Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Australia, Queensland
I don't like harsh bits. Reason is horses are animals and they are allowing us to get on their backs and well, practically control them and they are doing it willingly, not from fear. No matter how bad my horse got I would not put a harsher bit on, he has a tom thumb atm and I don't like it i'm debating whether to get just a ring one coz he works fine in both only reason we have the tomb thumb on him was his old owner felt it was better 'for me' but she screwed us over on a lot of things, not the point lol.. I just have never seen a horse work better with a harsher bit. A pony club horse had a harsh bit on, he was so numb in the mouth they changed the bit to a harsher one, he ended up bolting on someone they tried to pull him back, he couldnt even feel it and we checked his mouth and there was a little bit of blood after that (beginner rider) so then we changed him to a bitless and now he actually listens. We've also gone back into reteaching leg aids and all to help him understand and he's a great little kids pony now. So mmay I suggest trying everything else before going to a harsher bit. The word 'harsher' makes me sad.
Horseriding- The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.