It is a common misconception that a bit is necessary in order to control a horse. In fact, many riders are now choosing to ride their horses bitless, and finding that they are just as easy to steer around - if not easier! Bitless showjumping is becoming more and more popular, as riders realize the benefits of riding bitless. In this blog post, we will discuss the basics of bitless showjumping and why so many people are choosing to do it!

Different ways
When it comes to riding a horse, there are many different ways to "control" them. many people believe you need a bit but horse riding is actually all about your body language and how you are using body and legs to communicate with the horse.

In recent years bitless riding has become more popular, as riders have realised the benefits of not using a bit. One of the main benefits of bitless riding is that it is much more gentle on the horse's mouth. In addition, bitless riding can help to create a stronger bond between the rider and the horse, as they are communicating without any barriers.

Bitless Showjumping
Bitless showjumping is becoming more popular all the time, as riders realise the benefits of this type of riding. One amazing show jumper that demonstrates you can jump "serious jumps" is Holly Coetzee. She jumps her horses in a bitless under-cross bridle.

In showjumping it is essential that the horse is responsive to the rider's commands, and can be steered quickly and easily around the course. Bitless horses have been shown to be just as responsive as horses that are ridden with a bit, making them perfect for showjumping.

If you are thinking of giving bitless showjumping a go, here are some tips to get you started:

- Start out in a safe arena, safety first so do not forget your helmet 😉

- Be patient! It may take your horse a little while to get used to not wearing a bit. With time and patience, they will soon adapt to this new way of riding.

Bitless showjumping is becoming more and more popular, as riders realise the benefits of this type of riding. If you are thinking of giving it a go, be sure to follow these tips! And who knows, you may just be the next big name in bitless showjumping!

To read more about bitless showjumping, please visit our website FR Equestrian or some of our other bog articles.

The blog header image is Holly Coetzee. Photograph by Nour almasri photography.

April 11, 2022 — Marthe Mouthaan

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