Dietsji Cross-under Bitless Bridle & Reins



Dietsji (pronounced deet-see) Dr Cook style padded leather bitless bridle with soft polypropylene rope crossover straps

Sizes from Shetland to Full in black and special order pink or blue!
Shire size available in black or havana

Supplied with colour co-ordinated, anti-slip webbing reins with handy clips to attach & detach to / from the bridle

The crossover (cross-under / Dr Cook style) bitless bridle uses indirect pressure; the figure of eight configuration of the crossover straps distributes gentle pressure around the whole of the head – Dr Cook describes it as a ‘whole head hug’ – many horses go very well in this type of bitless bridle, as we found through the many, many years of using Dr Cook Bitless Bridles in our riding school.

The Dietsji leather bitless bridle is available in sizes from Small Pony (Shetland) to Warmblood / Draught (Shire).  All sizes except the largest ‘Shire’ size are available in black leather with padding in either black, pink or blue (synthetic leather).   The Draught / Shire size is available in black or havana with self-coloured leather padding. NB – ‘Shire L’ is the latest version with larger noseband 66 – 79 cm; we only have one left of the Shire with smaller noseband 58 – 69  cm.

All sizes are supplied with non-slip webbing reins to match the padding colour of the bridle.

The crossover (cross-under) straps on the Dietsji bitless bridle are made from soft, but very hardwearing, polypropylene rope to minimise wear in this area where the strap is constantly sliding back and forth through the metal ring every time pressure is applied and released.

We recommend Urad leather products to keep your leather in good condition.

How measurements are taken

Fitting a cross-under crossover Dr Cook style bitless bridle

Approximate sizes of Dietsji Dr Cook style crossunder bitless bridle

(See image for how measurements are taken)


Headstall (measured from bottom edge of noseband, over the poll to bottom of noseband)

Noseband / Browband

Shetland / Small Pony 71 – 80 cm 35 -42 cm / 27cm
Pony 75 – 91 cm 44 – 51 cm / 31 cm
Cob 83 cm – 106 cm 46 – 55 cm / 34 cm
Full – Warmblood 93 cm – 119 cm 50 – 60 cm / 36 cm
Shire L / Draught 112 cm – 137 cm 66 cm – 79 cm / 46 cm

The question of release

There is a long-standing debate about whether a crossover / crossunder bridle releases…

The question of release is a moot point, with some people seeming to think there is no release with a crossover bridle like the Dr Cook, but all horses seem to think that there is! We have used the Dr Cook Bitless Bridle for over 15 years – on a great variety of horses, our own & clients’ horses & have also used the bridle exclusively for backing horses over the past 15 years.

We have never had a problem with a crossover bridle not releasing  – if the bridle didn’t release, then when a horse had been asked to halt he would refuse to go forward; likewise when asked to turn (right or left) the horse would circle instead of simply turning if the bridle hadn’t released.

I think maybe people don’t think the bridle releases because very little pressure is needed in the first instance, so the release is often imperceptible to the human eye – although of course not to the horse, who is sensitive enough to feel a fly land.

Additional information

Weight .95 kg

Shetland, Pony, Cob, Full, Shire, Shire L


Black, Havana, special order Pink, special order Blue

2 reviews for Dietsji Cross-under Bitless Bridle & Reins

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    Si (store manager)

    I loved the bridle, found the control was much more direct. The bridle didn’t slip as much as our other one (sidepull). The rope cross under was great – it was smooth steering! [This is the Dietsji ‘Shire’ size on a Clydesdale]
    Boston the Clydesdale wearing Dietsji shire size bitless bridle

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    Debbie (store manager)

    The Dietsji bridle is beautifully made, I loved the soft leather and the gorgeous white stitching, the noseband and browband were nicely padded as my boy has a sensitive nose it’s perfect, and the blue colour just adds the final touch. Loved the rope cross unders they just glide through the rings, so always a quick release. It also comes with reins with blue detail. Really pleased with it after a trial 👍

    Sheila was so helpful, showed me lots of options and sent me this one, she talked me through the fit too. Definitely recommend this company and this bridle, I am ordering another for my other pony too. 💙
    Billy bay cob wearing Deitsji Dr Cook style bitless bridle, cob size black with blue trim and matching non-slip reins

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