The Art of Natural Dressage

Working with the Horse's Initiative
It is currently Wed Apr 14, 2021 11:54 pm

All times are UTC+01:00

Post new topic  Reply to topic  [ 3 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Question: Bits
PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:53 pm 

Joined: Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:25 pm
Posts: 10
Hello everyone, im pretty new to everything but what i have seen here and done with my horse so far has been amazing. There is only one thing that troubles me. I frequently show and go to numerous clinics and trail rides with my horse. The AQHA rules state i must have a bit and a horse 5 yrs and up must wear a curb with a shank. Is it possible that my horse remains happy and we follow the training bitless at home with only a few sessions with a bit. and what i mean by that is can my horse, after working for a while on cues and bitless riding, just "wear" the bit without me actually using my hands all that much if none at all. I realize it would take some work and time to get my horse to that level, but i really want to ride at liberty and follow this training all the way through, but i can't just go bitless outside the home.

 Post subject: Re: Question: Bits
PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:14 pm 
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jun 23, 2010 4:15 pm
Posts: 584
Location: Georgia (USA)
Mmm... some of that your horse is going to have to answer for you, what he/she is comfortable with.

But you asked if it was possible to ride in a bit only for the show and not use it - but use your other forms of communication (legs, voice, weight etc). I say that is absolutely possible. :yes: As you noted, it does take alot of work, alot of building a relationship between you and the horse, but it can be done. :)

Obviously we're all hoping someday to change the rules of the various show associations so that bits are no longer "required". It has happened from what I understand in some areas already. :D It's the relationship that makes things safe and happy for horse and rider, not the tack, obviously. ;)

If you are interested in really learning I suggest you start a diary for you and your horse so you can start learning how we play and train with our horses here (everyone is a bit different, but the same goal). 8) That way you can start reading others experiences and questions and you may find your own answers to this question...

Diego's Journal
There's no more looking back - no more grey skies black.

 Post subject: Re: Question: Bits
PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:21 pm 

Joined: Mon Oct 04, 2010 10:25 pm
Posts: 10
Thank you, im glad you are supporting me. I hate to use the bit but...oh well. I just put up a short diary entry, its short but they will get longer as we progress. I have also enjoyed the entries, pictures, and videos of everyone's happy healthy horses havng fun with their owners. :)

Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic  Reply to topic  [ 3 posts ] 

All times are UTC+01:00

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Limited Color scheme created with Colorize It.