The horse on the bit

One can only manage to have one’s horse on the bit if one is calm, patient and understanding, more often by keeping one’s hands low and initially also a little separated so that one’s arms remain flexible. With soft hands, relaxed legs stretching towards the ground and relaxed muscles, the horse feels gently ‘controlled’.

A horse that is on the bit is trusting and leans gently on the bit following the rider’s hands and trusting him/her, while the rider’s hands, in turn, follow the horse’s mouth with a delicate and light touch. This contact is permanent in all situations, when turning, slowing down and stopping. The hands are part of the horse’s mouth, so we must learn to move them forward towards it as much as possible. This is a crucial rule that always applies.

Michel Robert for Team WOW