose and taste:

ORDER NOW:

There are 3 easy steps to ordering your bridle today:

1. Select the style and colour choice you desire
2. Measure your horse accurately using my measurement guidelines by clicking here
3. On completion of your order, please email me your name, email and address details so I can track your order efficiently.
Now simply browse the styles that suit your needs:

LightRider Bitless Bridle – Rope Natural

Bitlessbridle RopeNaturalIdeal for educating, trail riding, endurance, horsemanship, ponies and pleasure riding.

Ride or lead with ease and comfort. Your horse will love the releasing chinstrap and lightness of communication.

Ride or lead with ease and comfort.
Your horse will love the releasing chinstrap and lightness of communication.
Made of premium quality yacht braid rope with solid brass fittings. It is easily washed/dried.
Ideal for training, trail riding, endurance, horsemanship, ponies and pleasure.
Comes with black rope reins, browband, noseband and chinstrap.
Available in all sizes from mini to warmblood/draught, and in coloured headstalls: Black, Purple or Blue with covered noseband.Ride, lead, lunge, groundplay or tie solid with ease and safety.Made of premium quality poly yacht braid rope with solid brass fittings. It’s easily washed/dried.

This bridle is usually well accepted by sensitive horses.

Sizes/Colours: Mini to warmblood/draft, with coloured headstalls: Black, Purple or Blue.

Comes with black 10mm rope reins, black contrast browband, noseband and chinstrap.

Features:

  • The swivel snaps on the reins enable you to quickly unclip them to make a lead rope.
  • You can tie solid in this bridle when using a lead rope – not the reins.
  • The covered noseband is made of a soft, poly material, the same as that used for rope reins to provide more comfort for the horse.
  • The LightRider Natural has top quality brass hardware that is strong, durable and rust proof.
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LightRider Bitless Noseband

Bitlessbridle NosebandLeatherFor those that would love to use their own bridle, the LightRider Bitless Noseband allows you to go bitless in your favourite bridle.

Make use of those bridles you have at home by converting them to bitless, giving you more options for fitting different sizes, and bridle styles.

For those that would love to use their own bridle, the Light Rider Bitless Noseband allows you to go bitless in your favourite bridle.
Make use of those bridles you have at home by converting them to bitless gving you options for more horses and ponies, and equestrian pursuits like driving.
Available in black and new dark brown Deluxe Beta Biothane with stainless steel fittings, the Bitless Noseband consists of the LightRider noseband with cheek piece attachment points, webbing chinstrap and connector strap with leading ring.
Simply attach it to the cheek pieces (fits most standard 5/8″ to 1/2″ cheek straps) instead of a bit, and you have a LightRider Bitless bridle at a more affordable price.The Light Rider Bitless Noseband allows you to go bitless in your own favourite bridle.Make use of those bridles you already have by converting them to bitless, giving you more options for style and fit.

The Bitless Noseband consists of the LightRider Noseband with cheek piece attachment points, webbing chinstrap and connector strap with leading ring.

Simply attach it to the cheek pieces of your own bridle  instead of a bit (fits up to 1″ cheek straps), and you have a Bitless bridle at an affordable price.

Colours: Black and brown in Deluxe Beta Biothane/leather, or black in Standard Biothane with stainless steel fittings (brass fittings coming soon).

Sizes:

Small Pony/Mini (8-11.2hh/81-117cm)

Pony (11-13.2hh/112-137cm)

Cob (fits 13.2-14.3hh/137cm to 150cm).

Full (fits 15hh-17hh/152cm to 173cm).

Warmblood/draft (fits solid 17hh-18hh/164cm to 183cm) or smaller draft breeds

I recommend you use scissor rein clips for easy change over to the leading ring which enables groundwork/leading/lunging, or buy LightRider reins with clips included to have the correctly weighted reins designed for this bridle.

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LightRider Bridle – English

Bitlessbridle EnglishjpgIdeal for shows, pony club, jumping, dressage, hunters and adult riding clubs.

Ideal for shows, pony club, jumping, dressage, hunters and adult riding clubs.
Comes in black, violet or chestnut brown in Deluxe Biothane with stainless steel fittings, or black only in Standard Biothane with brass fittings.
Sizes: Cob, Full & Warmblood/Draug

The best looking bitless bridle – looks like a classy traditional bridle.

Colours: black or dark brown in Deluxe Biothane with stainless steel fittings, or black in Standard Biothane with stainless steel fittings.

