From Endurance to Dressage
You all know how much I enjoy learning about bits. I've written about this a ton already, especially as it relates to finding a bit that works for Izzy. Once I finally realized that Izzy can't/won't do tongue pressure, it was simply a matter of finding a bit that gave him the tongue relief he needed while still giving me control.
The Myler Bitting System proved to be the right system for Izzy, and Speedy too. Their book has been an invaluable resource, and one I recommend everyone should have.
A few days ago, a friend, who knows how into bits I am, shared this informative website with me about bits and bitting. While I am pretty stuck on the Myler Bitting System, I figured it couldn't hurt to see what these folks had to say.
Gavin Chaplin, the website host, has put together "a website to provide information and tutorials on all things equine!" The part that I checked out was the video tutorials with Bomber Nel, a bit specialist originally from South Africa.
It's easy to recognize a good philosophy when you see it echoed by different experts. Bomber Nel and the Mylers are singing the same song. "Bomber's" philosophy is this: Pressure = Resistance. And Resistance = Lack of Control.
With that philosophy in mind, Bomber has created a line of bits very similar to what the Mylers have developed. When designing his bits, he addresses every possible resistance a horse might have by changing the mouth pieces to accommodate each horse's preference.
Gavin Chaplin's website, GavSays.com, has a series of videos featuring Bomber, but this one was my favorite. Check it out.
About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at Second Level. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
National Rider Awards
State Rider Awards
State Horse Awards
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2021 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2021 Pending …
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
2021 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2nd Level Qualifying
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 60.610% Bhathal
2nd Level Qualifying
5 Scores/4 Judges/61%:
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