Bit Seat: good or bad?

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    05-14-2012, 12:07 PM
Question Bit Seat: good or bad?

The horse dentist is coming to the barn in a month or so. I was talking to the barn owner about it and he mentioned that this dentist always installs a bit seat.

My instinctive reaction was, "no horse of mine will be given a bit seat!" I seem to recall reading that, despite all of the benefits they tout, bit seats can cause problems as the horse ages and the teeth change. What ever it was that I read, I seem to have the impression that bit seats are actually a pretty bad thing and should be avoided if possible.

I'm a little busy with finals right now so I don't have much time to research. I googled it for a while but I could only find praise and definitions. So, I thought I should just ask the horse forum!

Should my horse have a bit seat installed or should I insist that she stays the way she is? Diamond doesn't even use a bit right now because it had been bumping against what I suspect are newly emerged canines. We've been going just fine in a bitless but will probably use a bit more once she's seen the dentist. Now that I've learned that this guy would install one without mentioning it, I'm not even positive that the last dentist hadn't done it already and just never told me. Boy, having a horse is so much responsibility!

Yay or nay? (Also, if you have any links to nice articles it would be much appreciated.)
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    05-14-2012, 12:31 PM
As far as I know, Sky does not and has not ever had a bit seat.. and he does fine. Course he is 11, and well used to having a bit in his mouth.

I'm going to bed on this one; hopefully others respond and I learn something
    05-14-2012, 05:13 PM
I wouldn't allow it for a few reasons. It's one thing to remove any points but to change the shape of the tooth itself is over kill. If it is done too aggressively & exposes the pulp there is no turning back unless a cap is applied (expensive) & it hurts.

If the bit is hitting the premolars at all something is wrong with the bit placement or size or the rider is pulling like crazy on a snaffle, usually.

I've never had it done on any horse & I've had many horses live well into their 30's without a problem.

Maybe some horses need it but to do it as a general practice seems wrong to me.
    05-14-2012, 07:45 PM
I would also prefer that the dentist doesn't put bit seats in. I just do not see any good reason for changing the shape of my horses teeth when there is NO problem to begin with. The last two equine dentists I had out asked and I declined. Horses have ridden for countless years without their teeth rounded out to make "a bit seat" is my opinion :)
    05-14-2012, 11:22 PM
I have my equine dentist put in bit-seats. They are mild and no pulp or roots are exposed.
If it makes the bit sit more comfortably in his mouth, then why not?
Different strokes, I 'spose.

Oh, and as for articles, this was the very first result on my google search. I haven't even read the whole thing yet so I'm not swearing by any of the information. Just thought I'd share some ideas.
    05-16-2012, 04:11 PM
Thank you so much for your opinions everybody. Man, I love this forum!

If the bit is hitting the premolars at all something is wrong with the bit placement or size or the rider is pulling like crazy on a snaffle, usually.
That really put it into perspective for me, natisha. I had been kind of wondering why the bit would hit those molars in the first place. I certainly wouldn't want to permanently change my horse's mouth to accommodate a problem that is potentially caused by bad tack/handling.

If Diamond ever does need a bit seat I can always have one installed, but for now I can make the informed decision to keep pony's mouth intact. It's nice to know that your horses don't have a problem with the bit seats arrowsaway. It seems like they're more benign than I had first assumed. Thanks everyone :)

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