Is bit­less the an­swer?

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Q My TB can be tense and isn’t con­sis­tent in a con­tact. Back, teeth and tack have all been checked. Could go­ing bit­less be the an­swer? Rochelle Jones, Wolver­hamp­ton

Jenni says... Whether bit­less rid­ing is the an­swer de­pends on your horse’s rea­son for ten­sion and strug­gling with the con­tact. It may be that the pres­sure of the bit in his mouth, be­fore you’ve even picked up the reins, is stress­ful for him. This can be caused by poor ini­tial train­ing where in­suf­fi­cient time has been spent ‘mouthing’ the horse. This is ex­ac­er­bated in cases where the first bit was not a good fit. As well as this, un­pre­dictable rein ten­sions can cause your sit­u­a­tion. Not know­ing when the rein ten­sion will in­crease, or what to do to re­lease it, causes horses con­sid­er­able stress. Their nat­u­ral re­sponse is ‘Stay alert, don’t get hurt!’

How well your horse accepts the con­tact is a key con­sid­er­a­tion be­fore de­cid­ing to ride bit­less

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