The horse dentist is coming to the barn in a month or so. I was talking to the barn owner about it and he mentioned that this dentist always installs a bit seat.
My instinctive reaction was, "no horse of mine will be given a bit seat!" I seem to recall reading that, despite all of the benefits they tout, bit seats can cause problems as the horse ages and the teeth change. What ever it was that I read, I seem to have the impression that bit seats are actually a pretty bad thing and should be avoided if possible.
I'm a little busy with finals right now so I don't have much time to research. I googled it for a while but I could only find praise and definitions. So, I thought I should just ask the horse forum!
Should my horse have a bit seat installed or should I insist that she stays the way she is? Diamond doesn't even use a bit right now because it had been bumping against what I suspect are newly emerged canines. We've been going just fine in a bitless but will probably use a bit more once she's seen the dentist. Now that I've learned that this guy would install one without mentioning it, I'm not even positive that the last dentist hadn't done it already and just never told me. Boy, having a horse is so much responsibility!
Yay or nay? (Also, if you have any links to nice articles it would be much appreciated.)