Preview: The Simple Mechanics Of The Bit with Russell Yates
Russell Yates is one of the nation’s and our industry’s most accomplished bit and spur makers. In this great two part series, he explains the simple mechanics and physics of the bit. He and very talented horse trainer, Wes Ashlock, talk about palate pressure, shank length and the importance of understanding the purchase length on the bit. Russell has developed a reputation for incorporating both the Californian and Texan style of bit making into his bits and spurs.
Russell first explains the difference between the Californian and Texan style of bits and where the signal begins for the horse long before the mouth piece moves. One of our industry's most talented young trainers, Wes Ashlock, shows you what bridles he uses and he explains why.
Russell explains what changing the curb of the shank does to the pivot point. He also explains the trends that he is seeing today with regards to tongue relief and the width of the ports. Russell's goal is simple, "build a bit with common sense and that's comfortable to the horse."