With regular reports in the equestrian media of horses transformed by the change of a bit, and how a particular top name in the sport has successfully converted a horse to a new type, the equestrian world will welcome this thorough work by respected expert Elwyn Hartley Edwards. The author give details of every known bit in the world, with photographs and working diagrams to show how each group works. Covering everything from the simple snaffle to the Western bosal, it is totally international in content and approach. Elwyn provides a fascinating insight into the history of the bit and explores the latest developments in design and manufacture, with details of subsidiary tackle and bitting for different sports and activities.
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Elwyn Hartley Edwards is one of the most distinguished writers of the past twenty-five years, with some thirty authoritative books to his credit. A practical horseman of long and varied experience, he is an expert on equine conformation and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of horse and pony breeds. He teaches and lectures regularly all over the world, and is acknowledged as an international authority on saddlery and bitting. He was editor of Riding magazine for eighteen years, and then for five years consultant editor of Horse & Hound. He received the BHS Award of Merit in 1993. Elwyn lives near Pwllheli, North Wales.From Booklist:
More advanced aspects of horsemanship and horse care are explored in this new book. The bit--that part of a horse's bridle that fits into the mouth--is an essential part of the equipment used to control a horse. Beginning with a history of bits and bitting theory, well-illustrated with photos of period illustrated pottery, friezes, and etchings, the text moves on to discuss the principles and mechanics of the bit and its relation to the other riding aids. The meat of the book is its descriptions of the various bits, starting from the simple snaffle and all of its derivatives through double bridles, pelhams, and bitless bridles. This beautifully illustrated book may seem esoteric, but it is full of practical advice and will be a welcome addition to libraries well frequented by horsey folk. Nancy Bent
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Book Description David & Charles Publishers, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110715311638
Book Description David & Charles Publishers. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0715311638 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0362263