14yo, NSW pictured at Team Penning using the LightRider Bitless Bridle
Full control:"I rode my mare in your LightRider Bitless Noseband for the first time! I previously got her used to it by leading her around, and she was very easy to control. She would toss her head and chew the bit + bolt, and many more vices, ALL because of the bit! So, after 2 weeks of ground training with her, teaching her to be CALM and RELAXED, because she can get very hot-headed; I decided that she was ready to be riding-she is broken-in, but I have been re-training her. She thought she had a bit in her mouth at first and was already in a VERY, VERY silly mood! Although I was in a small controlled area, I had absolute FULL control in your LR Noseband!!! Within 2 mins, she calmed down and relaxed completely! She was a transformed horse!
I rode her for 30mins, walking and some trotting, all on a loose rein and with NO problem at all! I couldn't fault anything on your design of this MAGNIFICENT Bitless Bridle, it is truly un-believable! I also ride my other 2 horses in the LightRider Natural and will be starting my filly in your LR Natural too! I have NEVER had a problem with your Bitless Bridles and my HORSES LOVE THEM! :) Thankyou soo much for creating such an effective and contollable Bridle!!" Grace & the horses.
Happy Horses: "I purchased two bitless rope bridles approximately two years from you and have found them to be wonderful. I use one for my endurance horse and one on my young horse, both horses round beautifully when asked and with the slightest of aids. I have had quite a few comments from people in regards to how happy my horses seem, and I believe that apart from being devoted to them, a lot has to do with not putting a bit in their sensitive mouths. Thank you for my marvellous bitless bridles." Kim R. Tasmania
Ground Driving: "I want to tell you I am seeing great things with Cody and your bitless bridle. I am using the LightRider Natural rope type and ground driving him, he is NOT rearing and his whoa is WHOA with very little pressure from me. I am looking forward to riding him this summer and am very happy that I will not be putting anything in his wonderful soft mouth. I want to thank you for you help and suggestions they have greatly helped." Gina in Oregon, USA.
Driving with the LR Natural
"We have been using the LightRider Natural rope bridle for both riding and harness and have been really pleased with the results. Previously, we used a cross-under style bitless bridle but the Lightrider is clearly the preferred choice of our ponies. The response to light pressure is immediate and stopping under saddle or in harness is no problem at all. The sliding chin strap worked exactly as designed and released pressure when the reins were loosened.
Another great feature of this bridle is the ability to take the reins off and clip a lead rope on to use it as a simple halter. It makes a day out in the forest so much simpler. It would be wonderful to see bitless bridles being used by riders in all disciplines. They are a wonderful design for anyone teaching beginner riders and children on lead lines as the reins can be used by the rider and a lead rope attached underneath without conflict. Such a simple design that has been well thought out and is being used in many countries around the world already, well done Cynthia!" Jane Barnes. South Australia.
Racehorse's many problems solved & rodeo horse responds: "I was very pleased to come accross your design and since receiving it my off-the- track thouroughbred has been a dream to ride. I was given this horse literally straight from the track...one day racing...next day mine. I have spent the last 2 months retraining him and the biggest and the most rewarding changes came about when we started using your bridle. No more jig jogging, no more frantic sweating prior to a ride, he's now relaxed, cool calm and collected. No more head shaking and a willingness to flex in any direction with hardly any pressure. People often ask me why I went for the bitless bridle and I am passionate about telling them my experiences and about all the reasons why we should treat our horses with respect and dignity and not as a slave to our leisure...at an often painfull cost.
To this end I have converted many to bitless bridles...in one of the toughest horse riding towns.....including a friend of mine who is a rodeo pick up rider and rides his horses hard and fast. Initially he thought I was kidding when I guaranteed him one particular horse would respond better to no bit than with a bit. This horse has the most unbelievable sensitvity to pressure I have ever seen.....and within 10 minutes of riding bitless his owner was won over and has since ordered a number of bridles to start taining his other horses of various disciplines including cutting and reining, roping, pickup and also barrel racing.
So after all that I would like to say thank you for designing such a simple and versatile bridle that I will continue to use as long as I have horses... and expect a few more orders from me in the future and also from those I have influenced up here in the top end. Thanks, Bec." Darwin. NT.
Delivers a clearer, more direct message: “I am impressed with the bridles. I have to admit that when I first heard of them I thought they were just another version of the “bigger bit” theory, however I now think that they are a very good alternative to a natural hackamore. I have had good feedback from the whole family, husband, 12 & 14yo boys as to how they like them. My personal opinion is that they are very good for novice riders and for using on green horses. This is because I have noticed that with natural hackamores novice riders can tend to twist the horses head when asking for lateral flexion. The light rider bridle seems to deliver a much clearer and more direct message when using it to convey lateral messages to your horse. It is also ideally suited to endurance riders as it can still give you a lead rope if you need it. All round the horses and humans all appreciated their new bridles. Thanks," Tara N. Tasmania.