The Bitless Shop
Why ride BITLESS? Why not? Technology has advanced, and we have new and better tools for communication with our horse partners. For the conscientious rider, we proudly offer this section of our store, where we will explore the best bitless designs we have ever tried. We feature a very special type of bitless bridle that we personally use and recommend to our students - we call this type, "Bitless Bits" - because they look like round metal wheels on the side of the face, just like a bit (only nothing goes in the mouth!). Technically they are shankless (or minimal shank) mild mechanical hackamores - and they ride like a dream. This is an undiscovered treasure training tool of the horse world!!!
Our extensive collection of articles and links to bitless information.
A Bitless-Bit for Dressage/High School Riders • My Bitless Story
This "bitless-bit" feels and rides nearly identical to a bit. Comfortable synthetic padded noseband, with a great range of adjustibility. Economically priced at $44.95!
Be a Star!!! This "bitless-bit" from Sweden with the unique star design feels and rides nearly identical to a bit. It comes with a fully adjustable, genuine leather noseband (padded with fleece or neoprene) and chinstrap - in black or brown. Priced at only $64.95!
Padded Lunge Strap
Made from a self-padded, thick, cushioned, cotton web material, this lunge strap is more comfortable for your horse than the thin nylon models, and quickly transforms your bridle into a genuine lunging cavesson! Perfect for bitless-bit style bridles, like the Zilco Flower and Star Wheel!
This black padded lunge strap snaps to a bit, halter, or bitless-bit wheel hackamore for working the horse on a lunge line or in-hand. Center Dee is fixed firmly in place and swivels to keep the lunge line from twisting. This model was chosen specifically because it is just the right size for attaching to any model bitless-bit wheel hackamore. This lunge strap measures a total length of 10 inches from end to end of the metal clips; the black strap alone measures 6 1/2 inches long.
Double Chain Curb Strap
Currently Available in Brown Leather only.
For strong, heavy, or naughty horses, or a little extra sensitivity, try a chain curb strap. Double chain curb strap with Nickel plated hardware and USA leather. 5/8 inch wide leather, 4 inch long chain, and leather ends that adjust from 8 inch to 10 1/2 inch total length.
*Note that the chain chin strap has a limit to its possible adjustment, due to the chain, which means it might not adjust tight enough for small-headed horses - especially in the case of the Star Wheel Hackamore which has a larger diameter wheel.
Trying to decide between the Zilco Flower and the Star Wheel?
The metal part on the Star is larger in diameter than on the Flower. If you have a very large headed horse, I think the Star might look a bit better, plus the Star can adjust out to a VERY large size. That said, I have fit the Flower on a draft cross. If you have a small headed horse, the Flower is probably the better choice.
The Zilco's Flower ring measured from ring edge to ring edge, NOT including the extra long rein ring, is 3 1/8 inches or 8cm. Visually the Star looks much bigger than the Zilco Flower because of the solid rim edge, even though it's only about 1 cm larger (Star Wheel is 9cm or 3 1/2 inches in diameter).
The Flower has a little "shank" for the rein attachment, though you can ignore it and use that for the headstall attachment, etc. The shank is so small, it really does not change the action. The Flower, made by Zilco, has the Zilco synthetic material, which is really very nice!! But it is available only in black.
The Star is all leather, and available in black or brow - and also the added bonus of a "gold" brass wheel option for the black leather model. I think the larger wheel of the Star might provide just a little more lateral bending encouragement.
I've been very happy riding in both the Flower and the Star, and can't tell that much difference between the two. I think they mechanically work pretty much the same. This has been my observation with all the "bitless-bit" wheel style mild mechanical hackamore models. Just make sure they are adjusted correctly!! Read the Fitting Instructions article on each Hackamore's page.
More information on bitless bridles and bitless riding:
Bitless Riding - Our extensive collection of articles and links to bitless information.
A Bitless-Bit for Dressage/High School Riders
My Bitless Story by Yvonne Welz
Directory of Articles by Dr. Robert Cook
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