Equestrians for Equality, Fairness & Friendship
Equestrians for Equality, Fairness & Friendship
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World Bitless Horse Day

September 5th, 2020

Global day of celebration of the bitless horse. Can you go better bitless?

Equestrians for Equality, Fairness & Friendship

Representing and providing a network for equestrians, owners, vets, equine professionals and trainers who believe in fairness, equality and choice of bridle for
Bitless, Bitted (Part-time, thinking about it, transitioning) & Bridleless for all horses around the world.

We are a volunteer group of trainers, riders, behaviourists, equine professionals and horse lovers, that have been inspired to organise a specialised global bitless equestrian association.

Offering support, advice on ethical training and the functions of modern bitless bridles.

WBA represents ordinary riders, non-riders, competition riders, trainers, behaviourists and all equestrians, who want to see evidence based ethical training and riding increase in acceptance & popularity for the sustainable well being of the horse both mentally and physically.

We hope that our enthusiasm for change is both inspirational and of course effective as our numbers grow and our voice for the horse becomes a force to be reckoned with.

If you want to support the aims of the WBA donate here - every pound counts!

Supporting Statement from the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC)​

The IAABC applauds the World Bitless Association for their work in minimizing the use of aversive stimuli, and maximizing the effective use of reinforcers when training, riding, and competing with horses.
LIMA guidelines require that each horse is respected as a “study of one,” where structure, previous experiences, the horse’s personal preferences, and the skill of the handler determine best tools for each individual learner.  Education, understanding, and consideration belong in all walks of interactions with human- and non-human animals alike. By encouraging compassionate, evidence-based practices, the World Bitless Association shows regard for the horses and the humans in their community.

IAABC.org
Marjie Alonso Executive Director
IAABC For the Board of Directors

Our aims are to:

  • Network bitless owners throughout the world in one unique association
  • Provide opportunities for continued knowledge/training with education resources across the world 
  • Provide a global network of trusted and endorsed ethical trainers
  • Be the voice for all equestrians interested in ethical training & communication.
  • Change the unfair rules of the equestrian associations so that we see inclusion of modern bitless bridles, in all horse sport.
  • Challenge competition riding rules to reduce the trend for identified abusive and forced riding techniques currently seen all too often in competitive riding
  • To represent you, your aims and aspirations
  • To give the horse a voice

How we started

We are a global collaboration of trainers, behaviourists, and bitless bridle designers

For some of us, our journey began in Norfolk in 2003 when a small band of riders wanting to investigate ethical and empathetic ways of training horses eventually becoming a BHS affiliated riding club in 2008 and then endorsing equality in Bitless Bridles in 2012. 

In 2013 the Norfolk Horse Training and Equitation Club (NHTEC) (supported by the BHA, ISES and others) requested a national rule change to allow bitless bridles in all UK horse sport under the BEF/FEI rules, based upon emerging trends and evidence. 

The rule changes were refused by the BEF and all national equestrian bodies without any counter evidence produced. The debate continued until 2016 when NHTEC resigned from the BHS because of their refusal to move forward in reviewing the bitless rules or evidence presented to them and because of their continued discrimination against bitless riders.

World Bitless Association is a company with charitable status and is ‘not for profit’ that means that ALL revenue will be used for the benefit of WBA members and their horses.

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