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Choosing What Bit To Use On Your Horse

Submitted by member: Camila

Hi, I need some help with my horse. He is 7 turning 8 and we have been having some bitting  problems. He first went in a gag, but it was way to strong and he went behind the vertical. Then we switched to a copper roller D-ring, but it was way to soft and he started pulling the reins out of my hands and stretching long and low even when jumping. So we changed it into a pelham. At first he liked it, but then he started pulling down his head, therefore pulling me down and yanking the reins out of  my hand. I also have steering problems with him. I was told about the Waterford bit, but I would like first to get some advice from you before I go and buy a new bit.

Answer by Bernie

Camila, your question prompted me to revisit the topic I did on called “Bits and Bitting.” Your question is a common one in the Equestrian Sport, and I hope that watching my bit topic will give you enough tips to solve your bitting issue. In the interest of useful information for riders and trainers, and for the welfare of the horse, I have made this topic free to watch here. Enjoy!

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This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. Loved this. Great learning video. This video made me late for work. I had to watch the whole video. I learned a lot. Thank you

    1. That’s great! Well not the being late for work part of course but we are so glad you found it helpful. Thanks for the feedback Lisa!

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