Welcome to my blog. I hope to introduce you to different bitless bridles and how they work, share some transitioning and training tips as well as other useful points. I will also introduce you some of my musings on aspects of horsemanship and share my journey with my beautiful horse Ember, without whom none of this would have been possible.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Time to get over it and get on with it

I don't get it. 20 years I ago I rode my pony bitless at shows and competitions and no-one batted an eyelid. Anyone who did Pony Club and BHS exams will have learnt that bitless bridles are just one of the families of bits. It was not a problem.

Nowadays we are debating the use of bitless bridles in competition. I applaud those who are taking this argument to the BEF, they are doing a fantastic and difficult job.

I have had show organisers in recent years state that it was unfair to the other competitiors ( too right, my horse is calm and relaxed and doesn't show signs of bit distress), it was down to safety ( hold on, I am going into an enclosed area doing flatwork, whereas I am allowed to go endurance, cross country, trec bitless), you cannot train correctly in it ( watch me, surely the proof is in what you see). British Dressage don't allow them, FEI don't allow them...blah, blah, blah.
Today I hear that Retraining of Racehorses are banning the use of bitless bridles, really!?!

The Revolution is coming whether organisations wish it to or not. They need to Get Over It, and Get On With It.

Until the organisations wake up to the truth please lend your support to A Bit More Choice, the campaign for bitless equality http://www.abitmorechoice.org

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