Hello, I am Gill who is based in Tenterden, Kent and I travel across the UK to give you independent bitting advice.
These are few reasons why it should be part of your normal Equestrian routine to get your bits professionally selected and fitted.
Whether you're trying to address a specific type of bit evasion, looking to gain extra marks or simply want peace of mind that you have the best possible choice to suit your horse and you the rider.
A large part of selecting the best bit for your horse is influenced by your horse's facial conformation.
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Each consultation lasts approximately 45 mins but as every partnership is unique this may run over.
I am happy to see 8 horse and rider combinations in one day and can stay overnight and continue the next day for large groups.
In 2001 I owned a horse that presented a major bit evasion, with my other horses I had never really experienced such a dramatic problem. I sought expert advice from horse mensaddleries, knowledgeable and women but bitting the horse harshly or clamping the mouth closed was the not going to get to the core of the problem.
The more I spoke to all sorts of equestrian professionals it became evident that there was little or no specific bitting specialists for accurate product knowledge backed up by hands on knowledge - so I began my own pursuit to gain both practical and informed bitting expertise and experience.
My quest for knowledge has taken me to the United States and Europe and many training opportunities across the U.K. Over the course of the last 16 years I have worked with bit manufacturers, instrumental in design and promotion.
I have worked with riders from all types of disciplines and levels. I have been invited by British eventing, British Dressage and the lorinery and saddlery societies to give talks and demonstrations sharing my theories and approach to bitting. Although I now have a wealth of knowledge and experience the horses can still throw me a curve ball now and again and this only fuels my passion to learn and achieve the best results for my equine and human clients.
Gill will look at the size of tongue and how it fills the mouth cavity, depth and thickness of lips, length of bars, space and width in the soft palate - roof of mouth. There are breed traits that benefit from specific shapes and with age the mouth changes shape as the teeth go through different stages of growth.
Gill would always recommend that the usual rider is part of the bit choice as we all have our own style and
preference of riding and the bit can be chosen specially to suit the unique horse and rider combination.
Gill also welcomes the chance for your regular trainer to be part of the consultation process.
Gill can tweak the level of control or suggestion from the bit as some riders are very light with the hand which the horse may find difficult to interpret and some who prefer a heavier feel on the rein which the horse finds too much to comprehend. Also many riders have a single horse and perhaps less as effective as a professional rider from seat and leg.There are also many stages of training which we work through using different methods. The continual path to help balance and straightness preparing for the move to the
next stage of learning and training.
Control and confidence for both horse and rider can be extremely relative when selecting an improved bit
choice which can also help the rider maintain a better and more effective seat and position.
Although changing the bit will not be the magic wand - but it should be the important piece
of the puzzle that helps you complete the overall picture.
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