What does "on the bit" mean to you?
I audited an eventing clinic today and the instructor was working on stadium. She kept saying to the riders, "put him on the bit." It got me to wondering, what does "on the bit" mean to you? It seemed, from what I was observing (and I used to event myself) that "on the bit" just meant "put his head down in a certain spot" and I wondered what the real definition is.
Does it mean through? Or is it its own definition? Does it just mean "head set" (although I hate that term)?
When I work in my dressage lessons, there is definitely a different feeling when the horse's head is in a certain position (which likely would be called "on the bit" by some) and when the horse is TRULY on the aids, back lifted, carrying me.
So what IS the definition of on the bit? :confused: