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on the bit (or bridle)

Definition of on the bit or bridle in English:

(Of a horse) ridden with a light but firm contact on the mouth.
Example sentences
  • It takes a lot of practice, but eventually you'll be able to advance to a faster trot and even a canter and still keep your horse on the bit without getting into a pulling match.
  • Barry Geraghty, on Kicking King, had been cruising in behind the lead from the off, and he was still on the bridle as he cantered clear going to the home turn.
  • ‘My horse left the gate and was on the bit,’ Berry said.
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