TIME FOR A CHANGE- BITS V. BITLESS- STOP THE PAIN

The above photo is of a piece of art considered beautiful!

To the untrained eye or to a person who is not sensitive to the horse's experience this could seem like a very dramatic and beautiful moment.

To the sensitive horse lover this is atrocious. The bit is even underneath the tongue creating even more intense direct painful pressure on the bars of the mouth.


Why hasn't tack evolved that  much over the years? Bits have been the same for 100's of years.

Sure they have gone from rusty and jagged to smooth and shiny for the most part. But can they really be comfortable?

Really, the only thing you need to do to answer that question is to press a piece of metal into your own gums.

To know the irritation and pain horses endure because of bits one need only watch a horse's mouth closely after a bridle is put on.

To know the damage bits do to the mouths of horses one can look up numerous case studies compiled by vets documenting the pressure points, bruising, tearing of soft tissue as well as the more permanent changes made to the bone and teeth over time.

This doesn't even address the pain that radiates from that area to the TMJ, poll, spine, and emotional mind.

As a horse trainer one of the first things I do when I'm retraining a horse who has behavioral problems, is to look at how all of the tack interacts with the horse's body. Making sure that it is not causing the horse pain. Often I have found that there is an ill fitting saddle or a pinching bit. The pain (as you need only use your imagination  to understand) inside of the mouth is much more of a sharp pain than pain from pressure on the outside of the body. This sharpness causes them to act quickly and irrationally. When something hurts a horse their reaction is to run from it or otherwise try to rid themselves of the pain (i.e. bucking, bolting, rearing, etc) If they are unable to get away from the unreasonable situation they either go to the "Horsey Darkside" where they run, run into things, flip over, or otherwise "lose it". I believe I would do the same or worse if I was in their position. The other very sad option that happens is they learn to "tune out" or in other words disassociate mentally to avoid being in the present fully experiencing this pain.

Horses don't get to have say in what happens to their bodies unless they act out and then they are usually reprimanded. Listen to them whisper so they don't have to scream. You see the horse is actually the one whispering. We need to be horse listeners.

Another important thing I should mention is that often the owner of the horse has an intuition about how their horse feels in relation to their tack and it gets canceled out by the opinion of a trainer or other equine professional who supposedly knows more. The reality is that this "professional" is often spouting outdated information that someone else told them when they themselves were being trained years before. In most cases this person was also just passing on information  before that without really investigating and thinking about it so the systems might evolve.

Here's and example: I recently spoke to a woman who's horse had cracked a tooth which then had to be extracted. Later another tooth on the opposite side of the mandible was cracked. The things this woman was being told by her vet were canceling out her knowledge as an Registered Nurse and disempowering her thoughts about how to help her horse. When in fact her information, because she works with humans, is far more advanced.

Example: I have even spoken to an equine dentist that didn't believe that sugar in feed can create an environment where cavities can occur. Of course human dentists are aware of this.

In addition to being a horse trainer/riding instructor I have worked  for years as a surgical assistant in human dentistry.

It is my hope that people can be a voice for their beloved equine friend and use the powers of assertion, research, common sense, and physical empathy to be their advocate. #betheirvoice

Inge C Halliday-Horse Trainer/Riding Instructor
Malibu, California

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Horse Mommies and knowing what is best for your baby! Do the "Professionals" know what is right for your horse?

This is an exploration into trusting your intuition. As a riding instructor and horse trainer I have heard so often how every equine professional has a different opinion for the horse mommy (or daddy) and it can be confusing to know what is the right thing to do for your horse.

I recently had this experience with my dog: I feel very confident in my abilities to understand horses thoroughly; I've observed them and been in intense training for my entire life. Dogs: I have always had one but I didn't consider myself a dog trainer per say capable of helping dogs socialize etc. I can do basic obedience and fun tricks but behaviorist? I thought I had better ask someone else. 

I found someone that said he was capable of helping my dog to become more socialized as she has had a few dogs attack her and numerous small dogs hang at the end of their leashes barking intensely at her. I wanted to figure out how to have her maybe have friends one day. 

