How To Teach A Horse To Accept Rein Contact
Bits and Bitting
Bernie shares his personal insights on bits and bitting. His philosophy has been gained through decades of experience with thousands of horses.
Running Time: 31 minutes and 6 seconds
Developing Good Hands
In this topic Bernie discusses the vital role good hands play in the communication between rider and horse. Tactful, sensitive hands that are used with feeling can be developed using the exercises Bernie presents here.
Running Time: 11 minutes and 10 seconds
Riding on the Bit
For some equestrians it is the ultimate goal – to get your horse on the bit and experience that suppleness of poll and jaw, the engagement of the hindquarters, the acceptance of the rider’s hands, that fluid link between horse and rider. In this topic Bernie demonstrates all the different levels of contact with the horse’s mouth and different elevations of the horse’s head and neck that can be considered “on the bit.” He takes into consideration the horse’s conformation and willingness to acquiesce to the required pressure as well as the pit falls of trying to manufacture “on the bit” compliance.
Running Time: 7 minutes and 31 seconds
Dr. Heather Mack
Part Two of a series that sheds light on the often overlooked Temporo-Mandibular Joint. In this video Dr. Heather Mack describes and demonstrates her approach to equine dentistry, with an emphasis on restoring biomechanical function & comfort to the TMJ.
Running Time: 11 minutes and 42 seconds
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Hi, I don’t know much about horses, but am very eager to learn everything i can.
I have never owned a horse of my own until recently, and I have been spending
A lot of time bonding with her. I was told that she was broke, but needed an
Experienced rider. I started putting a saddle on her and getting up on her.
She seemed ok with me on her back, so I tried to ride her I don’t have a bit yet,
And not sure if it makes a difference as to getting her to do what I want.
She will start walking for a short distance and then just stops. And I cannot
Get her to move any further. I’m not sure if she is stubborn, or just my inexperience.
I think I may be giving her mixed signals. I don’t really know what I’m doing so I
Am not sure what I need to be doing differently. I’m on my own as far as training
Her. She is a 7 year old quarter horse, don’t know her history as she was given
To me free. Not looking for a show horse, just want a rideable horse. I want to
Learn how to give clear cues without confusing her about what I’m asking her
To do. Thank you
Thank you for your comment. I’d suggest you check out Bernie’s topics: “Fundamentals of Flatwork – Basic“, “Controls of The Horse – Rein Aids” and “Controls of The Horse – Leg Aids”
I hope these help, in the future you can submit questions to “Ask The Experts” panel at: http://equestriancoachblog.com/ask-the-experts/#question