“But why bits?”

It’s been over a week since I uploaded my last article. I’ve had no motivation to write whatsoever until this happened.

I was sitting in the passenger’s seat of my mom’s car and we were chatting about horses. I was filling her in on how I had emailed the USEF about changing their rules on bitless dressage. My mom looks at me, while she’s driving, dead in the eye and goes, “What is the point of bits?”

I stumbled over my words and tried to collect my thoughts before letting out a bit of a giggle. What is the point of bits? Equestrian run over questions like this all the time because they’ve always been comfortable without an answer. I looked at her and said, “Well, it’s just like a hackamore, for direction and to request softness.”

That was not a question anyone should’ve had to think about. I use a bit every day, like most equestrians, yet couldn’t answer the simple question of “Why?”. I found this whole conversation quite interesting and figured I’d share it on here. What’s your opinion?

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