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Define "give to the bit"

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  • What does it mean when the horse gives to the bit
  • What does "give the bit" mean

 
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    02-22-2009, 08:44 PM
  #1
Weanling
Define "give to the bit"

What exactly does it mean to 'give to the bit'? I always hear everyone talking about it but can someone give a .. clear(ish) definition?

What does it mean for the horse to give to the bit, and what do you do in response.
     
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    02-22-2009, 09:06 PM
  #2
Banned
MIEventer will be along shortly.
     
    02-22-2009, 09:12 PM
  #3
Showing
A horse gives to the bit by flexing at the poll and collecting when bit pressure is applied. That is how I have always understood it. When I am training a young horse, I will put pressure on the bit and when they tuck their nose even a little bit, I will release pressure. Give them time and lots of work and you have a horse that will travel with his neck arched and his nose tucked like a dressage horse with constant pressure. Or, if you ride western, you will have a horse with good head carriage that tucks his nose into a stop instead of raising his head and getting that "western movie" stop with his head up and mouth gaped open.
     
    02-22-2009, 09:27 PM
  #4
Trained
Here is a great discussion on this :)

On the bit?
     
    02-22-2009, 09:48 PM
  #5
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    02-22-2009, 10:23 PM
  #6
Trained
If you want a horse to give to the bit then ties its head to each side for an hour a day.
If you want a horse to accept the bit and give a contact to the rider's hands then learn to use your body and aids properly and follow the training scale. Spyder posted a good article.
     
    02-22-2009, 10:29 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
If you want a horse to give to the bit then ties its head to each side for an hour a day.
If you want a horse to accept the bit and give a contact to the rider's hands then learn to use your body and aids properly and follow the training scale. Spyder posted a good article.
Lmao I read that and was like ......what that's not like anebel
Then I was like wait. And got what you were saying.

If you put it that way, I definitely mean accept the bit.
     
    02-22-2009, 10:30 PM
  #8
Trained
You got some good responses on the other forum :)
     
    02-22-2009, 10:32 PM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by MIEventer    
You got some good responses on the other forum :)
Lol. Indeed I did. ;)
I always post on both. It's much more fruitful. :P
     
    02-22-2009, 10:46 PM
  #10
Banned
Quote:
Originally Posted by MIEventer    
You got some good responses on the other forum :)
Not a place I would recommend though.
     

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