Thursday, March 26, 2009

History of Bits

Let's start with a definition, the history of bits and their use. (photo of custom designed bit courtesy Tom Howe, Silversmith)

Wikipedi has a great definition and history of bits here.

A Bit of History

The first horse bits were made of rope, bone, horn, or hard wood.
• Metal bits came into use between 1300 and 1200 BC, originally made of bronze.
•Throughout history, the need for control of horses in warfare drove extensive innovation in bit design, producing a variety of prototypes and styles over the centuries, from Ancient Greece into modern day use."
(Information provided by

Their Use
From my presentation: " an Effective Communication tool between horse & rider that is clear, concise, and painless.”
“To make it easy for the horse to understand what you want.

Communication is everything!”

That's it... plain and simple.... A tool to talk to your horse.

Youtube has a few videos on bits and their use. Here is a video explaining bits and the different types. Found here. (It's a bit long).

Next article I'll discuss the 2 types and how they differ. I also define the different parts of a bit so that we are 'on the same page' when we get into more detail.

Questions and Comments are always welcome.
If you have an interesting stories to talk about, please share them in the comments section.
If you want more information or help on Bits or anything else mentioned here, please contact me.
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