Dr Cook Bitless Bridle. Brown leather. New with tag, only tried on once. Cob Size. Fits my 14.2 Arab cross and could fit larger.
From the Dr Cook's Website:..
Benefits of The (Dr Cook's) Bitless Bridle - in Brief
Kinder Control: No more metal in the mouth. Man has been controlling the horse by applying pressure in one of the most sensitive parts of the horse's body. 'Natural Horse-Man-Ship', is now more readily available to everyone with the introduction of the crossover (crossunder) Bitless Bridle. The horse is happier, performance improved and the partnership with man more willing.
Safety & Security: Better "brakes". At no time can the rider be denied control. Your horse cannot "get-the-bit-between-its-teeth ". With this crossover (cross-under) Bitless Bridle, a rider cannot inflict pain.
Painfree Poll Pressure, not Poll Flexion: The Bitless Bridle controls by non-painful pressure on the poll, cheek and nose by a double loop system. It allows for a more natural position of the head and neck. Control is no longer dependent on painful mouth pressure, poll flexion and partial asphyxia. The Bitless Bridle pushes, whereas the bit pulls.
More Oxygen & More Engergy: Because your horse is not so flexed at the poll, which obstructs the airway at the throat, and because it is not retracting its tongue behind the bit, which causes the soft palate to rise and further obstruct the airway, it obtains more oxygen and, therefore, has more energy. Because it no longer "fights the bit" it wastes less energy and has more for performance.
Freedom of the Neck: The new bridle permits that freedom of the neck so essential for any athlete. The neck of a horse that leans on the bit tends to be tight and rigid. Stiffness of gait follows and the power, grace and rhythm of a horse's natural movement is forfeited.
Increased Concentration: The bit constitutes an impediment to performance. It initiates digestive system responses (salivation, chewing, tongue and palate movement) which are counterproductive. Eliminating the bit, allows the horse's nervous system to concentrate on breathing and galloping, rather than trying to respond simultaneously to signals that are diametrically opposed to exercise. Neither human nor horse should be asked to eat AND exercise.
Improved Performance: The Bitless Bridle improves a horse's balance. It lightens the forehand, lengthens the stride, strengthens impulsion and increases speed. Improved performance can be anticipated in all types of activity from dressage to racing.
Reduced Risk of Breakdowns: A horse that is less heavy on the forehand puts less strain on the bones, joints, tendons and ligaments of the forelegs.
No More Evasion of the Bit: Banishing the bit is the obvious cure for the common and all too familiar problems that are known to be caused by the bit. It may also alleviate a number of problems that are not currently associated with the bit; e.g., headshaking, flipping the palate; epiglottal entrapment and bleeding from the lungs.
No Need for Tongue-ties: These additional encumbrances are now rendered obsolete, as asphxiating tongue and soft palate movement is no longer initiated.
Do you have a head-shaking horse? A bit can trigger facial neuralgia and this, in turn, can be the cause of headshaking. (Read more about headshaking, including so-called 'seasonal headshaking', 'allergic' and 'light-sensitive' horses- The Bit as the cause of the Headshaking Syndrome)
Does your horse swallow its tongue? This is caused by the horse retracting its tongue away from the bit.
Dorsal Displacement of the Soft Palate (DDSP)? Also known as 'flipping the palate', and 'choking-up' - this results from the above and from horse's attempts to eat and excercise simultaneously.
Does your horse make a noise? Retraction of the tongue lifts the soft palate, narrows the airway, and causes the horse to 'roar'.
Is your horse heavy on the forehand? The bit unbalances your horse and reduces impulsion.
Are you a riding instructor who doesn't want to risk a novice to damaging the mouth of your fully-trained horse?
The Bitless Bridle is the answer.