I took her to a trainer who has multiple dogs that were supposedly experienced at socializing dogs. I felt that the trainer was allowing too many dogs out loose with my dog but I second guessed myself and decided, using my rational brain, that he must know more than me since he was a "dog trainer" and he verbally assured me that it would be fine...I intuitively felt that it wouldn't and that that many dogs was unmanageable...cut to a large dog taking my dog down and ripping a 1 inch by 3 inch deep hole in her neck. The dog was quickly backed up by another large dog. I grabbed the second dog by the collar before he latched on and proceeded to use my well booted foot to kick the dog in the head until she let my dog go, who quickly ran and hid. Two other older dogs felt the energy and began fighting with each other. I physically restrained one dog from joining that fight and energetically restrained other dog from joining as well as the "Trainer" separated the two older dogs. So the lesson is: if you have a good intuition, use it!

I have had so many students come to me with issues they had with other instructors, or trainers, or vets and often it seems that that person had some kind of intuition about what their horse was experiencing and they were being told to ignore that intuition and listen to only the trainer's advice. 

I have recently heard a couple of stories where people were given advice by their vets even and it didn't seem to make sense to them but they went along with it. They ended up spending lots of money and not fixing anything. The moral of this is: Do you have an intuition about your horse that is being canceled out by a "professional"? Well, you might just be right! Trust yourself!

The German Bitless Bridle - This is the most SUPERIOR Bitless Bridle on the Global Market!

THAT'S RIGHT! NO BIT!


LET'S FACE IT! BITS CAN HURT! HOW COULD A HARD PIECE OF METAL RUBBING AROUND ON SOFT GUM TISSUE LAID OVER SENSITIVE BONE NOT HURT?


Trying to control the horse by creating pain or trying to give the horse the incentive of keeping himself out of pain by complying doesn't work. This picture here is the extreme version of not knowing how to have a relationship with a horse and just trying to control him physically. The horse's level of nervousness just increases or on the other extreme they shut down and numb out to deal with the painful apparatus. 

The horse deals with the pain of raw cracked and rubbed corners of his mouth - even when someone is trying to use a simple "loose ring" snaffle- because most horses are not compliant enough and are not being ridden by a rider with quiet enough hands to not create pinching when the lip gets stuck between the ring and the ring hole. Then there are bits like this below which I'm sure feel awesome for the horse's sensitive mouth tissues-(sarcasm)

A little about my background:

I have ridden horses in all disciplines from dressage to jumping to competitive trail to beginning vaulting for the past 28 years- I have had a successful riding business in Malibu, California for the last 8 years both teaching riding students, training/exercising horses, and leading over 1000 Romantic Couples Trail Rides. I also happen to have a background in dentistry. I was a Registered Dental Assistant for over 10 years. I worked in every specialty of dentistry-General, Periodontal surgery, oral surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, endodontics and pedodontics. I have spoken to many many patients about what they are feeling and....

I am very clear what a human would do if they were not numb and you pushed a piece of metal into their gum tissue onto their jaw bone. THEY WOULD SLAP YOU!

The mouth is one of the most nerve filled and sensitive areas in the body. The pain is extremely sharp and radiates through your head. 

ON THE FLIP SIDE:
 I do understand that the bitless options that have been on the market have not been able to replace the bit UNTIL NOW! 

FINALLY THERE IS A GREAT OPTION !

THE LG-BRIDLE
MADE IN GERMANY! 

How it works: The design is very new and unique! When you pick up contact with the horse through the reins, the metal wheels on both sides rotate. This action puts leveraging pressure across the bridge of the horse's nose causing the energy of their forward momentum to be directed upward into the horse's core balancing the horse in movement. The horse is overall more calm without a piece of metal pressing into their gums. Horses are often non compliant if they are in pain. Is your horse ever non compliant? It could be pain in soft and hard tissues of the mouth and jaw.

The above pic is of an LG-Bridle with the Shank Set attached for more leverage

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P.S. Your trainers may tell you NO that will never work, because most people can't handle change. Be an advocate for your horse, who has no voice! At least try it! I guarantee your trainer will like!

#BeTheirVoice

Recent feedback from a SHOPMALIBUHORSES customer that purchased this bridle:

Hi Inge, the bitless bridle arrived yesterday, that is very good service from Germany!  Looks beautiful, many thanks.  We are looking forward to trying this on my horse.
best,  Meg Stevens
 Phippsburg, Maine 







A really fun fundraiser evening performance Malibu Horses produced in 2009. I created this concept of Evening performance-equestrian/fashion show in 2008. This was my first realization of that. This video is shot by someone directly related to designer which is why it is focused on the fashion first and not the horses. I learned a lot from this experience. Im longing my Arabian Spright at around 2+ min.

I hope to find more footage taken during this night....