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Re: What does "On the Bit" mean?  Help!

From: Jennifer
Category: General Horse Questions


When someone says "On the bit" they mean that the horse is listening to the riders hand instructions and basically doing as its told. When you get your horse on the bit you are able to teach it how to carry its head, take back steps, and it is very useful in dressage. If you have a new horse and you are trying to get it on the bit the easiest way for you to do it is to 'play' with your hands. Just give very gentle squeezes with your hands alternately and eventually you will notice your horse starting to curve his/her head under and when this happens you can feel slight pressure from the horses mouth through your hands, this shows you that your horse is listening to you and is willing to learn.

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