Bits & Bitting For Your Horse by Greg Darnall

Bits & Bitting For Your Horse
Greg Darnall

Let me ask you a question. What do you know about bits? I’m serious. My guess is the average horse owner can recite everything he knows about bits in 60 seconds or less. Even experienced horsemen can’t tell you much about how different bits work. And yet, this knowledge is critical if you expect your horse to perform well.

Do you know there are a lot of training problems that can be attributed directly to the bit you use? And yes, having good hands is important but the best hands in the world can’t overcome the handicap of using the wrong bit.

When choosing a bit for a particular horse there are so many things to consider. Does the horse need a bit that’s under-balanced or over-balanced? How much “signal” should the bit have? What pressure points does the bit utilize? Does this particular horse require a bit that has a slow release or a quick release? Does the horse need a bit that’s light in weight or heavy?

And the list goes on. All these things are important to know.

With this video you’ll get a very thorough education from professional bit maker Greg Darnall. Greg’s not only a top-notch bit maker. He’s also an expert horseman. He knows what he’s talking about. You’re going to get valuable information that few people are fortunate enough to receive.

Here’s what you’ll learn…

The four pressure points of a horse’s mouth and how they are utilized by different mouthpieces. (Critical Information)

The advantages and disadvantages of several types of snaffle bits.

A detailed description of a wide variety of curb bits and how they effect a horse’s performance.

What to look for concerning the size and shape of a horse’s mouth.

The name and description of the different parts of a bit.

How to avoid wearing out a horse’s mouth. (Numb or cold jawed)

The type of bit to use on a horse that refuses to flex at the poll.

How your horse’s teeth effect the bitting process.

The type of metal a bit should be made of. (A lot of bits are made of material horses don’t like)

The type of mouthpiece to use on a horse with an injured tongue.

An understanding of a bits “balance”, “signal” and “release”. (Very important)

The advantages and disadvantages of various types of shanks. (Every kind of shank imaginable is covered)

How the weight of a bit effects its performance.

Which bit designs are best suited for reining, cutting and western pleasure.

What bits work best on a hard-mouthed horse.

At the end of his lecture, Greg does a live demonstration with a two-year-old filly. First, he checks the filly up in a snaffle to teach her to drop her nose and give to the bit. He then rides the filly to demonstrate flexion and lightness.

This DVD contains some of the most detailed information on bitting out there.

Approximate running time: 1 hour

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