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Dr. Cook (#22099)

Dr. Cook® Beta Bitless Bridle

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The Dr. Cook® Beta Bitless Bridle was developed by Dr. Robert Cook after years of research, inspiration, and perspiration! The Dr. Cook® Bitless Bridles are marketed all over the world and used in all disciplines. It is the most accepted and trusted 'bit free' bridle on the market. The Bitless Bridle allows the rider gentle, effective control and clear communication with painless pressure that is distributed around the whole of the horse’s head. Made from beta, a leather-like synthetic material that is composed of a nylon core with a vinyl coating, this bridle is impervious to dirt and sweat and will give you years of use with no maintenance required.

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Dr Cook's Bitless Bridle Beta Reins sold separately.


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  • Allows you to communicate effectively with your horse via gentle pressure instead of a bit
  • The most accepted and trusted "bit free" bridle on the market
  • Beta material is durable, requires no maintenance, and has an attractive, leather-like appearance


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    Dr. Cook® Beta Bitless Bridle is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 75.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soft Love this bridle. Its soft and my horses work well with it.
    Date published: 2016-07-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dr Cooks Beta Bitless Bridle Hawk so appreciates the gentleness of the bridle yet follows the reining commands that is asked of him. I've only had him for 3 years whom I bought him off my friend. She said that the people that owned and trained him before used a harsh but which he has a permanent laceration across his tongue. So, you can see why I love this Bitless bridle.
    Date published: 2016-06-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice looking bridle I have only been able to use this a few times, but it is a nice looking bridle and my horse was very receptive to it. Also, it isn't leather, so cruelty free!
    Date published: 2016-05-13
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a fan of the faux leather Very functional and my horse is happy with this compared to the hackamore we were using. The faux leather is very plasticy and doesn't look fabulous. In retrospect I wish I had upgraded to the leather headstall.
    Date published: 2016-05-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I have to start by saying I have a great horse, but he took so well, and so quickly to this bitless bridle that I have to give kudos to the great engineering as well! I went from a broken snaffle bit to bitless with this bridle, and there was almost no learning curve for both horse and rider. I got the synthetic leather version, and absolutely love the no-maintenance material. Sorry to gush, but I'm really happy with the whole thing!
    Date published: 2016-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Bridle Ever!!! I got this bridle for Christmas and when I rode my mare in it for the first time she was amazing! She was better then when we have a bit in! She was so soft and calm!
    Date published: 2016-04-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product Used on my Ottb for fun. Looks great and he loves it!
    Date published: 2016-04-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing I bought this and my horse loves it. Gentle and effective. Could not ask for a better bridle. Bitless is the way to go.
    Date published: 2016-02-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My horse LOVES this bridle!! I chose to try the Dr. Cook's Bitless bridle because my OTTB has a tendency to toss his head when we ride and bite down on the bit and try to pull the reins out of my hands. So, I really wanted to go bitless. Well, my horse loves this bridle. He is so relaxed now when we ride, he no longer tosses his head or tries to pull. He is head is relaxed and never too high and for the first time ever he has rounded at the canter with very light contact! It makes me so happy that my horse is so happy!
    Date published: 2016-01-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy Horse! My big warmblood loves this bridle. He is soft and responsive in it. The material is great too. Very easy to clean and keep looking nice.
    Date published: 2016-01-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cooks bitless bridle Love the bridle. Very comfortable for tbe horse. I would recommend it this bridle for any type of horse.
    Date published: 2015-12-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Beta Material I previously wrote a positive review on the Dr. Cook's bitless beta bridle (scroll down). I would like to amend that I am quite pleased with the Beta material. I vacillated between purchasing the leather one, or the more economically priced Beta version. I went with the Beta to save on funds, as I was not sure how effective the bridle would be. I love both the bridle, AND the Beta material. It is low maintenance, but has a nice look to it. :-)
    Date published: 2015-12-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light as a feather! I own a light, sensitive, off-track young TB mare. In restarting her (working dressage & jumping), I have realized how 'less is more' with her. She stretches into the contact with a bit fine, but when I saw this Dr. Cook's bitless bridle, the design spoke to me and I thought it would be perfect for this mare! People tend to be traditional, and will look at me like I am nuts for going bitless on a hot, sensitive horse. I have found that my mare 'rides like butter' in this bridle, and has no fuss. She responded to it instantly, stretches down just as nicely, and has better turns. I have not experienced any spooks or bolts while riding in it, so I can not yet estimate how much control it offers in that situation, but it seems better than I expected. I am definitely keeping this bridle!
    Date published: 2015-12-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from No more chomping! I recently acquired a 13 Tennessee Walker and I didn't know anything about her background. She runs just a little hot at first, and her way to deal with tension was to chomp on her bit. If the bit had a shank, she pulled it into her mouth and chomped on that. She is a rather "mouthy" horse, so the chomping was just one of the struggles I faced with her. I tried three different bits, but after using Dr Cook's Bitless Bridle, she is much less mouthy with everything. She settles in on the trail much more quickly, yet she is still as responsive as she was with the bit in her mouth. Overall, she is a happier and calmer horse.
    Date published: 2015-09-28