Sizes:

Cob (fits 13hh-14.3hh/132cm to 152cm).

Full (fits 15hh-16.2hh/152cm to 173cm).

Warmblood/draft (fits solid 17hh-18hh/164cm to 183cm) or smaller draft breeds.

Features:

  • Made from synthetic leather-look ‘Beta Biothane’ (Deluxe model), Regular Biothane (Standard model) and quality leather. Solid stainless steel fittings.
  • Easy to care for – simply sponge or wipe clean with water.
  • Unique Chinstrap: The purpose of the soft webbing chin strap is to help the noseband stay in place when pressure is applied to the reins – this keeps the noseband from twisting around.
  • The chinstrap becomes snug and does not over-tighten so this bridle is usually well accepted by sensitive horses.

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LightRider Bridle – Rope Performer

Bitlessbridle PerformerThis top quality poly rope bridle has stainless steel fittings and noseband padding (antigall material) to offer extra comfort.

This top quality rope bridle has stainless steel fittings and noseband padding (antigall material) to offer extra comfort and no rubbing.
This bitless bridle is suited for performance where the horse wears the bridle for longer periods, as in endurance riding, or when rein contact is maintained in dressage, eventing or jumping.
Comes with black rope reins, browband, noseband and chinstrap.
Available in sizes from pony to warmblood/draught, and coloured headstalls: Black, Purple or Blue with padded noseband

The LightRider Performer is suited for situations where the horse wears the bridle for longer periods, as in endurance riding, or when rein contact is maintained in dressage, eventing or jumping. Also suitable for tying solid like a regular rope halter (with a lead rope – not the reins).

Sizes: Pony to warmblood/draft, with coloured headstalls: Black, Purple or Blue.

Comes with black LightRider rope reins, and black contrasting browband, noseband and chinstrap.

Features:

  • The chinstrap becomes snug and does not over-tighten so this bridle is usually well accepted by sensitive horses.
  • The swivel snaps on the reins enable you to quickly unclip them to make a lead rope.
  • The padding on the noseband is a soft, anti-gall material, the same as that used for girths.
  • The LightRider Performer has top quality stainless steel hardware that is strong, durable and rust proof.

Unique Chinstrap: The purpose of the soft webbing chin strap is to help the noseband stay in place when pressure is applied to the reins – this keeps the noseband from twisting around. When rein pressure is applied the chinstrap becomes snug but does not over-tighten due to the type of webbing used, so most of the pressure is on the top of the nose.

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LightRider Bridle – Stockhorse

Bitlessbridle StockhorseIdeal for stock work, camp-drafting, sporting, starting young horses and trail or endurance riding.

Ideal for shows, pony club, jumping, dressage, hunters and adult riding clubs.
Comes in black, violet or chestnut brown in Deluxe Biothane with stainless steel fittings, or black only in Standard Biothane with brass fittings.
Sizes: Cob, Full & Warmblood/Draugh

The best looking bitless bridle – looks like a classy traditional bridle.

  • Made from synthetic leather-look ‘Beta Biothane’ (Deluxe model), regular Biothane (Standard model) and leather. 
  • Solid brass fittings and extra stitching on headpiece.
  • Easy to care for – simply sponge or wipe clean with water.

Unique Chinstrap: The purpose of the soft webbing chin strap is to help the noseband stay in place when pressure is applied to the reins – this keeps the noseband from twisting around. The chinstrap becomes snug and does not over-tighten so this bridle is usually well accepted by sensitive horses.

Features:

  • Padded noseband, headpiece and brow band offers more comfort for your horse
  • Soft webbing adjustable chinstrap that releases for comfort and reward.
  • The noseband sits higher than most bitless bridles and does not need to be tight, allowing the horses to eat and drink.
  • Designed for leading your horse too, or the lead ring and strap can be removed for ridden show classes. Also great for showing in led classes without a bit.

Sizes:

Cob (fits 13hh-14.3hh/132cm to 152cm).

Full (fits 15hh-16.2hh/152cm to 173cm).

Warmblood/draft (fits solid 17hh-18hh/164cm to 183cm) or smaller draft breeds.

Colours: black or brown in Deluxe Biothane and leather, or black in the Standard Biothane.

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LightRider Bridle – Western

Bitlessbridle LRWestern The LightRider Western is ideal for western breeds, reining, cutting, shows, pleasure and trail.

