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Metal in the Mouth - The Abusive Effects of Bitted Bridles Spiral-bound – 2003


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Sabine Kells; 1st edition (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0968598854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0968598856
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,910,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Christina Martin on March 23, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
Dr. Cook piles argument upon argument,all painstakingly supported by research and documentation, until it must become crystal clear to everyone that a bit hurts a horse, period. How far-reaching the consequences of this pain are to mind and body is truly shocking and totally unexpected, but again his findings are well-supported. And the best thing, riding really works so much better without the bit! Tossing the bit was the best thing I ever did. And yes, there are alternatives that work just as well or better for controlling your horse. Go get it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Tobler on August 7, 2011
Format: Spiral-bound
Keeping in line with the wave of natural methods that enhance our horses' health, happiness and performance, throwing away the steel in the mouth is as beneficial as tossing out the steel on the feet (please read Dr Strasser's "A Lifetime of Soundness"). I ride Saddlebreds down the road. Yep, tall, spooky (but smart!), energetic Saddlebreds. And they're just as responsive and safe with a bitless bridle as they were or would've been with a bit, even the green youngsters.

This book is partial to a crossover bridle, specifically, Dr Cook's great bridle which I do have, but it also describes other bitless options such as bosals and (my personal preference) mechanical hackamores.

I went bitless a couple years after going shoeless and was already sold on the practice, but I recently discovered this book and purchased it just to learn the physiology of why my horses have been so happy. The revelations were fascinating!

Read it and you'll realize that the only reason we've been bitting our poor steeds is because it's been handed down through the ages as unquestioned gospel. Too bad no one ever questioned the horses.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. G. M. Nash on February 15, 2006
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This book provides good technical information on how a bit adversely affects the horse's breathing and swallowing mechanisms as well as damaging the mouth, and a lot more besides.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Stang on November 22, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
Horse lovers should know how unkind a bit is, and how many problems it causes. This book was a revelation to me. While I'd had great rides with just a halter, I never realized how counter-productive a bit was. For more control, for a healthier horse, and for a better relationship with your horse, buy this book, read it, and buy some more for your friends. And lose that bit!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By poppacowboy on July 29, 2011
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Brilliant book spot on info. Postage cost more than the book, a ripoff by someone. Dearest book I have ever purchased.
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