Zilco bitless bridle

Discussion in 'Horse Riding' started by theherd22, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. theherd22

    theherd22 New Member

    Hi all

    Any thoughts, experiences, opinions, words of wisdom?

    It is for a western trained horse that mostly does trail plodding.

  2. samm

    samm Gold Member

    I prefer the sidepulls to the crossover underneath the jaw ones and I'm not sure which ones the Zilco are.
    Our bay horse goes far better in a sidepull than a bridle.Suits some horses ,others it doesn't.It's a bit of trial and error like anything.Do you know if your horse has been in a bosal before when doing western?
  3. kiraSpark

    kiraSpark Gold Member

    To be honest, an old drop noseband with a browband attached, and a set of reins clipped onto the ring on the sides of the drop noseband, does exactly the same thing as a sidepull. ;)
  4. theherd22

    theherd22 New Member

    Thanks guys :)

    The zilco is a crossover which is why I was looking at it over a traditional hackamore and before I started researching I didn't realise there were so many bitless options out there.:rolleyes:

    When I bought him he was being ridden in a snaffle(i think) with a standard martingale attached to a bosal noseband. I was riding him in a copper role bit but the people who had him on lease didn't give it back. Since then I have been using a regular snaffle or just a halter.

    The problem I am having is that he just seems less responsive in the snaffle...just one of those niggly 'something isn't right' feelings. He is very responsive in the halter but I don't feel I have enough actual control so I'm looking for a middle ground

    I thought about going back to the copper roll bit but to be honest I don't really think that will have much effect. We do have a whole host of other issues as well,part of which is he has hardly been ridden for over a year, which isnt helping and my riding style has changed since then as well.
  5. Caroline

    Caroline Well-known Member

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