define 'on the bit'

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    09-10-2008, 05:28 AM
define 'on the bit'

I'd like a really detailed description of 'on the bit'....i mean the whole deal....not just head tucked in but correctly rounded and all...

I know how to work on the bit and so does vince but i'd like to know the 'proper' way of doing it...just so I know where I am doing right and what I need to change..

Could someone just explain...that would be so great!

P.s i'd like to know the 'correct' position of my hands when i'm on the bit and the 'correct' way of asking...just so I know if i'm doing it wrong
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    09-10-2008, 07:08 AM
I have always found good explanations on this website, here is the link for "on the bit"

I read this article and it has some good analogies and explanations for "on the bit" and also exercises and suggestions for errors that can and probably will occur while working on this.

Hope you find it helpful too.
    09-10-2008, 07:48 AM
You might find this helpful.
    10-04-2008, 07:26 PM
Originally Posted by Spyder
*signs on that* That site is really good.

On the bit; the horse yields in the neck/poll and relaxes. It has nothing with tucking the nose in(tucking noses in rhymes badly with relaxing :P)

To get the horse on the bit, you have to ride with your seat. Offer a very light contact especially on the outer rein, and have the inner rein more loose. Use your seat and legs to turn, and the outer rein to show how much. Inner rein together with the seat flexes.

If you feel any preassure/weight at all in the reins, the horse is not collected on the bit and carrying, but simply rests her/his head in your hands and most probably carrys the weight on his/her shoulders.

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