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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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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.