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Should the horse be foaming at the mouth?

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    09-18-2011, 09:51 PM
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Showing
Should the horse be foaming at the mouth?

Because of my very limited experience looking for some answers from those with lots of experience...

So... If horse is happy and relaxed in jaw (and round, forward, and on bit) should every horse foam a lot? Or it really depends on horse?
     
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    09-18-2011, 09:54 PM
  #2
Yearling
I think it depends on the horse. I've come across a few that foam a lot more than others.
     
    09-18-2011, 09:55 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Suppose it depends my horse doesn't tend to foam but one of our lesson horses foams a tooon
     
    09-18-2011, 10:25 PM
  #4
Banned
Foam? No. Drool a little? Sure. But more with "soft" metal bits like sweet iron.
     
    09-18-2011, 10:37 PM
  #5
Weanling
I've always been told that foam is good. Means they are soft and playing with bit.

I would think the answer is yes, they should have foam and preferably more than less. But I'm not sure.

Subbing, I'm interested in what answers you get.
     
    09-19-2011, 04:05 AM
  #6
Yearling
No idea but curious to hear
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    09-19-2011, 05:59 AM
  #7
Trained
In my experience a truly soft and responsive horse will have a small amount of foam on its lips. Monty foams enough for it to fleck his shoulders at canter every 4-5 strides. Heavy, dripping foam the likes of which you see on horses ridden with "bad dressage" is far too much. I have seen it tinged pink with blood before, but that was in a very extreme case.
     
    09-19-2011, 06:45 AM
  #8
Showing
I'm curious, because my qh foams quite a bit (not nearly dripping but you can really tell she does when I get off her and look at her mouth). Which means (and in fact feels when I ride her) that she's relaxed and accepting the bit (BTW, it took her long time before she started moving correctly and relaxed, and that's when foaming came in too). However my paint foams just very little (she does, you can tell too, but not nearly as much). She does feel relaxed though.
     
    09-19-2011, 07:59 AM
  #9
Trained
Some horses do foam more than others. I owned a pony that did not foam no matter what, but he had the best stop and turn on him, and beautiful head carriage. His mouth was always moist on the lips at the end of a ride but never foamy/white. Monty, on the other hand, foams enough that it does fleck his shoulders, but only at canter. Flecks are ok. Big drips that fall on the knees and chest not so much.
     
    09-19-2011, 08:41 AM
  #10
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by blue eyed pony    
Some horses do foam more than others. I owned a pony that did not foam no matter what, but he had the best stop and turn on him, and beautiful head carriage. His mouth was always moist on the lips at the end of a ride but never foamy/white. Monty, on the other hand, foams enough that it does fleck his shoulders, but only at canter. Flecks are ok. Big drips that fall on the knees and chest not so much.
Interesting... I guess it depends on horse a lot then.

Thanks, All!
     

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