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post #11 of 21 Old 07-07-2011, 02:56 PM
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When I got my last horse it had been awhile and I was a bit unsure of myself while bridling him. It was a bit nerveracking and when I got him he was fine but because I was nervous I started to have trouble so I used a little molasses on the bit with a paint brush and it worked GREAT! After a short time I got my confidence back and never had a problem after that.
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post #12 of 21 Old 07-07-2011, 04:54 PM
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Have his teeth checked. If this was never a problem in the past but all of the sudden is now, I doubt it's a training issue and more so a medical issue. When was the last time he had his teeth floated?
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abbey I couldnt tell you when it was. I will get on that.
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post #14 of 21 Old 07-08-2011, 04:48 PM
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Check the fit of the bit and the bridle too. I noticed that my gelding's head had "shrunk" with the loss of his winter hair and the cutting of a bridle path, thus the bridle that once fit okay was suddenly hitting his wolf teeth. Nikki didn't become hard to bridle (he knows better), but he was less responsive to cues. A few burned holes in my bridle was all it took to fix the issue.

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post #15 of 21 Old 07-08-2011, 04:52 PM
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I agree that it could be a tooth issue. My gelding when I first bought him was biting all the time, to the point where he almost removed my left breast. (It was very bad and I will always have a blood clot in there now!) After I had the dentist out, he was a new horse and hasn't bit since. Though he has recently started nipping...but I think that has to do with him being moved to a new location with more horses and geldings to play with....(This is the current issue I am working on with him)
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post #16 of 21 Old 07-08-2011, 04:53 PM
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There is also something I believe is called lickety bit??? It's a spray to put on the bit.
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post #17 of 21 Old 07-08-2011, 05:48 PM
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You should't have to use any of those tricks, you need to teach the hors how to take the bit and open his mouth. My Mare will give refuse every once in a while by putting her head up, but I persist and she will take it. Or you could try to use a Hackamore.

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post #18 of 21 Old 07-08-2011, 05:54 PM
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You should't have to use any of those tricks, you need to teach the hors how to take the bit and open his mouth. My Mare will give refuse every once in a while by putting her head up, but I persist and she will take it. Or you could try to use a Hackamore.
Well, I appologize, for some reason I did not see the 2nd page and I now think it may be Teeth issue as well, if he was fine before.
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post #19 of 21 Old 07-08-2011, 06:32 PM
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Well, I appologize, for some reason I did not see the 2nd page and I now think it may be Teeth issue as well, if he was fine before.
Sorry
He wasn't fine before. She had to sneak the bit in with a treat. He's wise to that now & doesn't feel the treat is worth it. I agree with satrider, he needs to be trained to willingly take a bit without treats.
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post #20 of 21 Old 07-08-2011, 07:44 PM
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Here is the original post, where she does in fact state her horse did not have issues before.

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Hello horse lovers,
I have a problem. My horse has never had any issues with putting the bit in. I have to use treats to get him to open his mouth. He is a quarter horse gelding.
He also had never bitten anyone until I was tacking him up one day and my assitant walked under his head and bit her. I figured it was because I was doing his girth, however he has never had any of these problems.

I started thinking about using bit wraps but I have doubts because those can easily get caught in their throught. He is a beautiful boy and I would never want to hurt him.
"I have to use treats to get him to open his mouth" - have, not had, meaning she has to do so now, not before.

This is why I believe it's a dental issue, not training. Even biting while she's tacking up - could be back pain, muscle soreness, dental related, stomach ulcers. A vet or chiropractor will have to come out to be sure. If all health related issues are ruled out, then I would begin different training approaches.
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