DO YOU STRUGGLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR HORSE EFFECTIVELY?
Using the right bit is critical:
•To ensure your hand aids are relayed clearly to your horse
•To allow your horse to be comfortable and relaxed so it can concentrate on what you are asking it
IS HE RELAXED? OR RESISTANT?
If your horse resists your hands, he is probably trying to tell you he is uncomfortable with his bit and the pressure it is causing on his tongue.
If your horse is on the vertical, his tongue goes vertically down his face. Your hands are about 35-40 degrees above his mouth, so this is your angle of pull and pressure on the reins that pulls his tongue backwards into his bottom jaw.
When a horse resists, he is actually evading tongue pressure, because this interferes with his ability to swallow:
DOES YOUR HORSE SHOW ANY OF THESE SIGNS OF BIT RESISTANCE:
Horse above the Bit
He is changing your angle of pull so the pressure is less on his tongue and more into the corners of his lips
Horse Behind the Bit.
No rider wants his horse in this position, so they will give with their hands and the pressure on the horse’s tongue is therefore reduced
Overactive Mouth, Tongue Over the Bit or Outside the Mouth
The horse is moving his tongue away from the pressure of the bit, causing more pressure on his bars
Leaning or Running Through the Bit
The horse has reduced the pressure on his tongue by again changing the angle of pull and causing the bit to pull into the corners of his lips more than his tongue
Pulling the Tongue Back into his Throat
The tongue is bunched up towards the top of the throat, releasing bit pressure but actually interfering with the horse’s breathing
A horse would rather you pulled the bit onto his lips, or his bars, or even interfere with his breathing, rather than restrict his tongue and his swallowing
Other bitting problems include
•The bit being the wrong shape or action for the individual horse’s mouth shape; level of training and temperament.
•The bit having a painful action – nutcrackering on the bars and lips; or pinching the tongue
•Bits that are poorly designed, with an action that masks the rider’s intended hand signal
Myler Bits offer the only truly systematic approach to bitting. Myler Bits are:
•Available in a wide choice of Mouthpieces and Cheeks to allow the rider to choose the right bit for each individual horse and for the discipline they are riding in.
•Contoured to Complement the Horse's Anatomy, many have ports for extra tongue room.
•Superbly Engineered, giving:
- Comfortable Action (No pinch, even sides)
- Clearer Signalling (with independent side movement for a precise lateral aid)
•Organised into a Progressive System, allowing the rider to change the bit’s shape and action graduallyas the horse advances through his training.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT BITTING, OR IF YOU AND YOUR HORSE COULD REALLY DO WITH SOME EXPERT HELP:,