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post #21 of 24 Old 04-27-2010, 10:16 PM
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If the bit is adjusted properly, it should not sit on any of the teeth. It should be adjusted somewhere in the area between the molars and the wolf teeth. It is possible that one of her teeth might be sore or they are growing in a weird place but I have never had the wolf teeth pulled on a horse and I have never had a problem with bitting any of them.

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post #22 of 24 Old 04-27-2010, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Rookie is like Rosie in that he drops his head and willingly accepts the bit. He doesn't do any head shaking while being ridden either. It's just the biting at the air to each side while in his stall and in the paddock at times. Well, that and constantly chomping on the bit. The chomping I can deal with though. I think if the bit were actually hurting, that he would be at the very least shaking the head. Other than the normal Walking horse head shake in the gait, that is.

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If the bit is adjusted properly, it should not sit on any of the teeth. It should be adjusted somewhere in the area between the molars and the wolf teeth. It is possible that one of her teeth might be sore or they are growing in a weird place but I have never had the wolf teeth pulled on a horse and I have never had a problem with bitting any of them.
In my experience [which is only Gracie], to position the bit "properly" puts it on the wolf teeth. She has one small wrinkle in the corner of her mouth. If the bit were placed lower, it would become much less effective. That, and my vet told me it needed to come out if I wanted to put a bit in her mouth. I think it also has to do with cheeks rubbing on it? Maybe? O_O

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post #24 of 24 Old 04-28-2010, 02:19 AM
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^ The bit rests on top of or right below the wolf teeth, that's when it causes problems.
Just a quick note...The bit sits in the bar of the mouth (behind the canines and in front of the premolars. If you have your bit set too far back, then it can sit right under the wolf teeth or on the premolars which is shouldn't. Usually when wolf teeth cause issues, it's because when we pull on the bit, it draws the sensitive cheek tissue into the pointed wolf tooth, not the actual bit contacting the wolf tooth. Some smaller wolf teeth are not well anchored into the alveolar bone and thus will move in the gingival tissue which can be very sensitive. Some of these may also be completely cover by gingival tissue and are referred to as "blind wolf teeth", which I find do cause more of an issue. Some wolf teeth do sit well forward of the premolar and may directly interfere with a bit, however, this is much more uncommon. Some wolf teeth are very large, well seated into the bone, and are more like an extranumery premolar. These generally do not cause any issues.
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