Courses

FUNDAMENTALS OF BITS AND BITTING

FOUNDATION*
An introductory course open to all with an interest in the subject of bits and bitting. This course is intended to introduce the basics of bits and bitting by covering its history and delving into the materials used in the design and manufacture of bits. We then invite you to take a look inside the horse’s mouth, giving insight into size and dimensions before culminating in the distribution of forces on the mouth and the action of various classes of bits and putting to rest some common misconceptions through basic science.

Enrolment fee for the course leading to NS Academy certification is £35 + VAT

Enrolment fee for the course leading to Lantra certification is £100 + VAT

INTERMEDIATE (Lorinery Science)
The intermediate course gives a more detailed look at the science behind bitting by taking a closer look at the forces applied with different bits and what is pressing on the horse’s tongue. You will start to categorise bits depending on their design and action. Building on knowledge gained in the foundation course, covering equine mouth anatomy and some basic physical principles, this course develops your scientific understanding of the bit and its action in the mouth.

Enrolment fee for the course leading to NS Academy certification is £70 + VAT

Enrolment fee for the course leading to Lantra certification is £135 + VAT

BITTING ANALYST**
The aim of this advanced level course is to enable you to assess a bitting situation based on measurements and observations of the horse’s bit and mouth. The course will comprise of several case studies, following an observational checklist, which will result in careful analysis of the various angles of relevance studied in the previous topics. A must for trainers and anyone seeking to learn more about how bits and training aids act on the horse.

Enrolment fee for the course leading to NS Academy certification is £120 + VAT

MATHEMATICS FOR BITS AND BITTING

Develop your confidence in the use of mathematics, regarding a range of equestrian contexts by undertaking a thorough grounding in the mathematical skills required for The Fundamentals of Bits and Bitting courses whilst also learning the essential skills required to be successful in the equine industry. Enhance your equestrian CV by understanding of how to easily calculate feed rations based on body weight, measure hoof angles and learn basic statistical analyses as they apply to the upper level courses as well as general equitation. The course provides anyone seeking to improve their mathematical skills with equestrian themed resources and activities to help develop their knowledge of fundamental mathematical skills with a focus on practical, horse related, examples.

Enrolment fee for the course leading to NS Academy certification is £30 + VAT

Enrolment fee for the course leading to Lantra certification is £75 + VAT

NS Academy Equine Bit and Bridle Fitting Course

The Academy’s Equine Bit and Bridle Fitting course was established to meet a growing call for an understanding of how to fit bits to horses. Always keen to share our knowledge and improve horse welfare, we responded by creating formal training for those who are passionate about improving the health, welfare and performance of their equine clients.

By undertaking this course, you can expect to undergo rigorous training that is focused on the intrinsic mechanical operation of the bit and how the horse is affected by the bit and bridle.

Is the course right for me and what do I get out of it?

All you need to undergo the training is a passion for promoting horse-welfare and a desire to improve your equine client’s partnership with their rider. This can be a stand-alone business for you, or can be added onto your existing service: you could even become a mentor to others on the course. By the end of the course you will have the knowledge and tools to correctly select a bit that suits horse and rider, improve the horse’s comfort and performance by conducting a holistic assessment, and know when to call another professional by asking the right questions. You will also receive training on the Synchronicity™ system, enabling you to take measurements that quantify changes in the rhythm, consistency, contact and balance through the reins. This can also be used as an added service for improving the horse-rider partnership.

The Academy’s Equine Bit and Bridle Fitting Course raises the standard for professional bit fitting by providing training leading to certification from an accredited body and delivering continuing education. Completion of the course enables the holder to professionally fit bits to horses, consult and offer advice to riders of all disciplines at all levels. Trainees will receive their education from highly qualified professionals with years of experience in research, education, lorinery and equestrianism. By assessing both horse and rider, a qualified bit fitter can improve a horse’s well-being and performance by supporting the progression of the partnership through the bit, and more.

Enrolment fee for the online module is £100 + VAT. All other modules will depend on location. Register your interest for the course at https://academy.nsbits.com/.
*You will need to successfully complete the foundation course to progress to the intermediate course and both the foundation and intermediate courses must be completed to Merit standard to advance to the Bitting Analyst course. There are no academic entry requirements for the Foundation course. The courses are graded through online examination and submission of case studies.
**No Lantra option available