I’m always working towards improving the LightRider products and a chinstrap cover is the latest update.
The new LightRider Chinstrap coveris made from soft neoprene.
This neoprene cover helps keep the buckle more secure, and your horse even more comfortable.
You can use it with the smooth or textured side facing out, and it’s weight assists the chinstrap to release and return to neutral (when light reins are also used).
Neoprene was chosen for it’s softness and is easy to clean and dry.
It can also be used to pad another part of the bridle like the middle of the noseband, or over the noseband buckle.
They are just AUD$3.00 each with free shipping – get yours now and while you’re there, have a look at the lovely range of LightRider Bitless Bridles like the English Euro below.
Why a webbing chinstrap? The main reason is soft webbing bends around the noseband rings when pressure is applied to the reins, and this stops the strap from further tightening.
Most horses don’t appreciate pressure that keeps increasing, so its important to have a point where it stops.
When a horse doesn’t fight pressure they learn to ‘give’ to to the rein for a release of the chinstrap.
If the chinstrap is made of leather or rope, it doesn’t bend around the ring enough to lock, so keeps tightening down on the horse’s nose.
Imagine how that would feel?
It could turn a gentle piece of equipment into a severe one.
You could try it out – have someone put pressure on the reins of your LightRider bitless bridle with your finger under the noseband and another under the chinstrap. You’ll feel most of the pressure is on the top of the nose, with very little under the chin beyond being snug.
This makes the LightRider Bitless Bridles unique in their ability to offer a close, gentle connection that enhances signals for the horse, so you can be lighter with your rein aids.
See how well your horse responds by trying one yourself – you’ve got nothing to lose with a 30 day money back guarantee.
Read what others are saying in the product reviews listed with each bridle in the online store.
All bridles and bitless nosebands now come with the chinstrap cover fitted.
LightRider English Euro Bitless Bridle with new chinstrap cover.
Soon LightRider bitless bridles will be available in the Netherlands and Europe. Sarah, (pictured below) will be stocking them and selling via her new website which is almost ready. In the meantime, she's using the bridles and bitless noseband on her beautiful Orient who is featuring in the 'Horses and Hunk' calendar she helps to produce.
Keep an eye on your inbox for when the Netherlands store is open (make sure you have subscribed in the right column on this page), and in the meantime, if you want to check out the biggest range of LightRider Bridles visit our store that ships worldwide here.
Subscribers receive a 5% discount by using the coupon code LR5.
Horses that dive their heads into grass when you have other ideas, can be frustrating to say the least.
Sandra Popemma is a positive trainer who has outlined key steps to train your horse to ignore grass, and only eat when you give permission.
Of course, it pays to ensure your horse has had some food (lucerne/alfafa is good for its neutralising effect) before going out for a ride or training session as that will help stop acid from sloshing around in your horse's gut, causing pain and the need to eat!
Even a good pick on some green grass beforehand will help, and so here's how to manage that in a positive and effective way.
How To Teach Your Horse To Ignore Grass.
"This photo is of our 'standie' mare wearing her new LightRider Performer bridle for the first time. I really wish I had made the investment months ago rather than wasting money on 'off the shelf' bitless bridles. This one is fantastic and to me (a non horsey person) and my eldest daughter it fits very well. The quality and feel of the bridle is fantastic, as was your service." Liz.
There are three basic products that help to maintain leather tack in good order. These are saddle soap, cream conditioner and oil.
I recommend Oakwood products because every saddler and leather worker I’ve asked, says they are the best. I’ve also used them personally and am very happy with the results.
The following leather care instructions are by Rick Allen – the Mobile Saddler
Regular Maintenance for Leather
The three main enemies of leather are Water, Heat and Neglect.
Water, particularly if it is hot, melts and removes the natural fats and waxes. Whilst heat dries it out. Neglect will cause a deterioration of leather and stitching which can lead to breakage under strain and a constant risk to the safety of the rider.
There is no set time period for cleaning a saddle, bridle or any other leather tack. It is simply a matter of learning to recognise the visual signs when treatment is needed by the feel of the leather, the conditions under which it has been used and how often.
There are however, a number of do’s and don’ts that must be understood if leather tack is to be maintained in a sound and safe condition.
• Avoid excessive oiling, particularly saddles. Too frequent oiling opens up the pores in the leather to the extent that the leather becomes dull, lifeless and unattractive in appearance. Over oiling girth points can cause serious stretching, weakness and breakage. An over oiled saddle may become uncomfortable because of stretching and excess oil will spoil the rider’s clothes.
• Never use mineral oils on leather.
• When a saddle or other leather tack has been cleaned, never force dry it in front of the radiator or other heat source. Force drying will make the leather fibres hard and brittle. Restoration to its original condition is almost impossible.
• Do not leave it out in the sun for prolonged periods.
• Regularly check all saddle stitching particularly where girth straps are attached to the saddle, buckles, point pockets and any other stitching that holds the saddle together. Examine the stirrup bars for movement caused by stretching.
• Never oil chrome leather girth points and avoid excessive oiling of vegetable tanned leather.
All other tack should be cleaned thoroughly with saddle soap first.
Bridles: As discussed earlier, take them apart and either cream the grain, oil the flesh or use a wax on both instead.
Reins: Lightly oil flesh side, and cream or wax the grain. Be aware they may become slippery when wet. Cotton or rubber gripped reins may be washed.
Halters/Nosebands: Use cream and oil. Be aware of chrome padding on nosebands – use cream or wax only on chrome leather.
Beta Biothane products: Wipe clean with a wet cloth, using dish detergent if really dirty. Polish lightly with a cloth on which Oakwood Leather Cream has been used.
Rope Halters/bridles and Rope reins: These can be placed inside a pillowcase and put in the washing machine. Be sure to remove the metal hardware before washing if you can.
If you’d like to learn more about caring for tack and saddlery, Rick has a book on Saddlery Care & Maintenance you can download for under $9.
The Natural Horse World Store now stocks Oakwood leather care products – we recommend them for all leather LightRider Bitless bridles.
Come and grab our special offer: Buy 2 Oakwood products and get a 30ml Oakwood Leather Conditioner as a bonus (while stocks last). Great to keep in your car for last minute boot polishing!
Hi, I'm Cynthia Cooper - inventor of the LightRider Bitless Bridle.
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