A preliminary investigation of bit type and rein tension effect on behavioural and locomotory parameters in the ridden horse.

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Tack and equipment fit influence work quality and comfort of the horse Hockenhull and Creighton, 2013 Excessive points of pressure because of poor tack fit are reported to result in sub optimal performance however restrictive nosebands and poorly fitting saddles are common in equestrian sport Reduced pressure under the saddle and bridle, notably under the noseband and headpiece, is evidenced to result in greater carpal flexion, tarsal flexion and limb protraction, subsequently improving potential equine performance (Murray et al 2015 Noseband pressure in particular, also appears to provoke behavioural responses of the horse, most notably conflict behaviours are evidenced with increased noseband pressures and tightness (Fenner et al 2016)

Anecdotally,rubber snaffle bits are deemed to be some of the mildest bits available for use in modern equestrian On the other hand, a pelham bit with a curb chain is considered to have a stronger action than a snaffle and is deemed harsher due to the additional pressure points identified on the mouth and head of the horse when rein tension is applied In the wrong hands, any bit can be damaging to the horse regardless of the perceived severity Despite this, to the best of the author’s knowledge there is an absence of research into the influence of rein tension and bit type on equine behaviour and kinematics
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024
EventHorses Inside Out Conference 2024 -
Duration: 17 Feb 202418 Feb 2024

Conference

ConferenceHorses Inside Out Conference 2024
Period17/2/2418/2/24

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