2 comments on “Ask Vickie, Equestrian #2

  1. I have a small collection of older bits that have value only as an indication of the mentality of past generations of riders. One has thin double crossed wires with spikes, another is a large, heavy twisted snaffle with a square-shaped bit, and I have several older Pellams, with large tongue depressors and/or center extensions that swing up and hit the horse in the tender palate. These days they are considered inhumane and, thankfully, are rarely thought of as anything other than implements of torture by today’s riders.

    The objective of a trainer should be to teach the horse in such a way that it becomes a partner and wants to go where you direct. The best trainer is one who, through training, can move the horse from a strong bit to a softer bit over time. Unfortunately, rather than reducing the severity of the bit, most horses are outfitted with stronger and stronger bits to maintain ‘control’.

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