One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a horse) carrying its head too high so that it evades correct contact with the bit.
- ‘Their horses often wind up above the bit; become pullers; develop a ewe-neck; a stiff, tight back; travel heavy on the forehand or any combination.’
- ‘Further in front of that point the horse will be above the bit, and the action of the reins will not be able to go through because of stiffness.’
- ‘The horse went above the bit means an absence of contact with the rider's hands, legs, and seat, also leading to loss of impulsion.’
- ‘He's above the bit, and your legs are a hair too far forward.’
- ‘This results in jerky movements, problems with rhythm, being behind or above the bit, general dissatisfaction or resistance.’
- ‘This is a harder evasion to correct than going above the bit.’
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