Grazing Bits Plain and Simple

September 18, 2012

Bits are always a fun source of discussion. Experts abound and everyone has an opinion. The KISS approach seems to apply to bits better than any other principle. YOU KNOW, Keep It Simple Stupid!

Grazing bits are fairly gentle and perfect for a beginning rider who may occassionally jerk a little too hard. These simple bits are all you need for a well broke horse. You train a horse’s mind, not his mouth.  Bits are intended to help you communicate.  Sure bits give you a feeling of being in control, but we promise you it is only the  “feeling of control. ” People who think the problem with their horse is the wrong  bit are simply in error.

A well broke horse can generally be ridden in nearly anything, hackamore, snaffle, grazing, or just a halter. We don’t recommend riding in a halter unless you know what you are doing, but our horses are regularly ridden in a simple rope halter. In fact, the bridle is often slipped off the head and the horse ridden with just the reins to see how they do. Again we don’t recommend this exercise to others, but it lets us evaluate the training level reached.

Bits are merely tools and most folks need a simple tool that lets the rider and the horse communicate  two essential commands; stop and turn. The key to bits  is  good  communication and training, not force. If you have to make your horse stop by sheer strength, something isn’t right.

Ever see these guys with the big arms that reach forward, grab up the reins, and sit way back in the saddle pulling as hard as they can while  yelling ” WHOA! ” You shouldn’t have to do that! Nor should you have draconian bits that look like they’ll  make a hole in the roof of the horse’s mouth.  If your horse won’t do what you need in a grazing bit, then  your horse isn’t well-trained.

The Oklahoma quarter horses for sale here will work all day long in a simple grazing bit and give you an honest day’s work.