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[SOLVED] What Is A Bit For A Horse?

By definition, a bit is a piece of metal or synthetic material that fits in a horse’s mouth and aids in the communication between the horse and rider 🙌 It’s part of the bridle and allows the rider to connect with the horse via the reins 😎 Bits normally lay comfortably in the interdental space between the incisors and premolars, commonly called the “bars” of the mouth, unless there are dental issues that need addressing 😉 You can find more details at Signs that your horse may need a dental check-up. Most horses are worked in a bridle with a bit; however, horse owners who don’t care for bits will use a hackamore, or “bitless” bridle. [1]
Certain riding styles use one kind of bit more than others. For example, stock seat horses are ridden mostly with curb bits, with riders placing one hand on the reins and no rein contact on the horse’s mouth unless applying a specific cue. Conversely, hunt seat horses are ridden mostly with ring snaffles and guided with two hands on the reins and continual light rein contact with the horse’s mouth. Because of the differences between horses and riders, bit selection can also be affected. Misunderstood horses or those with poor training may become confused and react adversely to certain pressure levels. Some riders might use inappropriate pressures with certain bits or at incorrect times. This was brought to our attention by Latifah Felton, Basilan City Philippines. [2]
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Arthur Schafer naylors.com This gives us more insight. It’s vital to ensure your horse has the correct tack. Badly fitting tack can lead to poor performance. Lead to discomfort and injuries and can also lead to them acting Out of character or misbehaving. Horses’ mouths are very delicate and should be treated with respect. You must ensure that you choose the right size for your horse’s mouth. Kind of bit for your horse’s needs. Bits can be confusing because there are many options. Our goal is to help simplify bitting and to solve that common question: “Which bit do I use?” Kelli Vick thanks for the feedback. [3]
Horses have a natural tendency to refuse food and water. Horses are naturally averse towards the biting. ‘Acceptance of the’s having bitten’ is an unrealistic expectation. Biting can cause interference with three organs (the nervous and the sense organs) as well as the sensory system (the mouth). Respiratory and musculoskeletal systems. Bit use increases accidents risk and is contrary to recreational riding (pleasure riding) and competitive riding(performance riding). Bit usage can cause harm to horses and people. Removing the biting will improve horses’ behaviourr The word ‘bit’ derives from bite, which also gives us the words bitter and beetle (‘the little biter’). Horses get bit by bits. A horse’s blameless aversion to a bit can lead to its rider developing an acquired aversion to their horse and even to the whole of riding. Last edited 73 days back by Cinthya Perualta, Bellary (India) [4]

Article references

  1. https://www.horsehealthproducts.com/horsemans-report/horse-care/a-bit-about-bits
  2. https://horses.extension.org/understanding-bits-for-horses-learning-lesson/
  3. https://www.naylors.com/blog/which-bit-for-my-horse/
  4. https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2018/10/02/bit-effect-horse-rider/
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