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Ne0n Zero 02-22-2009 07:44 PM

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.

Spyder 02-22-2009 08:06 PM

MIEventer will be along shortly.

smrobs 02-22-2009 08:12 PM

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.

MIEventer 02-22-2009 08:27 PM

Here is a great discussion on this :)

http://www.horseforum.com/english-riding/bit-22690/

Spyder 02-22-2009 08:48 PM

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~*~anebel~*~ 02-22-2009 09:23 PM

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.

Ne0n Zero 02-22-2009 09:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~ (Post 257014)
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.

MIEventer 02-22-2009 09:30 PM

You got some good responses on the other forum :)

Ne0n Zero 02-22-2009 09:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MIEventer (Post 257023)
You got some good responses on the other forum :)

Lol. Indeed I did. ;)
I always post on both. It's much more fruitful. :P

Spyder 02-22-2009 09:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MIEventer (Post 257023)
You got some good responses on the other forum :)

Not a place I would recommend though.


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