Why Does A Horse Need A Bit?


A bit – the part of the bridle that is inserted into a horse’s mouth – enables a rider to cue a horse by placing pressure in and around the horse’s mouth.

This pressure is used to control the horse’s speed and direction of movement.

Can you ride a horse without a bit?

In fact, it’s possible to train a horse to be ridden without any sort of bit or headstall on its head at all. The downside is that the horse will be limited to doing things—like trail riding, that doesn’t require any specific type of bit or bridle.

What is the purpose of a horse bit?

A bit is a type of horse tack used in equestrian activities, usually made of metal, or a synthetic material. It is placed in the mouth of a horse (or other equid) and assists a rider in communicating with the animal. It is held on a horse’s head by means of a bridle and has reins attached for use by a rider.

Does the bit hurt the horse?

Understanding Horse Bits, Do They Cause Pain, and Why. Although people might want to think otherwise, bits, and even bitless bridles do hurt horses. The pain can vary from mild to more severe. The mild pain can be simple pressure, and is generally not considered cruel.

Why bits are bad for horses?

Bits May Inflict Pain

Most riders agree that bits can cause pain to horses. A too-severe bit in the wrong hands, or even a soft one in rough or inexperienced hands, is a well-known cause of rubs, cuts and soreness in a horse’s mouth. Dr. Cook’s research suggests the damage may go even deeper — to the bone and beyond.

Should I use a bit on my horse?

You should be riding in the mildest bit that still allows you to communicate clearly with your horse. Most horses go very well in some sort of simple snaffle. Ideally, a curb bit should only be used if your horse has learned all of his lessons well in a snaffle bit.

Can a horse eat with a bit?

But – if you must, must, must give your horse a treat with a bit, use a treat that dissolves, like sugar cubes. They are easy to keep in your pocket, and because they dissolve, they avoid any potential bit issues. And here’s the big difference between giving a treat and letting your horse snack.

Why do horses chomp on their bit?

A: It sounds as if your horse is trying to tell you something. If your horse is young, his bit chewing may result from immaturity or unfamiliarity with the bit. He might need more time getting accustomed to the feel of the bit in his mouth without also having to focus on a rider on his back.

Do horses bite you?

Many horses are inclined to bite. It’s an unpleasant habit that can result in injured fingers and bruises. The habit of biting people is quite different from windsucking, cribbing or fence chewing, and horses can bite hard, resulting in serious injuries. A horse that bites isn’t just annoying; it can be dangerous.

What is the softest bit for a horse?

The softest bits are generally snaffle bits made of rubber. Rubber offers a smooth fit on the bars of the horse’s mouth, while the snaffle’s rings fit softly in the corners of the horse’s mouth without pinching.