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THE ANATOMY OF BITTING
Featuring Dave Elliott, Master Bitmaker, and Deb Bennett, Ph.D.
There is nothing else like this four-DVD set. Dr. Deb and Dave begin by showing you real horse skulls and simple models that make it clear exactly how bits interact with the tongue, lips, bars, jaw joints, poll, neck, and how they act to influence the horse's hindquarters for transitions or collection. There's a segment featuring Dave as he crafts a complex bit completely from scratch, from two lengths of barstock to polished product. Dave also demonstrates fancy-work with metal engraving, silver-carving, and studding. More than 20 different types of bits are shown and many of these are placed in the mouth of the same horse to demonstrate fit and adjustment. The program covers both leverage and non-leverage designs, "English" and "Western" bits.
The presentation is casual and conversa-tional, and the whole program is set up so that anyone can understand. Whether you're interested in barrel racing, dressage, western pleasure, trail riding, jumping, gaited horses, or just plain want to understand better how bits work, this is huge value.
The Building Blocks of Conformation
Taught by Dr. Deb Bennett, Ph.D.
We are bringing out this DVD program in coordination with Dr. Deb's "new" conformation analysis
column in Equus Magazine. This is the help on being able to "see" all the specific points that
so many horse owners have written in to ask for. The main lesson in this 4-DVD set is
"form to function" - how different body proportions help a horse to do athletic work.
Dr. Deb goes into detail concerning plusses to look for and problem areas to avoid in
making a purchase. You will find many pointers on how to tell what your horse might be
good at, so as to help you design the best training program for horses of different build.
Conformation is the study of body proportions, and the external appearance of the body is largely the result of proportions of the skeleton within. So that you can learn these relationships easily and directly, Dr. Deb works back and forth between her handsome gelding Oliver and an actual horse skeleton, guiding your study of the topline, underline, neck, shoulder, back, haunch, forelimbs, hindlimbs, and hooves. Biomechanical models and graphics expand understanding of joint function and hindlimb angles. This program features many of Dr. Debs innovations in horse conformation and biomechanics, including palpation points, how to calculate overall body balance, the importance of analytical planes in assessing the straightness of limbs, how much "bone" is enough, head-twirling, the three stages of collection, whole-body straightness, and the global effects of overall size and weight.
More than 25 years ago, Dr. Deb began impacting the horse industry by raising conformation study from mere fault-picking to systematic science. This DVD program brings together a lifetime of data-gathering and observation from one of the worlds premier conformation analyst - you will not want to miss it. Total run time: over 7.5 hrs.