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Bitting Cheat Sheet #2- Bits for Starting or Re-training Horses.

There are a few questions that I get asked time and time again, so here' s a series of "cheat sheets" for you to give you a place to start. Please keen in mind, that these suggestions are general, and do not take into account the details of your exact situation. Use them as a guide, read the product descriptions of the bits listed, and consider them as they might apply to your particu…

Bitting Cheat Sheet #1- Bits for Horses that Lean or Pull

There are a few questions that I get asked time and time again, so here' s a series of "cheat sheets" for you to  give you a place to start.  Please keen in mind, that these suggestions are general, and do not take into account the details of your exact situation.  Use them as a guide, read the product descriptions of the bits listed, and consider them as they might apply to your pa…

The Pelham bit- very common, very commonly blamed

The Pelham is one of those “go-to” bits when a rider finds themselves with a bit of a brakes issue. It’s very common, very widely used from ponies to big showjumpers and everything in between.  It is a very effective bit, when fitted and used appropriately, and it can certainly help with brakes.Here’s a little story I’d like to share with you that I hear often about the Pelham.  A ri…

When is a Gag not a Gag at all?

The Dutch Gag is a very common bit for jumpers and eventers. The Dutch is also known by the names Pessoa Gag, Three Ring-, Four Ring-, (and erroneously, a Two Ring-) Gag with variations on the shape such as the “Wonder Gag”. When describing your dutch gag, or if you are shopping for one, always describe it by counting all the rings, including the “snaffle” ring- hence the Four ring a…

How Good is Your Support Team?

Is your husband or friends into formula 1 racing? I’ve got a good friend who is mad keen on it. Personally, I just don’t get the fun in going round and round for hundreds of laps and wasting all the fuel, and changing all those tires… but when I put it like that it is kinda like horses strangely! And I can certainly understand his passion for the sport- it’s just like my passion for…

Open Up and say Ahhh...

There is a lot of confusion for riders surrounding choosing a new bit for their horse. A lot of my clients email or call me not just because they are looking for help with a problem, but because they want to find a bit that their horse will be comfortable in.For me, the comfort of the horse is as important as the safety of the rider. Improved comfort gives the rider improved communicati…