This bit-less bridle has a leather nosepiece and soft leather chin and jowl straps. Unlike many other types of bit-less bridles, the Lindell does not add poll or chin pressure and gives the horse a clear release to the signal.
The Lindell is a key piece of equipment we use to start horses under saddle, help re-train horses who are anxious in the bridle, sensitive in the mouth, tend to evade contact, or for riders who are in experienced or heavy handed. The action of the Lindell can allow clear, concise, signals – helping horses understand what the rider is asking and encouraging cooperation.
For young or stiff horses, the placement of the side rings helps allow freedom through the neck and encourage a soft bend through the neck, without tipping the nose.
Many rushy or tense horses will find the bit-less experience to be relaxing and non-habitual. The absence of a bit can encourage breathing, swallowing, and overall relaxation.
The Lindell can be used on its own or with a snaffle bit. When riding with the Lindell on its own, it is important that you do not use a lot of steady contact. Riding the Lindell with a heavy hand can result in horses leaning against it and ignoring the signals, understandably.
When transitioning to a snaffle you can experiment with how much you use the Lindell versus the snaffle and vary it as the horse becomes more comfortable with the bit. Starting with the Lindell and then adding the snaffle bridle allows for an understandable, gradual transition from bit-less to a bit.
When fitting the Lindell is it important to leave the noseband relatively loose so that the horse is free to chew and yawn. The jowl strap is designed so that it can be fitted snugly to maintain laterally stability without inhibiting the horse. Ethically made in Canada, the Lindell comes in two colours, black and brown, and three sizes, small (pony), medium (average horse), and large (Warmblood/draft). The Lindell should fit around the nose so you can comfortably get two fingers between the chin strap and the jaw. Initially the nose band is quite stiff. As you oil it and break it in it will soften and mould to the shape of the nose.
The Lindell is available through our shop.
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