Welcome to Bitless & Beautiful

The Bitless & Beautiful mission is to promote a more just and humane world for horse and rider alike.  We seek to eliminate the abuse and cruelty that our beloved equine partners suffer daily, often in the pursuit of sport and the glory of winning in competitions.

We at Bitless & Beautiful believe that the majority of equestrians ride, train and compete for the love of the horse and that, once educated, we humans will enthusiastically embrace an approach that empowers us to work without abusive punishment, without equipment that causes pain and fear, and with more attention to the welfare of the horse.  

We hope that, by developing, producing, compiling and promoting resources that support the Bitless & Beautiful mission, we can help ourselves and our global community identify and implement the respect that these horses deserve, as our exploited and underserved partners for centuries.

We also understand that competition is a big part of the equestrian experience, and with our IROBE registry, we seek to support athletes who don’t want to compromise their commitment to compassionate training just to comply with arcane and outdated competition regulations.  We want to be the change and support the mavericks forging a path toward a more inclusive platform for equine sports.

Explore our website and learn how horses and humans around the world are tapping into the power of compassion here.  And please send us your stories so we can share!

For August, we are featuring Fiona's journey to a bitless, whipless, spurless experience with her human, Lucie!

 Lucie and Fiona enjoying some turnout.  When Fiona first came to us, she was nervous in turnout to the point of frantic.  She would pace anxiously and have no awareness of people around her.  Her  angst was so great we felt it was potentially dangerous for Lucie to be in the arena with her during turnout.  The tonic was time and careful listening.  We began by giving her turnout in the small arena  where she felt safe and could see her human and equine cheerleaders.  Once she was sunbathing regularly in the small, we offered her time in the large arena with one of us there to keep her company.  These supervised turnouts have become rewarding for all of us, and Lucie is proud of the fun she and Fiona have practicing in hand work at liberty!

Lucie and Fiona enjoying some turnout.  When Fiona first came to us, she was nervous in turnout to the point of frantic.  She would pace anxiously and have no awareness of people around her.  Her  angst was so great we felt it was potentially dangerous for Lucie to be in the arena with her during turnout.  The tonic was time and careful listening.  We began by giving her turnout in the small arena  where she felt safe and could see her human and equine cheerleaders.  Once she was sunbathing regularly in the small, we offered her time in the large arena with one of us there to keep her company.  These supervised turnouts have become rewarding for all of us, and Lucie is proud of the fun she and Fiona have practicing in hand work at liberty!

Watch this video! Wow! The day we picked up Fiona, she was being led with a stud chain, and our hauler forecast that we would never safely lead Fiona without one. Again, we gave Fiona the respect to listen and observe. Now 9-year-old Lucie can safely lead Fiona without invasive, cruel hardware. And the stud chain found a use somewhere, securing a gate or something!

 For the first 3 months we had Fiona in our care our trainer, Nina, advised us to take a break from riding and spend time on the ground with her, transitioning to bitless.  We started at the beginning (a very good place to start), with groundwork, to reframe training for all of us.  Honestly, it was frustrating at times, and required faith in this program, for which I am passionate, but had not had the opportunity to explore so deeply myself.  This foundation work has been key and the most rewarding work I have ever done with horses.  Fiona has revealed herself as a true Family Friend, and we are all having a great time discovering all the things we like to do together, including riding!

For the first 3 months we had Fiona in our care our trainer, Nina, advised us to take a break from riding and spend time on the ground with her, transitioning to bitless.  We started at the beginning (a very good place to start), with groundwork, to reframe training for all of us.  Honestly, it was frustrating at times, and required faith in this program, for which I am passionate, but had not had the opportunity to explore so deeply myself.  This foundation work has been key and the most rewarding work I have ever done with horses.  Fiona has revealed herself as a true Family Friend, and we are all having a great time discovering all the things we like to do together, including riding!

See first caption above. Turnout has turned around!

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Irobe Directory

Starting in 2017, IROBE will provide an organizational structure for bitless equestrians around the world, including programs such as year-end high point awards for a variety of disciplines and Bitless Horse of the Year!  Stay tuned for exciting developments in the coming months.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO CONTENT

All bitless enthusiasts are welcome to enjoy our public Video Library.  ONLY Bitless & Beautiful club members can watch exclusive, password-protected content created by Bitless & Beautiful.  Join now to start studying the 5 Building Blocks to Bitless!

PERSONAL COACHING

As a B&B club member, you can submit video of your riding and training each month and receive coaching from Bitless & Beautiful’s founder, a certified instructor with 35 years of experience as a teacher, trainer,  and coach, and over 40 years of experience as an equestrian and competitor.  This service is included in your membership at no additional charge!  All video lessons will be viewable by fellow B&B members, but only your coach will offer advice.

 

BLOG

Everyone’s bitless journey is unique.  In our Bitless & Beautiful blog, we share our personal stories of trials, challenges and triumphs.

 

Contact

Members have direct email access to Bitless & Beautiful to seek advice for specific issues and to receive personalized support in your bitless journey.

eGuide Download

Your membership includes an exclusive, members-only download of our second eGuide, detailing the 10 keys to a smooth transition to bitless riding and training.

Bitless & Beautiful T-shirt

Wear your heart on your sleeve - and your chest!  Every member receives a Bitless & Beautiful T-shirt. Check out all the Bitless & Beautiful merchandise in our online shop.

 

2018 IROBE  - Join us!

IROBE competitors in 2018 will compete for beautiful year-end awards in all disciplines, including IROBE Horse & Rider of the Year!  Our champion prize package for 2018 includes a beautiful Transcend Bitless Bridle!

 
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