Available in black or havana brown, handcrafted by UK master saddlers, the bridle can be made in standard size to fit cob/horse or bespoke. Notes from the designer Jenny Rolfe; “In my personal pursuit of lightness for the horse and rider and also comfort for the horse, I have designed my own Gentil bitless bridle. This design evolved as a result of experimenting with different horses to gain more knowledge of how a bitless bridle could function most efficiently. The more educated rider will be looking to connect with a centred body balance with lightness through the upper body and a fluid seat enhanced by conscious breathing. This enables the arms of the rider to feel with more lightness of hands and fingers. The bitless bridle has the potential to enhance this feel if the bridle design offers an optimal point of contact, for the rider, between the nose and the poll. When the reins are connected to the bridle, too far forward this places excess pressure on the nose. When the rein is further back the connection engages more release from the poll. On the Gentil bridle, the cheek piece is placed further back to allow the noseband to connect with the reins to gain a balance between nose and poll pressure.
- Excess pressure on front of nose- creates more tension
- Excess Poll pressure can cause over bending
- The balance of contact lies in between
The correct balance helps the rider to find a more yielding feel with the horse, akin to the relaxed ‘feeling’ with a bit, but without engaging with the very sensitive mouth.