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Bitting Clinic - What I can help with .....

Gail Johnson- 22 April 2019
Always worth reposting !

Here is a link to the consultation page giving more info : Bitting Consultation
What I can't help with is 1) eradicate long term habits in an hour, 2) make you ride like a top rider, 3) fix an issue that isn't bit related - although appropriate guidance will be offered, 4) heal a mouth that is damaged in an hour, 5) heal horse/pony (and rider!) psychological issues in an hour.....

Sometimes to help we have to go sidewards a little before we go forwards (not literally, but then again, sometimes possibly so);  If a back issue and an ill fitting bit has caused a bitting issue, and you get the back sorted, sometimes the back needs rechecking after I have sorted the bit ....What I am saying is that its the whole picture that needs taking into account.  I can fit a bit that is suitable for both horse and rider in the situation they have described needing it for....if the horse has shocking teeth these will need sorting before you can possibly see the benefits...other examples are available :-)
Happy riding people !!

Advice Line Query : My horse leans !

Gail Johnson- 29 May 2018
A frequent query on the advice line is "i need a bit that is going to stop my horse leaning - help!!".  As usual, there is never just one straightforward reply.  Many factors need to be taken into account to try to rule out the reason for the leaning and one of the most important is ; "does the current bit fit?"

A lot of the bits I see are at least 1/2" too big and therefore sitting out to one side under rein tension.  This can result in, depending on how the noseband and bridle support the bit, the bit hanging out to the left rein even when you are on the right rein.  Sometimes it can even slide across the tongue quite harshly when a change of rein occurs and riders wonder why their horse throws its head. 

The bit needs to sit centrally and needs assessing with and without rein tension as to whether it fits or not.  If you are not sure, feel free to send photos to me at gail@horsebithire.com and I will check it for you :-)