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    06-24-2012, 02:24 AM
Question chewwing

I'v had my horse for almost a year now and I ride her all the time but lately she has been throwing her head around and chewing the bit. What do I do?
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    06-24-2012, 02:25 AM
When was the last time her teeth were floated?

Can you provide more information?
    06-24-2012, 02:35 AM
I don't know. She was born at a race track and then sold to a girl when she was young. So probably not for a coupke of years.
She is fine for the first half an hour but them she starts chewing. She only 5 years old. She's done it ever since we got her.
    06-24-2012, 02:38 AM
Well I would get a vet to check her teeth as horses usually get them done an average 1-2 years, some more some less but it's probably causing some discomfort for her with or without the bit.
    06-24-2012, 02:56 AM
Do horses chew on the bit when they are board
    06-24-2012, 03:54 AM
I agree with the others about getting the teath done, head tossing can be a sign of discomfort, when was your saddle fitted last?
    06-24-2012, 04:17 AM
When my mum takes her for trail rides she says she doesnt chew the bit but it only happens when she's in the padock.
Im saving up for a new saddle so when I have enough money ill do it then.
    06-24-2012, 05:41 AM
Horses can chew the bit for reasons other than teeth problems, but from what I've seen, it's more of a meditative chomping, not a chewing and head-tossing. I have to get my horse's teeth floated more than once per year, and the "sign" that he gives me that it's time for the dentist is that he gets mouthy and starts messing with the bit.

I'd get the dentist out to check her teeth and float them (which almost certainly needs to be done, given what you said above, whether or not this is what is causing the head-tossing, etc.) before exploring alternative explanations for the behavior.

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