What you see on your left is what is delightfully called a ‘Colt Breaking Bit’, which is a jointed mouth 6 inch bit with a 4 inch shank and a 2 inch purchase no less.
Now I know that generally here at HorseConscious we try to be the GHNN – Good Horse News Network but sometimes I get sent information I can’t ignore and more importantly think should be brought to your attention.
This picture was sent to me by Tara in California, who came across in the online store of one of the major equine ecommerce players.
This is what Tara had to say:
“This is being sold as a colt breaking tool and is teaching people who don’t know any better to abuse their horses!!! I’m so sick of seeing things like this for sale.
“I did email the company but thought your readers should know – maybe we could pressure things like this out of existence in horse catalogs. Its awful.
“I look at bits and just cringe now. Every single one of my rescue horses – even the older hard-mouthed ones – are in bitless bridles I make myself on a loose rein and they’re oh so happy, as am I.
“I don’t have any insubordination problems because I train them. I don’t OVERPOWER their will. This is what people need to learn – not to buy these abusive gadgets.
“I hope we can do something – the mentality is if you can’t control your horse, buy a bigger bit. These retailers love and encourage this approach as it increases their sales.”
So what do you think of the idea of a ‘colt breaking bit?’
I’m guessing this is pretty much a rhetorical question as I’m preaching to the converted here in these newsletters so the more important is what can be done about it?
The answer has traditionally been to lead by example and change will eventually come but do you see that happening amongst the general horse public you see?