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    03-22-2013, 09:49 AM
Taking the Bit

The last few days my gelding has been refusing to take the bit. It wasn't that noticeable at first, then the next day just hard to get it in, and yesterday he wouldn't let me and I had my friend help. He has never had a problem with it before. I make sure not to hit his teeth, I clean the bit before every time I ride, and I had the vet check his teeth. I have been trying different bits on him, but my trainer checked and they all fit. Under saddle, he feels more relaxed in the bits im using now. And im not going stronger with the bit Im actually going lighter. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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    03-22-2013, 11:51 PM
When you put the bit in, do you put a finger on his bottom gum to get him to open his mouth? If not, try that. And I had a horse that wouldn't take a bit and this lady showed me when I was little (had a super stubborn pony) that if you put a little honey on the bit he might take it because he like the taste. That worked for me.
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    03-23-2013, 12:00 AM
I do that to open his mouth then guide the bit in. The whipes I use before I ride and mint flavor and when I'm cleaning I off my horse tries to eat the whipes.
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    03-23-2013, 12:04 AM
So maybe then maybe try the honey. It may work for you.
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bit, problem

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