How come hackamores are not more widespread? The only place Ive seen them, on rare occasions, is in the jumper ring, western ring and pleasure riders, but not nearly as common as any other type of bit. It seems ppl use them only when a bit doesn't work for anatomical/health reasons. Are they acceptable in hunters/eventing/dressage? Can a horse be trained to carry itself round and "on the bit"? I was looking at the "bitless" bridles just out of curiousity and have aquestion, since the action of the rein crosses inder the lower jaw to the opposite side, how does direct reining work? Also, an english mechanical hackamore works off leverage, so how can direct reining work in that case as well? I guess what I am asking is what are your thoughts on hackamore/bosels/sidepulls? Bit vs. No Bit?