Manufacturer: Nurtural Horse
Model: Bitless Bridle
Category: Western Bridles
Purchase: I have three leather Nurtural bitless bridles -- a Western style one for my APHA, and two English style ones for my Morgan and my Welsh cross. I got all three from Nurtural Horse directly -- prices listed on their website.
I got my first Nurtural bridle for my Morgan, who was never happy in a bit, even the ultra-expensive Sprenger KK Ultra ones I bought for him (that cost more than the Nurtural bridle!). I had originally gone bitless by trying a soft leather side-pull, but this did not give me enough control if he would put his head down to grab grass on the trails. I decided to try the Nurtural (had ridden another horse in a Dr. Cook once and was not impressed), and I am SO glad I did!
Likes: There is so much to like about this product and the company that makes them: quality construction, excellent customer service, great selection of styles and materials (I like leather, but many people love the synthetic ones for the ease of care and lower cost). Most importantly, however, is the fact that HORSES ARE HAPPIER in them. I am a trainer and have now put a number of students into the Nurtural bridle -- the results have always been positive and sometimes downright astounding. I have consistently found that horses are lighter, softer, more responsive, less worried and actually carry themselves better in the Nurtural. And yes, they stop better, too!
Dislikes: Very minor: The only thing I don't like about the Nurtural is that when you pull on the reins, the cheek pieces gap away a bit from the horse's head. This does not affect the function of the bridle, but it is not "aesthetically" as fitted-looking as a bitted bridle in this one sense. There is nothing Nurtural could do to change this -- it is simply a function of how this type of bridle works.
Quality: Excellent construction and high-quality materials. Expect to have your Nurtural for a lifetime with proper care.
Summary: I noticed one negative review on this website. All I can say is that gal might have done too much too soon. I like to do what a couple of other people here have recommended -- do a bit of work on the ground to get the horse used to the feel of the mechanics of the bridle. Some horses are easily frightened or upset by anything that feels different, but once they get used to it, they are fine. That said, I do believe that there is not "one size fits all" with horses, so there may be the occasional horse that this product doesn't work for. I personally have not met one yet, and I highly, highly recommend the Nurtural Bitless bridle. It works better than the Dr. Cook and seems to be made much better, in my opinion. If I could give this more than a "5" here, I would!
Author: Susan K
Usefulness Rating: 3.75 out of 5.
4 reader(s) voted.
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