Take a more detailed look at the science behind the bit
Build on knowledge gained in the Certificate course.
This 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.
The Scientific Method
Introduces the basic principles of the ‘Scientific Method’, encouraging students to look more in depth at research papers, as well as introducing hypotheses and data analysis.
Classification of Bits
Find out more about using the operational and design aspects of the bit mouthpiece and cheek to a scheme for classifying.
Resolved Static Forces
A more in-depth look at the distribution of forces which act on the horse’s head and mouth from the reins and bit.
‘Rhythm of the Reins’ – look at data showing the riders rein signals and the frequency at which they are transferred to the horse. Have a go at figuring out how this data might be interpreted!
An in-depth look at the working angle; find out how to identify parts of the bit which are putting pressure onto the tongue and lips and look at the concept of bit rotation with regards to cheek type.
Building on knowledge gained in the Certificate 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.
Heather Hyde-Saddington, Neue Schule Founder
This course is assessed through two online short-answer exams and a Case Study.
Two online short answer exams.
Complete a case study using the knowledge and techniques gained to demonstrate learning.
The course is open for 8 weeks and will take approximately 40 hours to complete.