Horse Bits and Bitting Extension Webcast this Month

A free Webcast on bits and bitting will be presented later this month through My Horse University and eXtension HorseQuest. Holly Spooner, PhD, assistant professor and equine Extension specialist at West Virginia University, will discuss factors such as bit selection for different stages of training and how a bit functions.

The Webcast will take place Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. EDT.

Selecting the correct bit for a horse is dependent on a number of factors including the horse's level of training and the rider's experience level. Knowing how a bit functions and distributes pressure on a horse's face is essential for determining what bit is appropriate. Spooner will discuss the difference in direct versus leverage action of a bit, how the diameter and shape of the bit affects the bit's action, and will describe the pressure points on the horse's face that are affected by bits and hackamores.

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