Join Date: May 2011
Location: Northern Ireland
I feel like a good rider now :3 I ride with really soft hands, partly because I lack some feeling and strength in my hands and particularly my fingers.
I never have any trouble stopping or moving my horse, he is on a plain old eggbutt snaffle. I can usually do an entire ride without actually pulling the bit, I squeeze the reins with my fingers gentle squeeze then release around corners or a good squeeze with my fingers on the reins if he's going too fast. Or to tell him to steady up when he's a bit off balance, but I mean squeeze with my fingers a tiny bit, like really very little effort and he knows (love him!). He is very good with his vocal commands, when you want him to stop you say stop and he stops, you say walk and he walks, trot and he trots, you want him to canter you say canter and he canters and in reverse order. Sometimes saying jump is nessecary too lol! He rides on the bit with just a little encouragement with your third finger but he is still building up the muscle and learning how to do this but he actually does it by himself most of the time.
I've seen tons of horses go on stronger and stronger bits, I personally like the bit there to guide the front end directionally and for emergency stops. Otherwise I barely ever use it. But he is the only horse I have ever ridden which I can do this on.
So I'm in no way saying bits are bad or anyone that needs to use the bit is bad or anything. I've ridden flippin, hundreds of horses which are not as responsive to the bit.
Last edited by AnnaT; 06-27-2012 at 06:01 PM.