Definition of behind the bit in English:

behind the bit


  • (of a horse) carrying its head with the chin tucked in so that it evades contact with the bit.

    • ‘It would also be a mistake to let the horse lag behind the bit; the trainer must, therefore, create and maintain the proper tempo and rhythm.’
    • ‘Such riders should be able to get a colt to yield without gimmicks because there is always danger of getting a horse behind the bit through their use.’
    • ‘When the horse comes too low and behind the bit, there must be something else going on at the same time.’