Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Clarksville, TN
• Horses: 0
Best explanation for a horse being on the bit is very easy to explain, and lots of people try to force the horse into the position.
You have to prepare the horse to give itself into the bit.
Lots of people mistake being on the bit with collection. Although it is going hand in hand. And never totally separable.
I would suggest you get yourself deeper worked into the training pyramid of riding: With the Base : Rhythm, Relaxation, Connection, Straightness and finishing up with the peak being Collection.
While these words stand independently ,none works without the other.
On the bit is the first time felt when the first connection is happening, minute but it is there. You have to ride your horse into it.
When you have rhythm and your horse is relaxed, you can use your body - your hips riding towards your hands- in a forward motion with a soft connection to the bit, feeling the horse reaching under and lifting his back arching underneath you. At the beginning it is ever so slight. You cannot force it, as you see with so many horses, that are held back and kicked into the position.
It can be felt as a very light feeling a floating of the horse underneath and with you. You might just feel it for a few steps but when it happens you know.
Best might be to have an experienced person around, that can help you accomplish this state for a few steps so you can feel it, and then you try to work this on your own.
"Der beste Reitlehrer ist unter dem Sattel" Max Walther