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Research On Bitless Horses

On this page we will gather research on bitless bridles from around the world. Links will be provided where possible.

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1. Bonner, John.: Changing Tack; horses may prefer bridles with a bit missing. New Scientist. 4 July 1998, p16.
2. Dishington, Heather.: Spirit bridle: revolution or gimmick? The Australian Arabian Horse News. September 1998, p 55
3. Sykes, Melissa F.: Bitless Control The Backstretch. January/February 1999, p 21
4. McFarland, Cynthia: “Spirit without the bit’s bite” Thoroughbred Times 6 March 1999 p33-34
5. Barakat, Christine. “A Bitless Bridle for the 21st Century.” Equus 270, April 1999
6. Sykes, Melissa F : Equipment Change Florida Horse August, 1999
7. Price, Lorraine: February Product Review: The Bitless Bridle. North Carolina Horse News, February, 2000
8. Sykes, Melissa F. “The Bleeder’s List” Louisianna Horse Spring 2000, p43-46
9. Keller, Bettina,: “Part I; Die suche nach dem perfekten rennpferd”, PferdeSpiegel,July 2000 p52-54
10. Keller, Bettina.: “Part II; Was atmung alles ausmacht”, PferdeSpiegel, August 2000, p52-53
11. Jahiel, J: "Riding without a Bit." Horse-sense archives, 2000
12. Kessler, Joseph.: “Klassische Reitweise neu uberdenken – Wirkungen des Gebisses” Pferd & Freizeit, besamtausgabe/27.Jg., Nr.2/2001
13. Over, von Uta.: “Bitless Bridle; Eine alternative fur gebiss-sauere Pferd? Pferde heute 4/2001,p 61
14. Christ, Claudia.: “Kein Gebiss – trockenes Pferd” Pferd & Freizeit,besamtausgabe/27.Jg., Nr.2/2001
15. Jahiel, J: "What is this new bitless bridle?" Published online at
16. Jahiel, J: "Bit trouble." Published online at www.horse-sense.org/archives
17. Jahiel, J: "At the Horse Gathering this year" Published online at www. horse-sense.org/archives
18. Ebsen-Jackson, Bonnie.: “A bit of wisdom.” Trail Blazer, January/February 2001, p40-43
19. Whitfield, P: The Bitless Bridle. Published online at
20. Dobberthein, Ulrike.: “Maul Halten” Cavallo, March 2001, p12-23
21. Hentcy, Kathleen.: “Removal of the bit may improve control, safety and performance." Online at International Equine Science, July 2001
22. Peters Randi.: “Who Needs Bits?” Natural Horse. Vol 3, Issue 6, 2001, p44-47
23. Jahiel, J: “Going Bitless.” Equestrian Retailer. November 2001, p32-50
24. Marcella, Kenneth L.DVM: “Enough to make you shake your head.” Thoroughbred Times, June 29, 2002, p 45
25. Sykes, Melissa.: “Equipment check: something new, something different.” The Horseman’s Journal, Summer 2002, p35
26. The Scribe, The Horse’s Mouth.: Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar, Vol 42, Number 8, August 2002
27. Field, Ruth. “Going Bitless – Witless or Wise? Hoofbeats, Australia. October, 2002.
28. Thoresen, Annica Nygren. DVM (Norway) “Om anda hastar kunde skrika som grisar.” Swedish Veterinary Journal, Number 14, 2002
29. Sumerel, Dan.: “Understanding Equine Behavior.” Arabian Horse TimesMagazine, November, 2002, pp 192-193
30. Mendez, Manolo.: “Schooling the Horse: The importance of lengthening the neck.” Hoofbeats, Australia. 1/20/03 draft

