Throwing or dropping bit - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 08-19-2010, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Parker County, Texas
Posts: 25
• Horses: 4
Throwing or dropping bit

My gelding has started to try and throw or drop the bit out of his mouth. I'm using a medium length shank, curb bit that I got when I bought the saddle and all of the tack. My horse was trained and well broke to ride when I got him but I have no idea what kind of mouthpiece the previous owner(s) used as the situation I got him from is a little unique.
He has never really liked the curb bit and always seemed to "fight" against it, no matter how "soft" I am with it. He neck reins very well, he just seems to be fighting the bit.
I am thinking of changing to a true snaffle and seeing how he works with it. I don't really think he needs the curb bit, his action seems to be that he is fighting only the bit, not what I am trying to get him to do.
Any suggestions?
Haulinbass02 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 08-19-2010, 10:12 PM
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 5,892
• Horses: 2
Try the snaffle. What is it going to hurt? Some horse just dont agree with a curb. Also, if you haven't already, get his teeth checked. My old horse started spitting and tossing his bit out at the end of rides because it was catching on a sharp tooth. It might help overall!
corinowalk is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 08-19-2010, 10:14 PM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Utah, USA
Posts: 425
• Horses: 2
The first thing that came to my mind was to have his teeth checked. It may be that he has sharp teeth and not be the bit at all, especially because of the fact that since you got this he has been doing this and you don't know what kind of situation he came from.

If his teeth are fine though, then I'm about sure its the bit. I always use snaffles and never have problems.
LoveMyDrummerBoy is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 08-19-2010, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Parker County, Texas
Posts: 25
• Horses: 4
That is something that he is in need of anyway! He didn't start this until recently and I have been meaning to get his teeth floated anyway. I'll try that first, but I think I am still going to try the snaffle as he never really seemed to agree with the curb.
Haulinbass02 is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 08-19-2010, 10:15 PM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Utah, USA
Posts: 425
• Horses: 2
CorinoWalk and I posted at the same time. I agree with her.

Sorry for the double post!
LoveMyDrummerBoy is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Not Dropping to Pee? AngelWithoutWings54 Horse Health 2 06-25-2010 03:46 PM
dropping feed chika1235 Horse Health 4 01-27-2010 10:26 PM
Dropping The Head In The Canter. ChingazMyBoy Horse Training 5 05-30-2009 09:21 PM
help keeps dropping his right shoulder! sonnysfirststar English Riding 6 03-29-2009 10:48 PM
Help with horse who is dropping his head heelsdown88 Horse Riding 7 04-22-2008 01:59 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome