[RC] [Guest] Bitless Bridle - Ridecamp Guest
K S SWIGART katswig@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Mike Sofen said:
> my question is this:
> biomechanically, why would the bitless bridle cause the horse's
> nose to go UP in this situation, when we would expect
> them to give to the "bit" (noseband pressure) and thus flex at
> the poll?
Generally speaking, a horse's reflexive reaction to pressure is
to move away from light pressuree and to move in to heavy pressure.
So, its natural inclination would be to drop his nose if you put
light pressure on it, but if you pull harder on the nose band, its
natural incliniation will be to push BACK into the pressure (i.e.
raise its nose).
If the horse does something other than this, it is because it has
been taught to overcome or ignore its reflexes. So, unless the
horse has been taught that the rider pulling hard on the reins
means it is supposed to drop its nose and/or slow down, its
natural response will be to clench its jaw and lean on them.
Rarely ever is constant hard pressure on both reins an effective
method for communicating with a horse unless it has been taught
(or probably more accurately, learned for itself) that what the
rider wants is for it to drop its nose and/or slow down.
Orange County, Calif.
p.s. With respect to the assertion that horses cannot keep
running with their hind legs crossed, it is simply not true--
it's called a shoulder in. It is also not true that horse cannot
keep running straight (i.e. without crossing its legs) even with
its nose pulled around to the rider's knee, nor that the horse
has to cross its legs to bend its nose around to the rider's knee.
It is entirely possible (although it can be quite uncomfortable...
for both horse and rider) for a horse to continue running at
breakneck speed with its head pulled all the way around. If
the "one rein stop" works to stop a bolting horse, it is because
the horse has been taught this too.
Ridecamp is a service of Endurance Net, http://www.endurance.net.
Information, Policy, Disclaimer: http://www.endurance.net/Ridecamp
If you are an AERC member - PLEASE VOTE in the upcoming By-Laws
Election!!!! (it takes 2/3rds to tango!!)