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Throwback to Goldrush clearing 1.70 when we performed at the Australian Internat…

August 16, 2017
Thankyou so much to On The Pulse Equine PEMF for coming out to treat Goldush in …
August 16, 2017

Throwback to Goldrush clearing 1.70 when we performed at the Australian International 3 day event in Adelaide last year.

Why do I not have a bit on Goldrush?

Most of the time I ride without using a bit with Goldrush because he simply doesn’t like them. Before you comment- YES I have tried him in every bit possible and his teeth are excellent.

When he has a bit in he will often open his mouth and fight constantly even if there is no pressure on the reins- he doesnt stop chomping and is clearly uncomfortable.

MOST people would put a tight ‘drop noseband’ on to force his naughty mouth closed.

You will never see me use a drop noseband ever again- WHY? Because it is masking the issue instead off fixing the problem.

The horse is opening his mouth out of discomfort, confusion or pain… NOT because he is being naughty!

The horses mouth and nose is just as sensitive as ours (if not more) Tight drop nose bands seriously interfere with the horses breathing, and are nothing short of painful.

Disagree? Please go strap your own mouth shut putting tight pressure on the sides of your nose and go exercise. Now tell me how much you love it 🙂

We must always be able to put ourselves in our horses position. Would you like it done to you- would it help you or hinder you?
Ask the question WHY is my horse doing this?

I do not have an issue with bits and I use them on many horses. However- I will always try to work with the individual horse instead of what the horse world says is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’.

I want my horse to be happy and I do not want to fight. I do what ever I can to make this happen. Some horses like Goldrush do not like bits and you are better off riding them bitless.

I see so many horses with their mouths tightly shut… please DO NOT do this to your horse. When the rider is asked ‘why’ they have a tight drop noseband on- the most common reply is “My instructor told me to” or “Everyone does it”

SOME HANDY ADVISE- Don’t let your instructor or friend put forceful gear on your horse because they are more experienced then you. YOU are the voice for your horse and it is your responsibility to make sure he is ok. When you know its wrong SAY NO 🙂

#commonsence #bekind #findtherightanswer #howwouldyoufeel



  1. Anonymous says:

    Can’t believe some people are so narrow minded…you do what works for each horse…& personally I think if I was a horse, I would much rather bitless than a piece of metal in my mouth no matter how ‘gentle’ it was…it’s great to see you out there Alycia, showing people that bits aren’t a necessary piece of equipment <3 😉🐎

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  4. Anonymous says:

    ❤️ your work & completely agree with every word!

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  6. Anonymous says:

    I ride and jump one of mine bitless as she hates the bit. Her owner still rides her in a bit, not much I can do there unfortunately

  7. Anonymous says:

    i agree so much. i use bits, but have had the opportunity to ride bitless with horses who needed it that way, i am not for or against bits. I am for horses.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Well said.! Stupid trolls. Probably don’t even ride 😳😳

  9. Anonymous says:

    I think it’s wonderful you ride bitless!!! And it’s your horse!!!! You’re an amazing rider and horse mommie!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Love this

  11. Anonymous says:

    Awesome! I don’t ride in anything but a rope halter. Haven’t put a bit in my horses’ mouths in years

  12. Anonymous says:

    👏🏻 very well said!
    I’m amazed you even have to justify it!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Do you think it’s at all possible for a horse to be more comfortable in a flash than a normal cavesson (not tightly done up)?

  14. Anonymous says:

    Words of wisdom 😀 – Shame more shows dont approve of bitless…

  15. Anonymous says:

    If you can ride and jump like that without a bit then y wouldn’t you it just shows how amazing your riding and care for the horse is

  16. Anonymous says:

    love that statement

  17. Anonymous says:

    The proof is definitely in the pudding with this one! Look at the things this horse and rider team can achieve, simply by using the best method they can in order to keep them both happy and comfortable!!
    Love your work!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Omg yes 😍

  19. Anonymous says:

    I so agree with this! I love your work! Thank you for sharing with us!

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