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About dawndi

I've been a very happy film producer (commercial and long format) for over 20 years. But, the horses have always been foremost in my heart... Currently I live on a small ranch in California with my wonderful husband, 13 horses, 4 dogs, 3 cats and various woodland creatures. Life is good!

Go Bitless and Feel Secure! I Love My LG Bridle and so do 5 of my Horses!


It is totally a personal preference if you wish to use a bitless bridle.  So, I’m not writing this to convince anyone to go bitless.  I’m writing this because I finally found a bitless bridle that gives me as much control as possible, a nice headset and is comfortable for my horse.

(Since I originally wrote this post, the dressage rider in the USA who was importing them no longer imports them, I think because she was a Mom and it became too much to organize.   I did contact LG and they asked me to import them  — see below in red to order. )

Here is the original post:

I’ve taken this picture from their website. (I have no affiliation with them, I just like the product.)

WHAT IS IT? I know it looks odd, sort-of like a wheel.  Let me tell you, it works beautifully!  The LG Bridle was invented by a German Dressage Rider.  She needed or wanted a way to bridle her horse without a bit that would give her head set plus control and that could be sanctioned by the dressage community.  This was her invention.

I don’t remember how I found out about it, but I remember going to the website to check it out.  There are several videos there that show the bridle in action.  Impressive.  You see jumpers and dressage riders as well as trail riders using the bridle.

HERE IS HOW IT WORKS… You use your own headstall.  What you are buying are the two wheels and the nose/chin straps.  You fit it to your horse according to how they hold their heads and move.  So, the spokes are levels of control, let’s say.  You connect the top of the wheel to the headstall, the inside of the wheel to the nose band, the back of the wheel to the chin strap and then the adjustable part is where you attach your rein.  The closer to the chin strap, the less severe of a pull on the poll and nose.  You can set it to be more like a side-pull or to work like a rein that encourage a head set.  When you lift your rein, the contact lowers the poll and pulls the nose to whatever degree you have it set.  Does that make sense?

THE DIFFERENCE here than with other bitless bridles (and I’ve tried them all) is that you have no crossed  or single reins that go through a ring(s) that then need to release once the horse gives.  Most all other bitless bridles don’t release immediately.  My horses were frustrated with other bitless bridles because they either didn’t release, got hung up, or pulled too hard on the poll – or for me, were too ineffectual for the head set.

I BOUGHT THIS BRIDLE BECAUSE it sounded right from the website.  I could see how it would work.  Truth to tell, it took me a few tries to get it adjusted correctly.  But, once I did , my Morgan mare was a DREAM.  I swear, she was so happy!  Granted, this mare was trained to a bit or a hackamore, so one could say that she was already comfortable with a hackamore style so that is why she took to this bridle.  Read on for my answer to that.

I TRIED IT ON 5 HORSES AND HERE ARE MY RESULTS:  OK, well, in the paragraph above, I described how my Morgan mare who has a lot of “go!” loved it!  So now I was ready to try it on my other horses.  I put it on my Tennessee Walking mare.  She had just 90 days training and that was in a bit.  But,  she hated the bit – any bit.  I had tried them all.  Poor girl just fought with it and threw her head a lot.  You could argue that maybe I have bad hands.  But, her trainer also had the same issue with every bit she tried.  Anyway, I was a little nervous to put the LG on my TWH mare because she was young and green.  But, I did.  And, the mare loved it!  She was so responsive because she wasn’t so worried all the time.  And, she heard me!  She was listening.  It was so easy.  Her arena work was great!

Here is another photo from the LG Bridle website. 

After that experience, I tried it on my TWH gelding.  He is older and used to a bit or a hackamore.  Although well trained, he has some zip to him, if you know what I mean.  I don’t do arena work with him, I only trail ride him.  So, I had to be brave.  I put the LG on his headstall and adjusted it.  We trailered to a his well-known riding spot.  I figured I would be safer in a spot we both knew.  Then, I mounted and left as usual.  I tried to act like he was wearing his regular tack.  Well, honestly, he was better than he had ever been and gaited more smoothly.  I thought maybe that was a fluke.  So, I tried it again the next day.  Perfect.  Wonderful.  So, I tried again and brought along a horse that usually riles him up.  Yup, we had a little antsy pansty session but the bridle held up and I felt as if I had the same control as with a hackamore or a bit.  In fact, I felt like I had more control because he couldn’t grab on and run.

I put it on my Mustang with the same results.

STARTING A HORSE IN AN LG BRIDLE? I called the company and asked if they had ever started a horse with one.  The rep said, Yes!  So, I started my Icelandic filly in the LG Bridle.  So far, so good.  She responds just as she should and she has never thrown her head or chewed on the bit (of course).  I see no issues with this bridle.

