The International College for Professional Bitfit Consultants focuses on educating horse professionals about the influence of the bit on the horses body and the other way around. Bits are fitted in the horse mouth with the aim of obtaining as much comfort for the horse as possible. The profession of Bitfit Consultants: is a fairly new profession for countries outside of the Netherlands.
What happens during a bit fitting session? In the same way as we are used to mobile saddle fitting services, where a saddle is customized to your horse an ICPBC Bitfit Consultant / Bitfitter is customizes your bridle and bit by looking at the whole picture: so the individual horse's mouth, the biomechanics of the horse, the rider etc with the aim to make the horse more comfortable. Severe contact problems mostly have multiple causes and an ICPBC bitfit consultant knows how to direct you to a veterinarian, dentist, physiotherapist etc, when needed, so the right people can work together to improve the connection to the bit.
The head of the horse and especially the structures attached to the horses tongue are much overlooked when it comes to the influence of the horse's posture and biomechanics. A well fitted bit can improve your horse's movement.
Bitfitting is just a small part of this course. We train you to become a professional in contact problems.
The founder of this program: Natascha van Eijk has been at the forefront of bitfitting in the Netherlands. Top class riders, who use a bitfit consultant, (see also Bitsymmetrie on Facebook) notice enormous differences in the performance of their horses. Hind legs that moved more freely under the body, better use of the body, more relaxation in the mouth. Hundreds of horses have been bitfitted by the founder and with more experience more puzzles were solved. Unique in her approach is the combination between bit fitting a horse and using her unique symmetry method (osteopathic manipulations, Jack Meagher massage, dry needling and cranio sacral therapy). The knowledge found in combining all these techniques and her experience is shared at the ICPBC.
The ICPBC is the only College where years of bitfitting knowledge is combined with the physical treatments of horses
The ICPBC teaches you about bitfitting from a whole body approach. A professional ICPBC bitfit consultant knows more than only the basics of the anatomy of the horse's mouth: the consultant also knows about the biomechanics of the horse, has relevant osteopathic and muscle therapy insights and knows the pro and cons of all sort of bits used in various disciplines. The entire course takes a year if you take it slow. But you can speed up your learning journey quite easy.
The full College program is for horse professionals only (read more about this in: for whom) but the online introduction to contact problems is for anybody that is interested.
You can read more about the online introduction here:
A lot of countries don't know the profession of ICPBC bitfit consulting yet. You see a lot of small courses telling some bit basics or selling a partial brand. The ICPBC is independ of any bit brand. We learn you how to acces all kinds of bit models so you can choose the best from any brand for the individual horse. But more than that we really dive in the anatomy and biomechanics of the horse to find solutions for the most complicated contact problems. Which of course are not all bit related, but a good fit will surely help.
The ICPBC is independent of any kind of bit brand and the horses welfare is what we want to improve
In 2019 the ICPBC started with an online program a pilot group that you can still enter till the end of this year, for more information please contact us. This online part gives the opportunity to learn at home at your own pace and either slow things down or speed things up. The online is combined with a 4/5 day module in the Netherlands or any other country where the course is given. This will be found under events.
Most of our events are for our students, but do have a look since some of them are for everyone interested.
It is always nice to hear what students have to say about the course. Use the link to see some of our International students.