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post #1 of 14 Old 11-18-2011, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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If you thought bitless was "painless"

Okay I saw this on FB here: Wall Photos | Facebook

Posted by an Equine Vet/Dentist. I NEVER would have thought anything like this could be possible without a bit. It really shows how important dental care is for your horse.

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These are the sort of ulcerations that can be caused by riding in a bitless bridle ( hackemore ) with sharp teeth ! Just because you don't have a bit in the mouth does not mean the pressure from the bridle pressing the cheeks on to the teeth is not doing damage.

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post #2 of 14 Old 11-18-2011, 12:14 AM
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post #3 of 14 Old 11-18-2011, 12:21 AM
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but, but, but, bitless is supposed to be amazing, and we are cruel for using bits?
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post #4 of 14 Old 11-18-2011, 12:35 AM
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The same thing can occur with a nose band too tight on a bitted bridle, with a horse that has hooks on his teeth. Some of the figure eight nose bands are said to be better at not pressing right where the teeth are.
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post #5 of 14 Old 11-18-2011, 03:30 AM
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I'm not against either!
I don't like when people say 'ride bitless, the horse is more comfortable' .. I'm sure the horse would be more comfortable if it lived in a field and ate grass all day!

Its basic horse care to get their teeth checked, and in bitless or bitted bridles ulcers from sharp teeth aren't the only damage you can do.
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post #6 of 14 Old 11-18-2011, 08:01 AM
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I too think the real question in this picture is "how important it is to take care of the teeth"...
These theeth would had hurt with a bit too...

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post #7 of 14 Old 11-18-2011, 08:08 AM
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Totally agree with Dame Nuit. This can happen while the horse is eating if the teeth aren't looked after.
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post #8 of 14 Old 11-18-2011, 10:13 AM
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I'd have to agree that this has less to do with what type of bit is used or isn't used and it's more about getting proper care for your horse.
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post #9 of 14 Old 11-18-2011, 10:35 AM
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post #10 of 14 Old 11-18-2011, 10:45 AM
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Thanks for sharing, poor horse. Those sores are really bad. I've seen minor ones, never that bad.
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