Wait for the Bit

Trail Rider - - SADDLEBAG SAVVY -

Be pa­tient when you take off your horse’s bri­dle. As you un­bri­dle him, avoid quickly pulling the bri­dle for­ward. In­stead, hold the bri­dle in place un­til he re­leases the bit from his mouth.

Why wait? Pulling the bit against your horse’s teeth can grind, ir­ri­tate, and cause ex­cess pres­sure on his mouth. Also, any bit pres­sure should give your horse your in­tended cue. If you pull, you may teach him not to lis­ten to light pres­sure on his mouth and make him resistant to the bridling process.

Follow this un­bridling pro­ce­dure: Hold­ing the crown­piece (the piece that sits atop your horse’s poll), gen­tly pull the bri­dle for­ward to re­lease your horse’s ears. Hold the bri­dle in this for­ward po­si­tion un­til he re­leases the bit. Then gen­tly drop your hand, re­move the bri­dle, and hal­ter him.

When you un­bri­dle your horse, hold the bri­dle in place un­til he re­leases the bit from his mouth.

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