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post #1 of 7 Old 09-14-2013, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Mouth Sore :(

My Quarter Horse has a mouth sore from the bit (and yes, I am looking into buying a better bit for her so I don't have to put as much pressure on her) and I'm not sure what to put on it to make it heal quick. Could I use a human ointment to put on it? Please help! Also I was riding in a tom thumb bit, and and I am going on a trail ride tomorrow. Should I ride her with a halter and leadrope or with a full cheek snaffle bit? What do you think?
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-14-2013, 10:10 PM
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Sounds like you are yanking on her mouth and using too much contact. Many Tom Thumbs provide more control, but are generally worse in the wrong hands as with any bit.

Have you had her teeth checked? Why do you ride her in a TT if she can be ridden with just a halter and lead or even a snaffle?
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Are you sure the bit is not to small? You should not have to put that much pressure on his mouth if he works well with the bit. If not, then why do you have him a curb? You could also be the brand of bit you have. Some bits are well known by some brands to pinch horses mouths more then some.
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post #4 of 7 Old 09-15-2013, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, she had her teeth floated a couple months ago, and I can't ride her in a snaffle bit in western pleasure and equitation classes at shows. I also am thinking about getting a 5 and a quarter inch bit, because I heard that there should be a 1/4 inch of bit showing on either side of the horse's mouth. That true? The snaffle bit fits her great, but the tom thumb does seem like it pinches her. So 5.25 or 5.5 inch bit?
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post #5 of 7 Old 09-15-2013, 08:40 PM
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Don't put a bit in her mouth while she has sores in it. I can't imagine how much that would hurt.
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If you have a 5 and a qtr inch bit to try on for size that would be your best bet before going out and buying the wrong size, but yes, a pinching bit and too handsy of riding will do that to a horse. Try putting some vetricin or something of the like on it. Keep them clean.
Can we see some pics so I can get a better idea of what they look like?

For the trail ride use a halter or a hackamore. Actually, use that until the sores are completely healed. It's like a cold sore, the moment you move it around it will just open again, so keep the bit off until there's no more sores.

Hopefully a tad larger size will help but overall softer hands will be the real solution so that sores don't develop in the future. Good luck!
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-06-2013, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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Alright so a 5 and a quarter bit will work best instead a 5 and a half? And it is all better now. :)
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