Helping Others With Equines

Dee Howe

 Bitting Up

          

Use the same movements when round penning your horse bit up as you did when round penning freely.  This step saves you a lot of time and energy by allowing the horse to figure out how to move with pressure & collect, in a relaxed state. Every horse is an individual.  Remember to take your time, evaluate the horses condition  and give your horse time to figure out what you are teaching them.

Some different way's to bit up your horse:

 

Halter & saddle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        

 

 Side pull & surcingle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Snaffle & Saddle

 

 

 

 

 

 


Curb bit & saddle

 

 

 






Saddle/Surcingle and Bridle your horse. 

  1.  For the first time, ideally, use a halter. Then you can  slowly graduate to any type of bit.
  2. Preferably use a noseband, so your horse can not avoid the bit by opening their mouth.
  3. MAKE SURE ALL EQUIPMENT IS ADJUSTED PROPERLY AND YOUR CINCH IS TIGHT.

 

Saddle: Thread the reins under the stirrup leathers or through the stirrups, and tie in a square knot behind the cantle of the saddle. Short reins may require just looping over saddle horn or an extension so the horse can get relief when they are collected properly.

  1. When doing this for the first time, evenly adjust the reins loosely.
  2. Round pen your horse around until they start to relax.
  3. Continue to tighten your reins until their head is vertical to the ground on a loose rein and run around until they relax

 

Surcingle: Usually used to start young horses so as to not damage to saddle while they learn to take pressure. Have many options to tie reins to or other aids.

Signs of relaxation are:

  1. Breaking at the poll in a relaxed manner, so the reins are loose.
  2. Licking of the lips.
  3. Big soft looking eye.
  4. Proper leads.
  5. Smooth transitions.
  6. Body arches to you.

 

As you progress, do less bitting up, and more riding.

BE CONSISTENT- persistence pays off

 

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