Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunday stills: Metal

This blog was started because of a piece of metal.
This blog is about why I don't/others should not use a bit on their horses and start to think about the other bitless options out there.

I do believe a very large percentage of horses are over bitted. In the right hands a bit can be a teaching tool but there are circumstances that could happen out of any riders hands, like a horse stepping on a rein and breaking his hard palate into his nasal cavity requiring the horse to be euthanized immediately.
After all, the horses mouth is the most sensitive part of his body. Do we really need to use a method created back when Genghis Khan ruled the earth and the earth was believed to be flat and not spherical? I think not.

I will continue my journey without metal in my horses mouth and I know theres an alarming rate of horse owners joining me on this bitless path in every single discipline. Keep up the good work guys and if you have/know someone who has a bitless story to share please contact me to be featured on this blog.

For other metal photo's, visit Sunday stills


Anonymous said...

nice choice of metals & information post
i feel sorry for these horseys

Anonymous said...

I'm with you, no metal in the horses mouth.

juliette said...

Hooray for you and this blog. I agree 100%!

WildBlack said...

Great thinking! I don't know much about horse riding or anything related to it. If it hurts the horse then it should be removed! :)

lisa said...

Nicely said!

Carolyn Ford said...

I hope more and more take the metal from the horse's mouth! These are gorgeous photos and beautiful horses you must adore!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Great post....horrible photos. So much pain and discomfort :(

I so want to give Apache my Dr. Cook's Bitless Bridle. I know she will like it, but for some reason I'm afraid to. She goes so well in her french link d-ring and I tend to ride loose reined much of the time anyway.
But after all of my injuries I'm just worried about trying something so new on my horse, especially for the first ride. I wish I had someone who lived close-by that was encouraging of bitless riding to help me take the next step.

Do you know that today, I actually oiled the leather on my bitless bridle in anticipation, but then just thinking about it I became too anxious. So, the Dr. Cook's is back in the tack room again.

Come to New Mexico and help me ride Bitless again, Sydney!


Emmi said...

I am definitely on your side. My horse is bitless now, and will always stay bitless.

Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

Great thought and highly appreciated..... great shotz too :)

Grey Horse Matters said...

You're right, in the wrong hands bits are a nasty tool. I hate seeing horses like the ones you've pictured here. They look to be in so much discomfort, I'd like to smack whoever is riding them.

Jen said...

That first picture really hurts my feelings. It is, unfortunately, an all too common sight.

Kristen Eleni Shellenbarger said...

Syd..I'm really 99% ready to order my nurtural. I'm leaning on the synthenic due to lower you see any reason to not do the synthenic? I so appreciate your help! Also, I'm assuming my OTTB will need HORSE size.
Thx :)

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