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There are many reasons why Horses are resistant to the Bit but I
will also rank them in order of the reason for cause. The most
prolific at the top. As I write, I shall take the occasional Photo
out of the window of the F-Truck.
The vast majority of ridden Horses from the 'English Disciplines" are 'above the Bit' . Horses do this for all of the reasons above. They do so largely, to protect themselves from pain, discomfort, caused by all of the above. Many of them translate their worry into unhappy Faces for Life is not a Happy time when being ridden.
Along with this comes all of the other things spoken about in the Veterinary section of this Website. Hollow backs, Rider induced Veterinary Problems and then the behavioral problems as the Horse constantly tries to communicate with the Rider, but they don't 'listen'
Putting up with Life
In short, if you ride the 'English Disciplines" and don't ride the Horse to where it is in 'softness' on the Bit, you are being unjust to Your Horse. That my Friends is such an inconsistency with the aspirations of Horse Riders everywhere for they love their Horses with a passion and yet are unkind to them when Riding.
HORSES ARE NEVER NAUGHTY
I just told you I am at the Dressage, watching the Horses in turmoil with all the loving Facebook Queens riding badly....but now it is time for my Wife to have her second start on her Prelim Horse who is going well and should win.........but hang on, he takes a wrong lead in the warm-up, when asked to Canter. Then he does it again and again. "Naughty????? most would think so but Trust me, "there are no naughty Horses", only badly ridden, sore, psychologically affected or confused Horses, each communicating to their Rider in methods of subtlety to SCREAMING which in Horse speak is Bucking or Bolting or Rearing. So here it is......I caught it.....
Happy as he feels a Canter transition being asked for....watch his Body Language and eyes?
and wrong lead
Note the concern on his face. "Will Mother be unhappy with this lead????"
He had fallen two Days before, no lameness, no cuts but Resistance has it's reasons. Listen!!!! We scratched Him.
So remember Folks, 'Resistance' comes with reasons. It is never the Horse, it is always us. Look in the Mirror often