Comes in black or brown (some violet in cob size still avail.) in the Deluxe Biothane with silver conchos and plaited horsehair browband.

  • Made from synthetic leather-look stitched Deluxe ‘Beta Biothane’. 
  • Stainless steel fittings for strength and longevity.
  • Soft webbing adjustable chinstrap that releases for comfort and reward.
  • The best looking bitless bridle – looks like a classy traditional bridle.

Unique Chinstrap: The purpose of the soft webbing chin strap is to help the noseband stay in place when pressure is applied to the reins – this keeps the noseband from twisting to give clear and direct communication.

When rein pressure is applied the chinstrap becomes snug but does not over-tighten due to the type of webbing used, so most of the pressure is on the top of the nose.This bridle is usually well accepted by sensitive horses as there is no poll pressure.

Benefits:

  • Padded noseband and brow band offers more comfort.
  • Easy to care for – simply sponge or wipe clean with water.
  • The noseband sits higher like a cavesson so doesn’t need to be tight, allowing the horses to eat and drink easily.
  • Multi purpose for leading too, or the lead ring and strap can be removed for ridden show classes. Also a great option for showing in lead line classes.

Sizes:

WesternBrowCob (fits 13.2-14.3hh/137cm to 150cm).

Full (fits 15hh-17hh/152cm to 173cm).

Warmblood/draft (fits solid 17hh-18hh/164cm to 183cm) or smaller draft breeds.

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LightRider Reins

Bitlessbridle RopeReinsBiothane_reinsLightRider Rope Reins

These 10mm marine poly rope reins are light to allow good release of the LightRider bridle chinstrap.

They come with solid brass or stainless steel swivel rein clips to match the bridle hardware, and are one piece for leading in the bridle (not suited for tying solid) and doing groundwork before riding.

The looped ends make it easy to replace the clips which are lightweight so there is breaking point in the rein. If a horse steps on the rein a clip will break rather than the bridle, and this avoids injury to the horse.

Available in 4 sizes and 2 colours (black and brown) to match the bridles.

Small (2m) Medium (2.6m), Large (3m) and X-Large (3.6m)


LightRider Standard Biothane reins match the Standard Biothane bridles in 5/8″ biothane with stainless steel or brass rein clips.

These are one piece reins for leading in the bridle (not suited for tying solid) but can easily be converted to split reins and joined with a thong or buckle (not supplied).

Available in 3 sizes: Medium (2.6m), Large (3m) and X-Large (3.6m)

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LightRider Replacement Browband $19

Bitlessbridle BrowbandIf you need a smaller or larger browband, you may also swap your current one for a different size.

Please send the Return Policy Form you received with the bridle, giving the measurement or size you need.

Remember to include a stamped, self addressed envelope.

Please Note: The Western Horsehair Browband patterns may change subject to availability.

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LightRider Replacement Chinstrap

Bitlessbridle ChinstrapUnique Chinstrap: The purpose of the soft webbing chin strap is to help the noseband stay in place when pressure is applied to the reins – this stops the noseband from twisting to give clear and direct communication.

When rein pressure is applied the chinstrap becomes snug but does not over-tighten due to the type of webbing used, so most of the pressure is on the top of the nose.

The chinstrap sizing varies between the different styles of bridle so please choose the style you intend to use the chinstrap for.

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Rein Clips

Bitlessbridle ReinclipRein Clips: Available in lightweight quality solid brass and stainless steel.

The swivel stops the reins from twisting and the closed scissor action stops the clip accidentally hooking onto something like a wire fence if your horse leans over while wearing the bridle.

I recommend you use these trigger clips to attach your own reins to the bridle, for easy swapping to the lead ring/loop for leading, groundwork etc.

Replacement Clips: If your horse has stepped on a rein and broken the clip, it’s easily replaced.

Better that the clip breaks than the bridle or the horse!

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One response to “Safe & Gentle Bridles”

  1. Jackie says:

    To Whom It May Concern:
    I am very interested in you bitless bridle. I have another style, but I am considering getting one of yours. I am unclear on how the reins are attached and what the bridle looks like under the chin and jaw. There are no pictures except for side pictures that I could find. I want to see exactly how it compares to mine and how this actually works on the horse. It there a cross over under the jaw? Does the adaptive piece to convert a tradition bit bridle in to a bitless one work as well as your full bridle?
    Thank you very much for your time,
    Jackie

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