Alright, I debated for a hot minute whether I even wanted to turn a recent experience of mine into a blog post…but, I didn’t create this blog to portray perfection. In fact, I created it for the exact opposite reason! Not only do I love sharing my adventures and beautiful scenery, I also like to share my “learning” experiences with others. There is nothing worse than feeling like the only horse owner dumb enough to make a goofy mistake. The truth is, we all make mistakes from time to time! Rather than keeping mine to myself, I like to share them so that others can learn from it. Regardless of experience, owning horses requires lifelong learning. Any horse owner that claims to know it all is full of [insert creative word here]. I have around nine years of riding experience and eight years of horse ownership experience…and I’M STILL LEARNING!
The other day I was scrolling through Facebook and stopped to read the comments on a bit related post. One horse trainer made the remark that someone had a bit on backwards, but she didn’t bother to correct this individual because that individual has a track record of not taking constructive criticism well. I remember thinking to myself, “How dumb does one have to be to put a bit on backwards? I didn’t even know it was possible!”
Out of curiosity, that night I took a good look at both of my western bridles. The bridle that I assembled myself (bit, headstall, reins, curb strap) was correct. When I took a closer look at the bridle I had bought with Cash, I realized that the bit was backwards! Turns out, whoever attached the bit to the headstall must not have realized that the shanks rotated 180 degrees and that the mouth pieces were curved the wrong way. I felt so dumb! While I may not have been the one to attach it incorrectly, I definitely did not catch the mistake! Check out the pictures I’ve included with this blog post. I drew some lines to point out how subtle the backwards pieces were.
To say this was a humbling experience is an understatement. I actually commented back to that trainer and thanked her for bringing up a good point. I would have never thought to check a bridle that was already assembled when I bought it. It goes to show that anyone can make mistakes. So, if you’re reading this and think I’m a complete idiot, you have every right to…AFTER you’ve walked out to your barn and checked every bit you own. Lol. I encourage you all to check your bits! Not only is it an incorrectly attached bit uncomfortable for your horse, it could potentially cause some behavior issues.
A mistake that makes you humble is better than an achievement that leaves you arrogant.
If you have ever had a similar experience with making a goofy mistake, please feel free to share in the comments! The horse community is full of plenty of judgement, but my blog is not. How can we all learn and grow if we aren’t able to recognize our mistakes for what they are? The important thing is not the mistake itself, but that you are willing to learn from others and take the necessary steps to become a better horseman for your equine partner.
So, go check your bit, sis!