Application of a bit in the horse's mouth can lead to unintended consequences. So, when fitting a bit we have to consider the shape of the bit in relation to the shape of the mouth as well as the areas that the bit puts pressure on and, finally, the response of the horse to the bit. All elements warrant careful examination but in this article we will only consider the lips and cheeks in relation to the teeth.
Shape and Function
When people find out that their horses’ teeth need to be filed, they cringe at the thought of it. We humans are fortunate not to require that type of treatment, as we have brachyodont teeth, which erupt and remain relatively static. We still however, require regular maintenance to keep our teeth healthy.