Horse working on the bit and just being difficult.

Is your horse working on the bit? Bits are one of the most misunderstood pieces of horse equipment man has ever invented. The things that people think they’re supposed to do with a bit in a horse’s mouth are unbelievable.

  The benefit of your horse working on the bit are huge. Not just for control but when you are able to collect your horse all the right muscles are working together to build performance. The horse has better contact with you. He can feel what you are asking of him and a real connection begins to grow.   The area in the horse’s mouth where a bit communicates our pressures most effectively to the horse is called the bars.   arabian
Equine World have written a great article explaining how the bit works and what to look for. You can read their article by clicking on the name.
  But they are saying that “the first thing to look at on any device you put in the horse’s mouth is its contact area–the size of the area that actually touches the horse and transmits pressure or feel. When trainers talk about “pounds of pressure” on a bit, they are really talking about pounds per square inch of pressure over this contact area. The thinner the bit, the less contact area it has and the greater the pounds per square in of pressure. The thicker the bit, the greater the contact area and the lower the pounds per square inch of pressure.   So the thinner the bit, the more noticeable any pressure on the bars will be. With a thicker bit, the same amount of reign pressure will be less noticeable. So the effective size of the mouthpiece is the first thing to look at because it will determine how noticeable the pressure you apply will be. bridle One of the biggest mistakes everybody makes when trying to get their

horse working on the bit is picturing the bit by itself. The bit is only part of the overall corridor of aids you use to create the shapes you want the horse to take. You do not want the bit to be louder than your legs or seat. You don’t need a big bit to get the horse’s attention and you don’t need a big bit to get the horse stopped. You just need to know how to use a bit to make it understandable and directional to the horse.

  Whenever you see a horse fighting the bit, he has lost feeling for the rest of the aids. It is just like two people who speak different languages raising their voices louder and louder in an effort to be understood. Rhythm, relaxation and repetition are the cornerstones of good training.”
So getting your horse working on the bit is a major factor in, not just control, but enabling your horse to work in the correct way.  

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