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post #1 of 15 Old 07-22-2009, 03:13 AM Thread Starter
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Regarding bits.

A bit, to a horse, is a foreign language. You have to teach the horse this new means of communication slowly and without rushing through the lessons. If the horse does not seem to undestand some components of this new language, it is time to stop, re-evaluate what is going wrong, and perhaps take a few steps backwards to reaffirm some of the basics.
For instance, if your horse will not slow down, stop or turn when you ask, there has been an error in communication and you should figure out the hole in your training rather than grab a harsher bit.
Say I wanted to learn German. If I am not understanding a concept, picking up a megaphone and yelling it at me isn't going to help. In fact, it might cause me to become upset and unwilling to learn.



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post #2 of 15 Old 07-22-2009, 03:21 AM
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-nod- I agree.
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^^ I concur as well. :) A harsher bit is never the answer. But it is funny, I see all the time people who don't speak english being yelled at in english by people trying to explain something. It is almost like they think getting louder will make the language barrier disappear. LOL.

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post #5 of 15 Old 07-22-2009, 09:25 AM
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Well put.

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Theres no more to add ! Except Im slowly learning german off my partner and its so fricking hard! And I keep forgetting words... Cause i dont practise the basics enough...

Makes you sit back and look at things differently eh

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I agree completely.
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Say I wanted to learn German. If I am not understanding a concept, picking up a megaphone and yelling it at me isn't going to help. In fact, it might cause me to become upset and unwilling to learn.
I don't quite agree with that statement (although I completely agree with other one). The good smack in bum sometime really motivate the kids to learn stuff. It's especially well described in book by Jerome K Jerome "Three men in a boat".
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[quote=Shalani;357512]Theres no more to add ! Except Im slowly learning german off my partner and its so fricking hard! And I keep forgetting words... Cause i dont practise the basics enough...

Here! It's a beautiful horse video and German lesson all in one! (I am trying German, too, but even though I know Swedish and there are similarities to German, it is TOUGH!!)


notice no saddles, no bits...

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