This dressage demonstration using the Nurtural No-Bit Bridle was presented at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair, November, 2006.

**This is revised re-edited footage uploaded November 29, 2007. Let’s see if the comments become any less critical! The equestrian world is full of people at all stages who are striving to ‘do better’. Of course many people can ride better than shown here — but that is not the point of this video. It does not pretend to show master riding or a professional presentation. It is meant to inspire people to reach this level, and then go higher. Personally, I would be delighted to ride as well as these girls! I appreciate the criticism as helpful for those, like me, who are striving to do better. I invite those who criticize to please submit better examples! Zoe at Nurtural Horse

** You may also enjoy the bitless dressage videos from Can Am – for more examples of bitless dressage with some higher level moves! Also re-edited and re-posted Nov 07**

In this exciting show, we saw Jody, who has taken dressage lessons for one and a half years, riding her 5 year old horse named Majestic, and Katie who has taken dressage lessons for one year riding her 13 year old horse named Moon. A Pas-de-Deux is a level 2 or 3 dressage routine – but this was not a test — just a fun presentation of beginner riders- so the gals had some fun with the country-western music!

Jody and Katie train with Kurt Hick, a medal winning German rider in Port Elgin, Ontario. Kurt started riding in the Nurtural No-Bit Bridle after seeing them at last year’s Royal, and now uses them for many students. Jody and Katie only started riding bitless in their Nurtural Bridles less than two months ago, and say they never want to go back to using a bit. This dramatic presentation of the World’s First Bitless pas-de-Deux was seen on television in Germany!

See more about this dressage demo and the Nurtural No-Bit Bridle at


25 Responses to Bitless Dressage Nurtural Pas De Deux-revised

  1. Anonymous says:

    These horses don’t look very happy. Would they be less happy if the riders were using bits? Maybe.

  2. Anonymous says:

    @froggiesheins I agree that there is no flexion and the horses are not working from behind in a supple or rounded way… could just be that the riders aren’t asking the horse to do these things, or it could be that the level of ‘contact’ and ‘communication’ through this particular bridle simply aren’t as good as the conventional snaffle bit? Also, the rider of the grey should be investing in a strong cob type, she is hard on the hands, rigid and being a larger woman, a cob would bear her better.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Natural horsemanship is a great way to achieve a respect, relaxation & harmony with a horse. When done correctly, it’s truly remarkable. That being said, when done incorrectly, as in this demonstration, it’s not only an eye sore, but it’soffensive. To me this is a mockery of this training method (&dressage) & all that it should represent. However, I can see how an uneducated horse person might see this as fascinating or maybe skilled riding. It’s not “entertaining”- Nurtural. It’s embarassing.

  4. Anonymous says:

    No it was never intended to be of a level to be judged. It was pure entertainment with novice riders who had gone bitless for only 2 months. They did very well! This history-making event was televised in Germany. Cheers! Zoe

  5. Anonymous says:

    OKAY— Good thing this was not a judged competition. Hores are: on their forehands, not round, not relaxed, not reaching forward seeking out anytype of contact, no poll flexon, no forward trot shown, rider on grey horse very HEAVYHANDED, good thing there was no bit in that horses mouth! Oh, and I could go on and on. BUT the horses were calm and sort of relaxed, (green riders will do that) More lessons for these gals!!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    is this serious???

  7. Anonymous says:

    I love my bitless bridle and it worked wonders on my previous horse. I don’t see why in most horse shows the judge will dock points because you have no bit! I would add points for using the bitless because you are using a kinder method to keep control over your mount! I think it is so stupid that you can’t use a bitless bridle in shows and I am going to start doing it just to show it doesn’t matter!

  8. Anonymous says:

    My mare kept her head down fine. Using the bitless bridle mostly depends upon the horse. They decide if they are comfy or not and they decide if they will hold themselves correctly. My horse held her head naturally low so I had no issue.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I think it looks great, thanks! These gals have not been riding for long, and only in dressage and bitless for a couple months.
    Why do so many people expect instant perfection? Many beginners strive to get better, and these gals are better than many of us. Life is about continuous improvement – not a harsh demand for instant perfection. These Nurtural bridles help people and horses get better. I am proud of them, and these girls! Zoe
    PS. This is not the only video .. check the others!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I ride in a hackamore in eventing. But this is a horrible example of riding let alone dressage.

