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post #1 of 12 Old 02-22-2009, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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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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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.

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Here is a great discussion on this :)

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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.
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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.

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You got some good responses on the other forum :)
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You got some good responses on the other forum :)
Lol. Indeed I did. ;)
I always post on both. It's much more fruitful. :P

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You got some good responses on the other forum :)
Not a place I would recommend though.
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