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  • Bit marks horses mouth in corners
  • Will bit guards help from getting sores on my horses mouth

 
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    03-31-2008, 07:08 AM
  #1
Showing
Sore from bit

I'm not sure what section it should go, so I placed it in two.

It's really hard to explain, but I'll try... :)
I use german silver french eggbutt on my horse. I noticed recently that somehow one side of mouth (left) gets very wet. Not quite mouth, but skin right behind the mouth. Looks like it's get wet and bit kinda rubbing it. No sores as of yet, and I cleaned the skin with the wet napkin afterwards and put some vet cream, but it concerns me. Is it normal? Should I do something to prevent it?
     
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    03-31-2008, 12:13 PM
  #2
Foal
I got a new bit, one very similar to this-
You know, with the rings at the corners of her mouth. I used it for a while, then I started to get wet spots in the corners of her mouth, same as you're talking about. (I'ts not because of pulling on the reins or anything, she was just three and has a sensitive mouth, I would never need to use any pull) I thought about it and figured maybe it was just that kind of bit making some saliva travel to the corners like that, so we rode with it for a while, maybe another week, and then I took off her bridle one day and there was a little blood mixed with the saliva. I felt so bad. But it was that type of bit just rubbing a little on the corners of her mouth until they got more and more tender.[/url]
     
    03-31-2008, 12:18 PM
  #3
Showing
Thanks! Have you tried different bits? I have the gentlest possible and I don't pull as well, but I think any bit will have rings and cause this issue. She's extra sensitive all over her body anyway. I may think about switching to bitless, but she really hates pulling on her nose. :(
     
    04-02-2008, 04:54 AM
  #4
Weanling
Would rubber bit gaurds help?
     
    04-02-2008, 06:32 AM
  #5
Showing
I never tried rubber guards. From what I've seen on other horses those rubber things gets really wet themself (correct me if I'm wrong here).
     
    04-02-2008, 06:50 AM
  #6
Weanling
Im not sure iv never used them myself but I think they would help the bit from rubbing agaisnt her mouth where it is wet
     
    04-02-2008, 04:23 PM
  #7
Foal
Rubber bit guards would help, that is what they are for. They might get wet, but it just from saliva. If you had a rubber thing against the side of your mouth it would make you drool a little too! Lol. They sound like that would help.
     
    04-03-2008, 10:02 AM
  #8
Foal
No prob!
This bit I use now is just a simple loose ring snaffle with three inch rings( I just like the way a 3 inch ring looks on her face), and it's always served me and Velvet) well. Just make sure where the bit is attached to the ring that it fits smooth, without a big gap. If the ring is too loose it'll make a tiny (but painful) pinch at the corners of your horse's mouth.
     

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