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Bit maker Dave Elliot hosts horse talk


April 16, 2014

Eric Seidle

Dave Elliott talks with the Montana State University-Northern rodeo team Friday evening during a horse anatomy and bit clinic.

Dave Elliott visited the Hensler Auditorium at Montana State University-Northern Thursday to share his extensive knowledge of horses and their gear.

The clinic had a strong emphasis on bits, the portion of the horse’s tack that goes in the horse’s mouth, and the importance of correct usage. He also spoke at length about equine anatomy — specifically its mouth, skull, neck, nervous system and connective tissues — and how to make sure the horse is taken care of.

Well-known in the horse training industry, Elliott is a master bit and spur maker from Alberta and often presents clinics...

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