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Bitless bridles are becoming more accepted at lessons and clinics.
Most insurance companies have no exclusion for bitless bridles and hackamores.
Over flexion can be a problem with sensitive horses so check that the reins are providing enough release, and that you are being light with rein contact.
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Here are some things you can do to make the transition to a bitless bridle smooth and safe for you and your horse.
Lateral flexion should be soft and willing from the ground before asking from the saddle.
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When you work towards riding with a connection, remember to keep the rein rhythmic.
Confident riders and educated horses adapt to riding bitless easily.
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To apply an indirect rein to the left focus on the right hindquarter, lift the right rein and use your right leg behind the girth.
Disengagement of the hindquarters is one of the most powerful ways to control a horse's movement, without relying on extreme pressure from two reins.
Teaching a good hindquarter yield (disengagement) is essential for any type of riding if you want to control your horse's movement.