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post #21 of 24 Old 12-25-2019, 08:10 PM
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When I was (much) younger and before all this new fandangled thinking (sound like an old fuddy duddy now) came into play, we were always taught to ride our horses 'into the bridle'. My trainers (ok garden variety pony club instructors) never said anything getting 'on the bit'.

The idea was to ride your horse forward into the bridle so he was using his back end to drive the front end and as a result he would lift and lighten the front end thereby raising and arching the neck and giving a more vertical nose carriage.

To get a horse 'on the bit' to me, implies bringing from the front - I may be wrong.

I am a great believer that if a horse is happy to go in something then that is what you use. Youtube some demonstrations of bridless riding,
Unfortunately there are a lot of rules brought about by those who need all the paraphernalia to get their horses appearing to work.

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post #22 of 24 Old 12-26-2019, 11:15 AM
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Find a new trainer. If you don't compete, who cares whether you ride bitless? Your horse is happier that way so why force something on him that is totally unecessary? As for bringing his nose to his chest, well that's just wrong and tells us everything we need to know about this trainer.
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post #23 of 24 Old 12-26-2019, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Acadianartist, you make a good point. The nose to his chest philosophy should have told me right then that she rides front-to-back instead of the proper way of riding back-to-front or 'into the bridle' as Makin Tracks mentioned above. I guess I was getting caught up in the idea of competing again. Sometimes I do miss showing and my OTTB is such a great cross country horse that I started thinking, "Hmmmm...what if we could perfect our dressage? He's already a rock star in stadium jumping and cross country..." But it's not worth it to me if it means my horse is physically uncomfortable.
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post #24 of 24 Old 12-26-2019, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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we were always taught to ride our horses 'into the bridle'. My trainers (ok garden variety pony club instructors) never said anything getting 'on the bit'.

The idea was to ride your horse forward into the bridle so he was using his back end to drive the front end and as a result he would lift and lighten the front end thereby raising and arching the neck and giving a more vertical nose carriage.

To get a horse 'on the bit' to me, implies bringing from the front - I may be wrong.
Into the bridle! Yes. I love that way of describing it. I really do not like the phrase 'on the bit'. I believe it has created thousands of riders who just try to yank their horse's head into a frame and hold it there. I was just reading a book on classical dressage last night and the author used your phrase - 'into the bridle' and described it as 'pushing a baby buggy' rather than pulling on the reins (she stressed that there should not be any pulling at all, really). I really liked the image of pushing a baby buggy and thought of it often when I rode yesterday (bitless). My gelding obviously loved that image, too, because he went around happily, relaxed and forward, both in our dressage work and in jumping. My husband, who is not a rider, even commented on how energetic and happy my gelding was and that he had not seen him look that way in a while.
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