I will say that several trainers have told me that I should not start a horse in the LG. They believe that I need to train in a snaffle to get the general idea down first and then switch to the LG once she is trained.  I don’t know if they are right or wrong… but so far, I see no reason to snaffle train her.  She is doing just fine.  And, she is the strongest minded of the bunch.

I DON’T USE BITS ANYMORE… So, that is my story.  I now have five of the LG Bridles for all five of my riding horses.  I have archived all of my bits.  I don’t use a bit ever anymore.  I figure if a dressage rider can get the head set she needs and a jumper can control his horse, I am just fine with this bridle as a trail rider.  I love it.  I love all 5 of them.

Here is a picture of my bridle rack in my trailer.  As you can see, I use all different headstalls for 4 different breeds of horses, gaited and trotting. 

PROS & CONS: The LG is “expensive”.  I say that in quotes because it is an investment but it works and is solid so I didn’t mind.  All of the nose bands and chin straps that I got from the company were too big for my smaller, American horses.  I think these bridles were developed in a land where the horses are HUGE.  Dunno.  But, I ended up just using the wheels, the nose bands on their smallest rung and my own chin straps.  I do use a chain on some and leather or rawhide on others.  I also wrapped all the nose bands in fleece, as you can see.

LET ME KNOW if you test one or purchase one.  I love mine!  And again, I have no affiliation with LG.  I just am really happy and want to spread the word!

Any questions for me?  What do you think?  (LG video #1. LG video #2)

ADDENDUM:  I JUST FOUND OUT THAT CLAUDIA IS NO LONGER IMPORTING THESE WONDERFUL BRIDLES.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE ONE, I HAVE CONTACTED LG IN GERMANY AND THEY ARE WILLING TO SEND BRIDLES OUT FOR YOU.  JUST COMMENT OR EMAIL HORSEANDMAN@GMAIL.COM.  I WILL GET ONE FOR YOU.  THEY WILL BE $125 EACH  including shipping to wherever you live in the USA.  *If you want one immediately and we are not already ordering, the price is $145 to get it specially shipped from Germany.  If you want one, either leave a comment here or email me at:

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Mustang Photolog by Tamara Gooch. Nice.

As you read this, I am winging my way off to a birthday destination without Internet.  Yippee!  (Yippee to the destination part, not the no Internet part… I’m bringing my computer just in case.)

I have decided to give you photographs to ponder on this lovely Sunday morning.    I know that yesterday was PhoBlog day so I feel kinda badly doing it again.  But, I loved these!  I thought some gorgeous photos would maybe brighten your Sunday as well.

Tamara took these recently of a band of Mustangs.  This is what she does… she photographs wild horses — among other things.  Wow.  How cool is that?!  Here is a link to her website.

I’ve written her comments with each photo.

1)  This image is from the Red Desert last spring. This white stallion was chasing away another stallion that got a little too close to his girls.

2)  Fun and games was all these two colts had on there minds. I am in Cody this evening and going out to photograph the horses in the morning. I haven’t been here since the last roundup so I am anxious to see what I find.

3)  The boys were wild and crazy. Get a few of them together and boy it can’t get much more exciting than that. You just have to make sure you don’t get in their way. It was great, I’ll never get enough of this.

4)  You might call this a meeting of the minds, or the testosterone principle, but either way these boys all had something to prove. It was great to find a bachelor band that was so into each other they hardly new we were there most of the time. Here they all got together to puff up, snort, squeal and stomp, before getting into the more serious stuff.

5)  This cute little buckskin colt was a joy to watch. Fearless. He was super interested in this black yearling and another new filly in his band, but most every time he approached her she’d go running to mom.

6)  This photo is of the “Tres Amiga’s”, as I liked to call them. They were always together no matter what.

7)   Good Afternoon everyone. We had a wonderful morning with the horses. Spent the late morning doing some scouting and found a couple of active bands we’ll try to re-locate this afternoon. A few of the horses found my car to be an excellent scratching post. As you can see by the position of my mirror I had to shoo them away after the mirror was already pushed back as far as it could go and he was still rubbing. Caught them doing a little mutual grooming, one horse scratching ones back, while the other scratched my car. Ah whats a few teeth marks.

I hope you enjoyed these!  If you would like to help the mustangs in their plight, there are many ways.   You can go to the IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS website to log into the current Mustang campaign.  It should be the first link you see.  (Please feel free to look over all the animal plights listed.)
Don’t forget that little IRON MAN is a wild mustang (even if he is a very tiny wild mustang…) who was rescued and is being nursed back to health.  You can help him through the Bucket Fund.

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If you want an update on the Iron Man Rescued Foal Bucket Fund or to donate, please click on the photo (photo credit, Trish Lowe)

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