When I introduce the bit I like to give the horse ample time to grow accustomed to the feel of it without interfering. With Bodhi, I gave him a lot of time to puzzle it out at liberty (supervised of course). I only progress when the horse accepts the bit and treats it like a non-issue. I like to start horses off in a french link snaffle. I am wavering whether I want to do my first rides with a bit or in a halter. I guess it will depend on how well he progresses with the bit.
How do you introduce the bit? What type of bit do you use? How do you start a horse - bridle or halter?
Oak's Training Log April 26
Duration: 30 mins
Activities: Moving away from pressure, working on the long line, backing, target training.
Observations: He is getting more confident, and has begun to move into my space which I have been lightheartedly correcting. He was very responsive on the line, though his back is still pretty tentative. Worked on increasing speed at the trot, which got him slightly excited but he handled it well. Tried to work on targeting, but he was more interested in grass than playing along today.