Friday, January 13, 2012

It's OK to Use a Different Bit to Train Vs. To Show

Julie Goodnight and Dale Myler have a video talking about the bit you use for training and the bit you use for showing. They really don't have to be the same contrary to what we might think or have been told.
Especially for those show events that have restrictions on what a rider can use to bit their horse at a show.

Here's my tip: Make the mouthpiece of the training bit the same as your show bit (if possible). That way the horse will be used to the proper mouthpiece.

I very often use a combination bit to train in and then will use my show bit towards show time to get the horse used to it. If both bits have the same mouthpiece then it's easier for the horse.

Some events won't let you use the same mouthpiece especially those that require the ole fashion harsher single jointed or double jointed mouthpieces like simple snaffles and french links or dog bones. Oh well.  Just switch back when you're done showing.

You gotta do what you gotta do for the horse's comfort.

Putting my spin on bits
@KISS Reiners

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