I recently bought two bitless bridles (handmade by Elaine Waters in Dingle) in the style of Dr. Cooks Bitless Bridles. We received them in the post yesterday from Elaine, beautiful handiwork, and decided to try them on Annabell and Loki in a lesson at Warringtons Equestrian Centre here in Kilkenny. Loki has only recently been backed and is still very green, Annabell spent many years hunting so she is anything but green.
The two of them, mother and son, rode beautifully and peacefully in the lesson. The only time Loki got a little upset was when he was asked to jump on his left rein, not his best side. However, after one refusal, jump he did. I was delighted with the results and will keep them going in the bitlless. I love seeing their mouths and heads relaxed and pain free.
For a look at Elaine’s lovely products visit her website here
I will post pictures of Annabell and Loki in their new headgear later, but here is a pic of one of Elaine’s bridles.