Well it was such a shame that Moo was poorly when Claire arrived as she had kindly brought her Heather Moffett saddle and Dr Cook's bitless bridle for me to play with. Those who read me regularly will know the problems I have had in accepting what is possible when riding bitless. I'm currently using a hackamore and really like the effect it gives in my hand and when Di visited we played at feeling where the pressure of the Dr C's BB and the hackamore acted on the horses head. Amidst lots of giggles I think it was easy to feel (human wearing the bridles!!) where the pressure was acting. Feeling the bridles on the horse and using flexions made it even more obvious to me that the hackamore has a more precise action; perhaps not unlike the comparison between a straight bar mullen mouth and a curb bit.
Any way, I digress, today I worked Moo in-hand in the BB which Claire has kindly left me to try. Interestingly he was hard on my hands :-( but I did like the straightness that I could maintain in his neck and head. Alas though no great possibility of getting flexions to the side as I can with the hackamore.
I shall video in both bitless options and see what it all looks like. Claire says I over analyse but I guess I can't just accept stuff so here I go analysing again, lol.
I now have all the stretches to do with Moo after he has worked so I'll keep you posted on how we go.