31. Mills, D. S: “Shaken up; Part One …the latest research on headshaking causes and symptoms” Your Horse. p81-82, April –May, 2003
32. Mills, D.S: “Shake the Habit: Part Two.” Your Horse, p14, June-July 2003.
33. Bull, Maria.: “Train Your Horse at Home!: A first Timer’s Experience” Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar, Parts 3 & 4 ,May and June, 2003
34. Nevzorov, A: "Horse Encyclopedia." 2003 published online at
35. Anon: "Why use a Bitless Bridle?" Review of 'Metal in the Mouth.' 2003 Published online at
36. Rai, F: "Is riding without a bit dangerous?" Proceedings of the First International Strasser
Conference for Hoofcare pp93-96 2003 Available online at www.bitlessbridle.com
37. Conley, Pamela.: “Better than a Bit? You Bet!” Brayer 2003
38. Scoggins, R.D: "Bits, Bitting and Dentistry." Published online at
www.myhorsematters.com 2003
39. Winzeler, M & Albrecht, U.: “Uber ‘Mauleisen’, ‘Hufkrampen’ und des Beginn des metallfreien Pferdes” Huf-Rolle, Issue #4, 2003
40. Johnson, T: "Surgical removal of Mandibular Periostitis Bone Spurs Caused by Bit Damage." Proceedings of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, 2003
41. Urban, Christian.: “Erfahrungen mit dem Bitless Bridle.” Huf-Rolle, Issue #4, 2003
42. Case, Suzanne.: “Bitless or Bust: A Dressage Rider’s Journey. Natural Horse Magazine Volume 6, Issue 2, February 2004
43. Jahiel, Jessica.: “Ask the Expert: What do I do with a hard-mouthed horse?” Trail Blazer Magazine Issue 8, November 15, 2003 p18
44. Yelland, Lisa.: “’Riding the Bounds’ … Barefoot and Bitless!” The Horse’s Hoof,Issue 16. Summer 2004 page 1-2
45. Shaughnessy, A.F and Slawson, D.C: "Easy ways to resist change in medicine." British Medical Journal, 329, 18-25 2004
46. Jahiel, J: "Dressage in Bitless Bridle?" Published online at
www.horsesense.org/archives 2004
47. Thompson, W: “Mother and daughter ride barefoot and bitless." Pakenham-Berwick Gazette Wednesday 6th October 2004
48. Jahiel. J:“Trail Saddles and Tack” The Trail Rider,- September/October 2004, p62
49. King, M: “Artificial Aids: helpful or hurtful?" Horse Illustrated, November 2004,p32-35.
50. Robards, B: “Bitless Bridle in Harmony with a Horse's Nature." Valley Equestrian: Supplement to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Spring/Summer 2004. Published online at
51. Farnfield, K: “Bits Explained: Part 5 Bitless Bridles.” Online at
http://equicom.bizhosting.com/preview/kfbits5.htm“ 2004
52. Anon: “Is Bitless Best?" Horse & Rider, November 2004, p30-36
53. Garner, Claudia.: “Training with the Bitless Bridle & other training thoughts.” The Horse’s Hoof Issue 18 Winter 2005, p14
54. Price, Lorraine.: “February Product Review: The Bitless Bridle.” The American Farmer. Vol 2, Issue 2 February 2005, p2
55. Waterfall, Catherine.: “Should you go bitless?” Horse June 2005, p28-31
56. Dow, Leslie Smith: “Sore Mouth Mysteries.” Horse Canada March/April 2005 p16-20
57. Hulle, K: “Bitless Bridle Offers Pain-Free Communication” Holistic Horse Vol. 11 Issue #43,

