Monday, 20 June 2011


Recently in a discussion about bits at a Pony Club clinic, I encouraged the teen riders to think critically. There’s a lot of opinion out there that we eat up as fact. In a later blog, I’ll talk about some of the bit- myths out there in contrast with the excellent research that’s been done lately on the equine mouth.

I love to learn. But I sort through all the theories gathered in reading, on the internet and in encounters with professionals and ordinary folk by sifting it through the grid of truth. Have I considered opposing views? Is there repeatable evidence to back up this opinion? What long standing reputation is behind the opinion? (Their track record of success). What do the respected researchers say on the subject? What does common sense say? What does my own experience tell me? Do I have enough experience in this area to trust my own convictions?

Is that really true? I urged the teens to ask this about all the claims they hear every day – from music, magazines and other media.

The Bible comments on this age old issue…

Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won't be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Ephesians 4:14

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