They eat the bit up b/c they love what they do. They do not feel any discomfort from the bit. If they did they would not like the bit in their mouth and it would be hard to get them to take the bit.
There is nothing natural about what we do with horses. There is no real natural horsemanship. It is more marketing then anything. What I care about is that the horse responds to what I ask with the smallest amount of effort.
I want you to try something. Go out to your horse put on your bit-less bridle and then take off your reins and re attach them with a piece of thread. Not string thread. See how much you can get your horse to do before it brakes. I can get my horse to run a full reining pattern with fast turns precise rollbacks and 35 foot sliding stops that way.
1. I USED to ride with a bit until I realized the errors of my ways so I am never putting ANYTHING in my horses mouth again ever
. 2. Natural horsemanship DOES exist. I can go out to my horse get her running around the round pen with nothing on her and get her to stop come in and follow me around the round pen, go when I go, stop when I stop, THAT is horsemanship. My trainer does AMAZING things without bits. So don't you dare try to tell me it hardly exists.
3. Have you transformed your mouth into a horses mouth and worn a bit? No, so you also can't tell me that they aren't in any discomfort because you don't know. I disagree that they would just not take the bit if they didn't want it. What do you do when your horses won't take the bit? Make them take it? When you started them did they gulp it up right away?
Horses are beings like us and the way I see it they ask things from us and we ask things from them. A horse needs a leader. Putting a bit in their mouth so they roll over and do whatever you want them to do isn't being a leader. Listening to your horse, recognizing the questions they ask THAT is the important thing and that is what it is supposed to be about.
"I want you to try something. Go out to your horse put on your bit-less bridle and then take off your reins and re attach them with a piece of thread. Not string thread. See how much you can get your horse to do before it brakes."
I have no idea what you are talking about that doesn't make any difference. Care to explain?