September 2005, p11
58. Hulle, K: "Evolving Toward Harmony." Published online at
www.bitlessbridle.com 2005
59. Case. S.E: "Taking the OW out of WOW: Changing the Rules of Competition." Natural Horse Magazine, 7. Issue 3. May/June 2005
60. Shiers, Jessie. 101 Hunter/Jumper Tips The Lyons Press, November 2005
61. Have you tried this?: Feedback to “Have you Tried the Bitless Bridle?” Holistic Horse. Winter 2005, Vol 11, Issue 44, p19
62. Paglia, Judy: Less is More: "Some horses prefer a bridle with a bit missing." Dr. Cook’s Bitless Bridle Presentation at Equine Affaire 2005. Massachusetts Horse Magazine (Edit: LA Pomeroy) 2005/6
63. Trutmann, C: "The Bitless Bridle." presentation at Cornell. Published online at
64. Rider-Tack-Tested: You don’t always need a bit.” Horse and Pony Magazine (UK), February 2006
65. Tulp, M and van Daalen, T: " Een beter bit – versus – beter geen bit." Bit #.131, April 2005 pp 16-19
66. Cotterell, Jennifer: “The quest for Cody: A Florida woman fulfills her dreams with a retired Standardbred.” Hoof Beats, January 2006,Volume 73, Number 11, p139- 140
67. Dow, Leslie Smith.: Bitless Bridle Update: The bitless leading the witless? Horse Canada, july/august 2005 p51
68. Mills, D Taylor, K.D. & Cooper, J.J.: Weaving, Headshaking, Cribbing, and other Stereotypes. Proceedings of the 51st Annual Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners 2005
69. Wendy Wergeles (2006): "Drop into Water, Turn to a Cordwood Pile" Practical Horseman Vol 34, No. 3, March 2006, pp 70-77
70. Jahiel, Jessica: “Trail Bridles & Bits.” The Trail Rider May/June 2006, p68-79
71. Calkoen, Madeleine: “Bitloos: ja, nee o…”. Mensport. June.July 2006, pp22-26
72. Kamer, F?: ”Bitlous.” Mensport, 2006 pp12-14
73. Veterinary section. “Kopschudden bron van” (The Headshaking Syndrome) Mensport. 2006 pp20-22.
74. Roman, Nancy: “Product Review – The Bitless Bridle – Part One.” Saddle Up (Canada) June 2006, p31
75. Goodnight, Julie: “Give Your Horses a Break: Dr.Cook’s Bitless Bridle.” The Instructor.” (Official Publication of the Certified Horsemanship Association) Summer Issue 2006
76. Bowie, Andrew: “Bits, rings, gadgets and what true collection is supposed to be!” Available online at
www.equethy.com 6/28/06
77. Bendrey, R: "New Methods for the identification of evidence for bitting on horse remains from archaeological sites." Journal of Archaeological Science, 34, 1036-1050, 2007
78. King, N: "FEI Decides on Bitless Bridle." Horses for Life, April issue, 2007
79. McQuillan, Elizabeth: “A Bit Different: Ten good reasons to Try Riding Bit-Free.” Published in Ireland, England and Scotland’s ‘Equestrian’ magazines during 2007
80. Carey, J: "Festina Lente Foundation: Crossover Bitless Bridle Research Project" A conference presention made available on
www.bitlessbridle.com 2007
81. Carey, J: "Festina Lente Foundation: Crossover Bitless Bridle Research Project" The PowerPoint

Presentation for the above conference. Published online at www.bitlessbridle.com 2007
82. Nevzorov, A: "Dressage: Let's Dot the i's and Cross the t's: Do you want to kill a horse?" Published online at
www.NevzorovHauteEcole.com 2007
83. Nevzorov, A: "Neurocranialis Shock." Published online at
www.NevzorovHauteEcole.com 2007
84. Guillame, J: "Bitless Dressage" Published online at
www.bitlessbridle.com 2007
85. Williams, Jennifer: “Less Is More?” Stable Management February 2007, pp 20-23
86. Hatrick-Anderson, Cathie: “Can Everyone Ride Bitless”: Yes! Even Beginners!!” Apples ‘n Oats” Summer 2007 pp40-41
87. King, Marcia: “A New Breed of Bridle (Bitless).” The Horse. August 2007, p77-82.
88. Hayden, L: ‘Bitless Bridles.’ British Dressage. April 2007, p6
89. Barbato, E: Behavioural modifications in the sport horse following use of a crossunder bitless bridle. Abstract of a publication in Italy. October, 2007. Available on request at
90. Hickling, S: ‘Dr.Cook’s Bitless Bridle’ Tried and Tested. www.horsemart.co.uk 2007
91. Boatwright, Sara: Part 3. ‘Removing the Razors; All 4 The Horses.'
www.naturalhorsenetwork.com. September 6, 2007
92. Baker, Louise. “Hanna Hermoso meets Ramon Guerrero. Esencia P.R.E. September Issue, 2007, p 47
93. Anon: "Equine Wellness and FEI Rules." Published online at
www.bitlessbridle.com 2007
94. Waller, Linda.: “Are we causing unnecessary pain?” British Dressage. October/November, 2007, p56-57
95. Hatrick-Anderson, C: “Bitless Riding – The Horse’s Choice.” Natural Horse Magazine 2007 Vol. 9 Issue 5, pp 43-45
96. Roberts, R: "Eventing the Barefoot, Booted and Bitless Way!" The Horse's Hoof Issue 27, Spring/Summer 2007
97. Geyer, H: "The Influence of the Rein and Bit on the Movement of the Horse: Anatomical and Functional Considerations." Horses For Life March Issue, 2007
98. Hannah, C: ‘My Journey: The Ultimate Success Story.’ Natural Horse Magazine. 2007 Vol.9 Issue 5 pp 32-33
99. Howling, Kelly: “The Bitless Revolution.” Equine Wellness Magazine. Nov/Dec issue, 2007

