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Dr Cook's Bitless Western Headstall

Bitless Bridle Inc.
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Dr Cook's Bitless Western Headstall features an independent rein straps and a smooth, comfortable noseband that provides a clear, pain-free signal and instant release. Although The Bitless Bridle is indisputably a bitless bridle it bears no other resemblance to the pre-existing and traditional bitless bridles. Dr Cook's Bitless Western Headstall works on an entirely new and different concept compared with all previous bridles. The Bitless Bridle  provides full service communication, whereas the traditional bitless bridles have limitations in their ability to provide for rider/horse communication. 

 Dr Cook's Bitless Western Leather Reins sold separately.

Favorite Features

  • Hand crafted out of quality US bridle leather. (Wickett & Craig of America).
  • Crafted by some of USA's finest American leather workers.
  • Features western looking buckles and have silver star removable Conchos at the browband.



Bridles available in medium (average horse) Small (ponies and very small horses) and Large (Warmblood).
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    Dr Cook's Bitless Western Headstall is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 15.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than expected I bought this for my older Quarter Horse mare. She's a fully trained Western Pleasure horse with no outstanding vices or bad behaviors that need correction. She can sometimes get heacy in the bit, and when I have to do a lot of flexing and such to get her loosened up I feel awfully bad just tugging on her mouth constantly. This bridle is a great solution. I get just as good poll flexion in this bridle, and she seems less fidgety. This bridle only falls short of 5 stars for me because it's a bit difficult to get a deep bend to either side, and I notice she tends to want to drop her shoulders a bit more in this bridle.I should say however, we have done a total of 3 rides in this bridle, so I think some of the difficulty will be resolved shortly with some pretty straightforward re-training. Overall, this bridle is a great purchase, and I think every horse should be given a chance to go bitless.
    Date published: 2016-12-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable!! I recently bought a mule that was previously trained for riding and packing and I could tell from the first time I rode her that she has a sensitive mouth and/or had figured out how to avoid the bit instructions by going tongue over bit. I tried a loose ring snaffle and d-ring snaffle before I started looking into the bitless bridles and she constantly gaped and shook her head and was quite difficult to ride. I ordered Dr Cooks bridle and my mule did great the first time out! I was skeptical trying it for the first time because my mule is pretty head strong and I was worried I wouldn't have enough control but it has been even better than I could have imagined! This bridle absolutely works as advertised!! It took her a few times out to really be comfortable and get the hang of it but it is really amazing the difference this bridle has made, I may never use a bit again on any horse or mule!
    Date published: 2016-09-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice leather I really wanted a leather Dr Cooks, I had the Beta. The leather is not stiff, it's nice and pliable.
    Date published: 2016-05-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent quality. I was expecting a little better leather quality, this doesn't take conditioner well and had a weird feel - it's nothing like English leather, harness leather or Herman Oak. The brow band was too small for my small headed 15'1 hand Quarter Horse mare so, I swaped it out from my snaffle bridle set up and it is much prettier now too. My horse responded well to it the first time using it. I like it much better than riding in a ridgid nose piece sidepull (which seemed too severe) or my rope halter. I got this primarily for my daughter (7yrs) to not hurt my mare's mouth and to trail ride - as I do let my horse eat as we go.
    Date published: 2016-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent purchase I have a 16.1 OTTB that came directly from the track. This bridle complemented the Warwick Schiller training methods seamlessly. He's used in 3-day eventing and also with this bridle specifically for trail riding western. While I use latigo leather split reins, it could easily be used in English and he flexes at the poll easily. The color in the photo for the Western headstall is very accurate. Medium is the perfect size for my very typical OTTB's head.I am considering purchasing another one to match my English saddle. It really does have enough control for cross-country.
    Date published: 2016-04-28
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