Bit Transition

Whether bitting your horse for the first time or transitioning to a new bit, put the headstall and bit onto your horse in a comfortable, confined space such as his stall, and let him wear it daily – slowly working the time up to several hours – before you add reins or pressure. You can… Read More Bit Transition

Choosing a Bit

Simple Considerations for Choosing a Horse Bit Before you choose a bit, consider 1. Your horse’s age and dentition: Most beginning trainers think that a horse works his way from a “gentle” bit to a “severe” bit as he gets older and better trained. Actually that is the opposite of what is true. A simple… Read More Choosing a Bit

Training Exercises: How to Introduce a bit

It is a good idea with a young, inexperienced horse to work with his mouth before introducing a bit. Play with his lips. Put your fingers into his mouth, massage his bars, rub his palate. This can be done with newborn foals during the imprinting process or on an older horse who has not had… Read More Training Exercises: How to Introduce a bit

Horse Anatomy: Horse Teeth

Bars are the empty space between a horse’s incisors and molars. The soft gum tissue in this area is sensitive. The bit is placed so that it rests in this part of the mouth. Pressure exerted by the bit pressing on the bars causes discomfort and is used to slow a horse’s pace, change his… Read More Horse Anatomy: Horse Teeth