Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
I don't know if any horse is "happy" to have a bit in their mouth. Some accept it better than others. Maybe some do because they enjoy their work. Yes, we want to make them comfortable or not cause them pain, but to most horses, running free and eating makes them happy. Not much that we do with them make them happy. Except feed and treats.
I trained our TWH mare bitless from the beginning. I did it for several reasons, one not being to show off that I did it.
We got her at 6 weeks old. I did a lot of flexing with her while waiting to train her to ride. She didn't get trained to ride until she was at least 3 because she had issues with her legs before we got her. By the time I did start to ride her, she was very soft in giving her head to pressure.
I never planned on showing her and she would be mainly a pasture ornament and seldom rode. I saw no reason to have her in a bit. She will get arthritis younger than most horses because of the injuries to her legs the vet told us. If we showed or worked her hard, it would set in sooner.
We only trail ride. As long as she stays responsive without the bit, she won't have one, but that does mean keeping her responsive. Granted, I haven't been doing that in the last few years and she is 8 this year, I rode her once last year and she did well.
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