    If you’re gonna promote something make it look good.

  11. Anonymous says:

    si ok ora il cavallo non ha niente in bocca… ma quella grassona proprio sul cavallo non ci sta!! oddio!! Li si dico: e la schiena del cavallo chi se ne prende cura? Poveretti pensano che ora il cavallo è piu’ contento senza morso… mentre chissa la sua povera schiena! ( e tutte le articolazoni)

  12. Anonymous says:

    I wish they would allow bitless bridles in hunter classes etc.

    Congrats on creating such a wonderful device.

  13. Anonymous says:

    From our coach:
    Of course there are other users who have managed to “drop” their horses heads.
    It’s about how you ask a horse to collect. With a bit you can force a horses head into a “false” frame by picking up contact. The horses head is up and his nose is tucked in but he is all strung out in the hind end. You have to have relaxation before you can ask a horse to collect or else his nose is going to be wanting to poke out and hes going to be strung out on the hind end.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Also, I noticed these dressage horses never quite drop their heads and they keep an inverted spine. Like I was mentioning, my horse doesn’t like the pressure on her face, so I cannot keep close contact with her head like I would with a regular bridle. So, not sure if there are other users who have managed to get their horse to drop their head with this bridle, please let me know if you have any tips. I am pretty close to moving back to my bit out of control and comfort for me and my horse…

  15. Anonymous says:

    Hey, I bought one of these bridles… I like the concept. My mare is not a fan of the pressure on her face. I find that she is confused yet with the difference from her bit. I still feel more secure using her bit because she a) has a very soft mouth so I don’t have to be mean about what I ask her and b)she seems to respect my aids better. When I ask for the stop with this bridle, she never stops and stands the same way she does with the bit… maybe she needs more time?

  16. Anonymous says:

    Reading through the comments here. First of all awesome job in creating this device! And I would like to see an english drill team with all bitless bridles. LG bridles what have you. and see if the word gets out more. Just knowing that other people can see this bitless way of riding makes me feel good. Do you make western bitless bridles also? with conchos and westerny stuff? awesome vid!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Yes, I did design and develop the Nurtural Bitless Bridle. I spend so much time running the business that I don’t have time for riding lessons!! I sure hope to one day!

    Thanks for being kind to the girls. (I take no offence to your question to me – it’s a fair and reasonable question!) Zoe

  18. Anonymous says:

    My commentary is not at ALL critiquing the girls in the video. If they have only been riding for a year kudos to them.

    I personally take issues with YOUR comment “Personally, I would be delighted to ride as well as these girls!” Umm, did you or did you not develop this device?

  19. Anonymous says:

    Great video! I ride bitless, too, and it’s always great to see others who do it and have as much fun as you two seem to be having. Wow, the Royal! Very cool. Rock on! : )

  20. Anonymous says:

    Watch that grey horse- his ears are up and he’s alert. He’s moving easily and freely.
    Kudos to both girls for getting out there and doing their best, that’s all that you can ask for. Shame on you people who feel the need to cut her down because of her weight, she’s out there and active and has chosen a horse that can handle her size. Perhaps if you have nothing good to say you should say nothing at all. Everyone seems to forget that these are real people that are being commented on.

  21. Anonymous says:

    LOL! I have one of these- my friend got me one from the Royal (probaly this one). I suck at using it lol- kudos to the riders!

  22. Anonymous says:

    luv you guys!!! keep on being amazing!!!!!

  23. Anonymous says:

    quite a stiff and inverted ride….
    Give them props for going out there and trying though, I guess you can only learn with experience..

  24. Anonymous says:

    Ladies-wearing dressage clothing, riding in a dressage saddle and riding with a BITLESS BRIDLE does not make for dressage. Basically you rode some patterns-leave it at that. I invite you to check out some of the other amazing Natural Horsemanship videos on youtube and learn.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Yes I can ride my horse bitless. In a halter and still achieve soft collection. I am always reviewing my methods of training/handling of my horses making sure they are as comfortable as I can make possible. This includes riding in correctly made bits, massage, chiro, and saddle fit. A horses muscles are always changing and saddles need to be refitted so as not to cause discomfort and pain. This includes watching my own weight! I ride a 16.2hh TB eventer, I am 174cm tall and 62kgs… always.

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