Riding a horse is not an easy feat. Even the professional and well-experienced horse riders still have accidents. And since humans are the ones given the gift of reason, it is us who are to be faulted for these accidents. Frankly speaking, horse racing accidents transpire if – one, the horse is not well-trained; two, if the horse-rider is not well-trained; three, if the horse is strained too much by the equine tools placed on him.
If you want to have a clear picture of this, imagine yourself being ridden by a crazy monkey. Aside from not being knowledgeable on riding, this crazy monkey also tends to pull and tug and jerk the bit so hard that you would coil in pain and move around like a beast on fire. This is what happens to horse riders who did not undergo good training and do not use the best bit for their horse. Horses have to feel comfortable, too. The horse bit must taste good and should not have any rough surfaces on the mouthpiece. The comfort felt by the horse affects his performance and his response to the commands of the person riding him.
So what is the best bit for training your horse? Choosing the most appropriate horse bit is a little tricky. There are lots of things that you need to consider. First, one needs to think through the materials needed. The common materials used in horse training are chrome plate, stainless steel, black iron, copper or rubber. Chrome plate, though considerably the cheapest among the materials, rusts easily and chips inside the horse’s mouth. Unlike chrome plate, stainless steel does not chip and has a little taste. Black iron, on the other hand, tastes sweet for horses, but may rust a little. Good thing, this material does not chip. Copper is the sweetest material. It induces salivation in the mouth of the horse, making him more comfortable. However, mares are disallowed from using copper if they are pregnant. Rubber starts with a slightly awful taste, but as time passes by, it becomes acceptable for the horse’s taste buds.
The basic horse bits used are the Snaffle and the Curb bits. However, it is advisable that colts start with a snaffle bit, as well as older horses that need training. As much as possible, horses should be ridden in the mildest way possible. A horse’s mouth easily loses its sensitivity and become tougher if more pressure is applied to it. Once the horse learned the tricks, the trainer should train him using a curb bit. Curb bits are used to refine the training that was started using a snaffle bit.
In training horses, one can choose from a variety of horse bit models and styles. But for trainers who really want to bring out the best from their animal, a dressage bit is best recommended. Dressage bits are horse bits that are suitably designed to fit the standards of dressage, a training that develops the horse’s athletic skills. Dressage is usually done to horses who are about to compete, such as in the Olympics.