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22nd March 2011, 02:09 PM
My friend's pony has done lots of driving in an open bridle and she is trying to find a harness with an open bridle instead of with blinkers. Where would be the best place to get one or can you buy them with removable blinkers, or would a normal riding bridle be ok to use.
My friend has lunged him with my harness on him but he really didn't seem to like the blinkers. He kept throwing his head about and got the bridle off with it.
Any help appreciated.
22nd March 2011, 02:19 PM
Im not a driving person at all but i wouldnt see a reason why you couldnt drive in a normal bridle,
22nd March 2011, 10:45 PM
I wonder if you could find a link via a natural horsemanship site or the Bitless Bridle site? I would like to start Susie in harness one day and as she already has only one eye I certainly don't intend to limit what little vision she has. A lot of horses are driven perfectly successfully without blinkers and I'm sure that they get used to whatever they are trained in. I know bitless bridles tend to be blinkerless as well, so there is no particular reason why blinkers are essential.
22nd March 2011, 10:54 PM
I have just seen a site i think it was bitless uk and they sell bitless bridles that convert from blinkers to non blinkers vice versa if you by seperate cheek pieces to convert it.I am just about to convert to a normal bridle myself as my shettie hates his blinkers as well ,a lot are fine with normal bridles.
22nd March 2011, 11:32 PM
Just use a normal snaffle bridle, it will be absolutly fine
23rd March 2011, 09:01 PM
Thanks everyone. I will tell her to use her normal bridle.
My Crazy Clan
29th March 2011, 10:52 PM
Blinkers can make them or break them, my boy doesn't really like them either but as hes learning I am determined to keep them on.
But you can take the blinkers off or like you said use a normal bridle.
4th April 2011, 09:07 AM
I drive Joe unblinkered, he's in a normal bridle. It just took a bit of time to find one that matched my harness.
Apparently, (have no idea how true this is) the reason for horses being blinkered whilst driving is to stop them getting mesmorised by the cart wheel esp if the cart has big wheels. But Joe's been driven for the past 3 years and we've never had anyproblems :)
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