Ideal for educating, trail riding, endurance, horsemanship, ponies and pleasure riding. The rope LightRider Bridles give your horse the most comfort and you the most versatility of use as a halter (to tie solid with a lead rope) and as a bitless bridle. This is the original design I started with and the one I use most myself for comfort and convenience. Check out the differences between bridle styles and materials here.
Comes with black 10mm polyester double braid rope reins to match the size (add a note to your order if you want longer reins) - these reins are designed for lightness and correct maximum release of the chinstrap. See more info on the reins here.
Mini/Small Pony=2m reins, Pony/Cob=2.6m (100") reins, Full=3m (118") reins, W'Blood/Draft=3.6m (142")reins.
The purpose of the soft webbing chin strap is to help the noseband stay in place when pressure is applied to the reins - this keeps the noseband in place, to give clear and direct communication.
When rein pressure is applied the chinstrap becomes snug but does not over-tighten due to the type of webbing used, so most of the pressure is on the top of the nose. This bridle is usually well accepted by sensitive horses.
The bridle can also be used like a straight sidepull by clipping the chinstrap and noseband rings together (recommended if your horse hasn't experienced a chinstrap before).
Sizes/Colours: Mini to warmblood/draft, with coloured headstalls: Black, Black/gold zig zag, Brown/gold zig zag, Purple or Blue with black contrasting browband, noseband and chinstrap.
Reins are all black except for the Zig Zag colours which match the bridle colour.
SPECIAL OFFER: Buy a LightRider Bitless Bridle or Bitless Noseband and receive $20 off the BITLESS RIDING BASICS DVD.
Email me before you order to get the discount code, so the DVD can be shipped with your bridle.
For more information How to Choose a Bitless Bridle and videos on How to Fit the LightRider Bitless Bridles, visit www.lightriderbridles.com
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Posted by Geoff Watson on 18th Mar 2013
My horse Ben is a beautiful black almost 16hh, 23 year old TBred who was not ridden for 14 years. Our journey together over the past 24 months has been amazing for both of us as he has progressed from a fearful,claustrophobic nightmare to a relaxed but still spirited trail hack. Together we built his confidence in the Parelli rope halter and associated hackamore and he copes well in this arrangement.I purchased the Lightrider Rope Natural though, because I am seeking a more sensitive level of head contact. I was delighted with the look and quality feel of the materials when I unpacked it and the black/gold fleck was just the right trail look I hoped for the moment I put it on. Initially I led him around just using the reins connected to both rings each side as a direct side pull. He responded calmly so I then connected the reins to each of the chin strap rings and led him for several minutes with no problems. Soon I was riding him like this in an open arena space. He was more responsive to my turning rein than in the hackamore and we managed trotting and a short canter.After 15 minutes I noticed his adrenalin rising though, and decided to walk him home. I think he realised that much more could be asked of him in this bitless bridle and he was uncertain about how much more! Unlike many horses from the reviews I've read who decide straight away that bitless is a better deal, I sense that Ben will take time to adjust. He has a holiday for 3 months while I am overseas but when we get back together we will resume the journey. Thanks Cynthia for a super product!
Posted by Tamara Blits on 15th Mar 2013
My horse didn't mind me putting it on. he moves pretty good with it. It's hard to bridle my horse. He always lifts his head and backs away. This bridle is easy to put on, and is like putting on a halter. I think he will do okay, without a bit.
Posted by Sherri on 19th Feb 2013
I thought it might take awhile for my horse to get used of this bridle (she is used of a hackamore), but she had no trouble adapting at all, if anything I have found her more responsive. Very impressed. Thankyou.
Posted by Gaylene Lister on 8th Sep 2012
I received my biteless bridle about 1 month ago. The next day fitted per instructions and tried my mare in the round yard checking out responses and making sure "brakes" were still in place. She responded unbelievable to this. I was known as the 'hand nazi' by my friends as I've also liked very soft contact on horses mouths - this has taken my riding to a new amazingly lighter level an with out a doubt, my mare much prefers the freedom as well. Certainly this bridle lives up to its "Light Rider" name. Shaz will easily come straight back from canter with the slightest 'half halt' and her 'back up' is immediate. Truely impressed. Thank you
Posted by Rosanne, West Tamar TAS on 29th Mar 2012
Thank you a hundred times Cynthia! I bought the purple one for our Welsh A pony as she didn't seem happy with the eggbutt snaffle she had when we bought her. I also have lots of kids riding her, so wanted to give her mouth a break. She goes SO well in the bitless, is great for the kids, and I took her out on a long trail ride the other day with friends and had perfect control and communication. I also love the fact you can have reins and a lead rope off it too- perfect for learners.
She was doing so well in it that I tried it on my very excitable, full steam ahead Quarab, who is hard to communicate with and gets very nervy. She was so different after one ride I was astounded. Calm, thinking, and responsive-- even with her 2mo foal under foot! After I had another small ride I decided to pop over a little jump (previously that rendered her uncontrollable for the rest of the ride!)and after 3 or 4 jumps she came straight back to a walk on a totally loose rein-- unheard of! I'm going to get a noseband now so I can ride her bitless in her leather bridle. THANK YOU AGAIN and highly recommended!
Posted by Nikki K. in the UK. on 24th May 2011
Thank you for your excellent service, I received my rope bridle on Tuesday 17.5.11 and Hannah my warmblood mare loves it. I took her round the village pass the workmen building a new wall around the church with lots of machinery and noise, village trafic including a white van on a sharp corner that came a bit too close but she managed with a few strides of jog and then came back to walk. When we got back to the yard I just changed the reins to the head collar setting and tied her up outside her stable ready to take her saddle off.
Fantastic design love it to bits.
Posted by Grace on 26th Dec 2010
I found your LightRider Rope Naturals the best because they are so effective on my 3 horses. 1 of my horses is a 2yo filly who I use the Natural on for groundwork. Then there's my goey pony mare who I can control very easily with the Natural! And my QH gelding who is very responsive in the Natural! I also have an Arabian mare who will be re-trained Bitless with your LR Natural! :) I love it and so do ALL my horses! Thankyou.
Posted by Grace on 16th Jul 2010
I find you LightRider Natural sooo.. great to work with! It doesn't ever cause my horse to sweat, even on 1-2hr Trail Rides! My horse responds very well in it!
Posted by Rikki from U. K. on 5th Jul 2010
Just to let you know how I am getting on with your rope light rider bitless bridle. It is great and I am very pleased with it. I was already riding my icelandic horse in a bitless cross under type bridle, which was fine for riding out on tracks and she seemed to like it, however when it came to tight turns or trying to get rein and feet coordination, she was bracing against the pull on the rein. I was not able to get a feel - it was a case of hold until she gave then release.
The same when turning back to shut a gate (we have lots ) - a complete brace. However with yours it is a lot clearer for her so I just lift the rein and she moves over. Also I thought it is very good for riding out with one rein - just clip lead rope on and leave two reins on if you want. Wonderful. Thanks.
Posted by Julie S. Victoria. on 5th Jul 2010
Kate was in one of her 'do everything at 100 miles an hour moods'- pulling, rushing and wanting to get home and as you can see she is a big strong girl. Well the bridle didn't miss a beat, I had total control and felt 100% safe. Thank you so much for letting me try it out, I am really impressed with it.
Posted by Tara N. Tasmania. on 5th Jul 2010
“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,"
Posted by Kim R. Tasmania on 5th Jul 2010
"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."
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