In most equine forums you can start a pretty good "fist fight" over bits. Mostly the combatants are working from myth, legend, breed tradition, etc. Few work on fact.
So I was pleasantly surprised when I found the work of Dr. Hilary Clayton, from MSU in Lancing. Here is a short article about some of her work:
Dr. Hilary Clayton Offers Many Prescriptions For Bits
She also has a book on equine biomechanics that I'm trying to get through our inter-library loan system. Failing in that, I'm going see if the UT Vet. School has it and if I can "big deal" a loan. If it's good, I'll buy it (for $60USD).
Maybe I'll just tell Santa to leave one. :-)
As usual, the more we learn the more we find out we don't know. Sounds like a good line of investigation we should all read more on.
Huh interesting, thanks for sharing!!
Anyone else who reads it- read the whole thing, the second page better explains some of the bold statements in the beginning.
I wish they would have talked about the boucher too.
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