This course is intended to introduce a qualitative understanding of the field of bits and bitting. After completing this course the student will have been introduced to the major principles of the subject. The emphasis is on design and operation of bits in the context of the head and mouth anatomy of the horse and the rider position. The student completing this course will be able to identify and rationally argue against many common misconceptions that can be found in the popular literature on the subject.

Enrolment fee for the course leading to Neue Schule certification* is £35 + VAT (as applicable).

For those wishing to use the course in a professional capacity we are now able to offer a Lantra certificate. The enrolment fee for the course leading to Lantra certification* is £100 + VAT (as applicable).

*Certificates are sent out upon successful completion of the course. Please see the student handbook for details.

This course is intended to introduce the physical principles of the bit and bitting. Unlike other treatments of the subject, this course will analyse bits from their operational perspective using simple mechanical models and backed up by experimental test data where possible. The student will become able to categorise bits in terms of their operational behaviour. The principles rely on a certain basic level of mathematical analysis. It is recommended that the open access course Mathematics and the Bit is studied for those who require support in this area.

Enrolment fee for the course leading to Neue Schule certification* is £70 + VAT (as applicable).

For those wishing to use the course in a professional capacity we are now able to offer a Lantra certificate. The enrolment fee for the course leading to Lantra certification* is £135 + VAT (as applicable).

*Certificates are sent out upon successful completion of the course. Please see the student handbook for details.

Those students successfully completing the Intermediate course are qualified to be enrolled in this professional level course. The subject matter covers the analysis of bitting situations using the methods learnt in the previous courses. In the first component of this course the student will carry out two Case Studies where they will analyse, in a fully quantitative manner, the key functional aspects of given bitting situations. The Case Studies are submitted for assessment by the course tutors. The second component of the course is project based. Students undertake the collection of experimental data and remark on the results obtained, applying appropriate quantitative  methods of uncertainty analysis. A written submission is assessed by the course tutors.


Course Fee: £120 + VAT (where applicable)