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not crazy about metal rings Decent bitless bridle but I'm not crazy about the rings on either side of the mouth-they will rub a horse raw in the wrong hands-
    Date published: 2015-09-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bitless is the way to go! I love this product. Horses respond well to it and trust more. I have used product on horses that have experienced the misuse of a bit. They are no longer defensive and reactive. I recommend this product for beginners to they can learn the contact without aggravating the horse. I like the leather one better
    Date published: 2015-09-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I have one brown and one black to match my different saddles. I love them, my horse listens really well in it. Can even get an extended trot and a collected canter
    Date published: 2015-09-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it. Going from a snaffle to this bitless bridle has been an easy and successful transition. It works well for my horse who used to be a lesson horse and was constantly rooting and pulling her head forward even with no contact. She no longer does this and I've had no problems with steering/stopping her for wtc and small jumps.
    Date published: 2015-08-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the bridle, but not the matching reins I purchased the Beta Bitless Bridle and matching Beta Reins. I love the bridle and my horse, who has never used a bitless bridle, immediately responded positively too it. The downfall is that the matching reins are an awkward length and much too short. I'm going to return both the Beta Bitless Bridle and Beta Reins for Leather ones because the western reins are much longer.
    Date published: 2015-07-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! This Bitless Bridle is awesome! I didn't really want to buy it but I thought, "Oh well, If I don't like it I can just send it back". (They do this free of charge). But I don't want to send it back now!! My thirteen year old girl rides her Appy mare in it all the time and she does great! Even with Barrel racing and jumping!! She needs a lot of control and I DID NOT think it would have enough control for her (She's pretty head strong) but this works great! She use to toss her head a lot with a Hackamore but she doesn't AT ALL with this bridle. It's very easy to clean, seems VERY durable and fairly easy to put on. It just takes a little more time to put on because of there being two chin straps. It's a really good design and I would definitely recommend this product. Well worth the money!
    Date published: 2015-07-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dr. Cooks (in my opinion) is the best in Bit-Less This is my 3rd Bit-less Bridle. they are everything and more in what is professed. I recommend Dr. Cooks 100%
    Date published: 2015-06-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great alternative to using traditional bridle with After just one day I had the same horse under me as I did using a bridle. She is great out on trails and just as responsive doing dressage with this bridle. (I got this bridle because she had dental issues and a canker sore she was recovering from) Normally this is a forward, and sometimes hysterical, mare, but she is obedient and comfortable with the Bitless Bridle.
    Date published: 2015-06-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome product I bought this bridle for my husband because his horse hated a bit in his mouth but I told him I wanted to try it on my horse Legacy so I saddled her up and put the bridle on her and we were off, it's the best ride we have ever had, her response was incredible! We will be getting more of these bridal shower for our other horses, if you want a great ride and a comfortable horse then this is the bridle for you.
    Date published: 2015-05-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It I bought this bridle about a month ago, wasn't sure it would work. Let me tell you, my horse loves it and is ready to go riding anytime now. Took a couple times of riding to get it adjusted right, but once that was accomplished, she responds good. Will never use a bit again. Thanks you Dr. Cook. When my horse is happy, so am I. Ordering from Smartpak was easy and shipping was fast. I love their return policy, if not satisfied, return it.
    Date published: 2015-04-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Beta Bitless Bridle I am so glad I made this purchase. Both my horse and I love this bridle. Best part is he no longer fights me when I bridle him. I love the fact that this is offered in Beta as I try to use synthetic whenever possible. I am very happy with this purchase.
    Date published: 2015-04-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impeccable Customer Service, Incredible product I recently decided to try out the Bitless Bridle on my mare because she was experiencing discomfort with the bit. I had tried numerous different bits, even a sliding ring snaffle, yet neither of us were ever content. I found myself just riding with a halter instead of a bit until now. The Bitless Bridle has worked wonders on the riding experience for the both of us. SmartPak also has incredible customer service, so I felt comfortable trying something new knowing that I would have an easy return process if the bridle did not work out. Thank you SmartPak !!
    Date published: 2015-03-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent quality construction Since I bought my first Bitless Bridle 12 years ago, I have use them on all of my horses, even my mini. I even use them to drive my Quarter horse on trails.
    Date published: 2015-01-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never Using a Bit Again! After trying many different bits that my horse would just fight, I thought I would give this a try and my horse is so happy I did! Such a great effective yet gentle product. The beta material is super easy to care for and comfortable on the horse. You can do anything in this bridle that you can in a bit. I honestly love it so much and so does my horse!
    Date published: 2014-12-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product Really happy to have a bitless bridle -- it is much more comfortable for the horse than the standard halter and two lead ropes! The horses respond very well, there is no cold, uncomfortable bit in the mouth.
    Date published: 2014-12-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great product! The bitless bridle is the best bridle I have ever used. It has always been my preference and I believe the horses prefer it as well. I have never had any problems with my horses getting away from me, they respond to me extremely well, and they actually look forward to going out onto the trails! One of the most important pieces of tack in my barn!
    Date published: 2014-12-08
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