Episode 253: Tack & technique: choosing bits

In this podcast episode, I answer a question from a listener who is preparing to start their horse under saddle and has questions about the progression from a rope halter to bits with shanks.

Topics include:

Progression with a focus on understanding the purpose of each tool.
Consideration of the horse’s understanding level, motivation, and emotional state
Direct and indirect cues are explained
The importance of technique over the choice of equipment.

I also offer three questions you can ask yourself that will point toward your understanding of your goal, your technique, and your horse’s understanding or lack of understanding.

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