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Q: My horse is recovering from an abscess in his mouth and I have notbeen able to ride because he finds the bit painful.

I am reluctant to use a hackamore as he’s quite green and I only usually ride in a very gentle snaffle.

Are there any alternative bitless bridles that are slightly gentler than a hackamore?

Lynn Russell replies : There is a product on the market called the Gentle Touch No Bit Bridle.

It is much less severe than a hackamore and features a cross-under strap that puts gentle pressure on the poll, nose and side of the face when a rein aid is applied.

Made out a webbing material, the bridle is available in pony, cob and full sizes.

It costs £34.95 with reins and £24.95 without.

For more details contact HTS Equestrian (tel: 01933 277515 or visit www.htsequestrian.com