100. Jahiel, J: "Are bits necessary for dressage?" Dressage Today. September, 2007, pp89-91
101. Bitloos experimenteren op Horse Event.” Mensport NR.07 2007 p 20-21
102. Quick, J.S. and Warren-Smith, A.K. “Preliminary investigations of horses’ (Equus caballus) responses to different bridles during foundational training.” In preparation, November 2007
103. McLachlan, L: "Don't Crank it!!" Published online at
www.prehorse.co.nz 2007
104. King, Marcia: “A new Breed of Bridle.’ The Horse. August 2007, p 77-82
105. Bevilacqua.M : ‘Nevzorov Haute Ecole Questions and Answers: When is a bit acceptable? Natural Horse Magazine Vol. 10, Issue 1 pp.20-21
106. Wainwright. W : Part 1. A History of the Bitless Bridle. Natural Horsemanship Magazine, Oct/Nov 2007 issue
107. Wainwright. W.: Part 2 Recent Developments in bitless bridle design. Natural Horsemanship Magazine Dec/Jan 2007 issue
108. Calkoen, Madeleine: Zonder Bit. Amazone Carriere en Paard, p35, Number 18, March/April 2008
109. Rogers, Krystyna: “Should I Go Bitless?” Horse and Rider (UK) September 2007
110. Chapman, Geraldine: “Horse Control and the Bit.” Horsepoint.com.au March 2008
111. Berrenrath, H: Bitless Racing and Showjumping. Proceedings of the Strasser World Conference on Natural Hoofcare 2003
112. Lee-Thompson, S: "Going Iron Free." Welsh Rider January 2008
113. Murphy, C: "Where are the brakes?" Independent newspaper, Ireland. June 10, 2008
114. Hopmans, Jan: “Bitless training-aid.” In Harness (UK) Issue 8 Winter 2008 p18-19
115. Killeen, K and Dean, Y: "Taggerty's Story" as told by the owner, a dressage judge. Published online at
www.bitlessbridle.com August 2008
116. Camp, J: "One good reason to go bitless." Published online at
www.soulofahorse.com 2008
117. Calkoen, M: Bitloos Mennen. PowerPoint presentation 2008
118. Calkoen, M: Wat Het Bit Teweeg Brengt PowerPoint presentation 2008
119. Calkoen, M: "Liverpool Driving Bit vs Crossunder Bitless Bridle: A bitted and bitless driving experiment." Mensport, September 2008
120. Calkoen, M: "Another successful bitless driving clinic in Holland." Published online at

www.bitlessbridle.com April 17, 2008
121. Calkoen, Madeleine: “The Bitless Driving Bridle.” Carriage Driving (UK). January 2009 pp28-29
122. Tell, A; Egenvall, A; Lundstrom, T; and Wattle, O: "The prevalence of oral ulcers in Swedish horses when ridden and when unridden." The VeterinaryJournal 178, 405-10, 2008
123. Bell, S: "Bitless Bridles - How they work." Published online at
www.successful-natural-healthcare.com 2008
124. Bell, S: "Brakes without a bit" Impossible!' Published at
125. Poulin, Beatrice: “Using the Bitless Bridle in Dressage Competitions.” Dressage Today. February 2009, p 11
126. Bennett, D.G: "An overview of Bits and Bitting." Proceedings of the American Association of Equine Practitioners 2009
127. Bennett, D.G: "Bitting Accessories and Bitless Bridles." Proceedings of the American Association of Equine Practitioners
128. Strassburger, J: "Bitless Disappoints Us: These bridles are supposed to make our horses more

comfortable." Horse Journal April, 2009
129. Strassburger, J: "The Bitless Bridle's Maker Responds: He believes our evaluation was flawed." Horse Journal, June 2009
130. Lalley. L: "Donkeys Triumph in Bitless Bridles." A report from the Western Australian Donkey Society on their Annual Conference. Published online at
www.bitlessbridle.com 2009
131. Nevzorov, A: "The Horse Crucified and Risen." 2009 published online at www.NevzorovHauteEcole.com
132. Alexander, E: "The Bitless Bridle - a clicker trainer's dream." Published at www.examiner.com 2009
133. Guillot, M: "The Official 2060 Superprix! Fan Guide: The definitive guide to mid-21st century dressage." Lulu Publishing, 2009

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