When it comes to bitless bridles, two of the most populair options are: the sidepull and the hackamore. Both have their own unique benefits and drawbacks, so which one is right for you? In this blog post, we will take a closer look at both types of bitless bridles and help you decide which one is best for your horse!



The sidepull bridle consists of a noseband and headstall that are attached to each other with reins. The noseband goes over the horse’s nose and the headstall goes over the horse’s poll/atlas. This type of bitless bridle is very simple to put on and take off, and it is also very adjustable. You can easily adjust the noseband to fit your horse’s individual needs.

One of the main benefits of using a bitless sidepull is that it works similar as a bitted bridle. For this reason the sidepull is a popular choice for many equestrians that are looking for a good bitless bridles. A sidepull bridle has an instant release and is therefor a great bridle to ride with.

The hackamore bridle is a bitless bridle that has two shanks on each side of the bitless bridle. The longer the shanks of the hackamore bridle the more leverage they have. The hackamore bridle is attached under the horse’s chin and goes over the head.

A big advantage of using a bitless hackamore bridle is that it gives the rider more "control" over the horse. If you are looking for a bitless bridle that gives you more control, then the hackamore bridle may be a good choice for you. A

So, what’s the difference between a bitless sidepull and a bitless hackamore bridle? The main difference is in the way they work. The sidepull bridle works similar to a bitted bridle, while the hackamore bridle gives the rider more control. So, which bitless bridle is right for you? It all depends on your individual needs and preferences!

Do you have any experience with bitless sidepull or bitless hackamore bridles? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

March 28, 2022 — Marthe Mouthaan

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