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post #1 of 3 Old 05-02-2010, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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Bit Help..?

When I first got my horse (4 months ago).. she let me put the bit into her mouth super easily. But a little while after, she started being resistent to letting the bit be put in her mouth. Her bit is a low port curb bit. Now, when I take off her halter to put on her bridle, she yawns and yawns alot! Like she is stretching her mouth to prepare for it or something. When the bit is in her mouth, there are about 3 or 4 wrinkles. I keep a fairly loose rein when riding her, and don't pull on her much.

Do you think the bit might be too high in her mouth?

I was also thinking, I am going to be entering in a couple gymkhanas this summer with my friend, and I was thinking it would be better to ride with a snaffle bit for barrel racing and stuff.

I am going to be showing in reining as well, and I will need to use that bit..

Any advice?

PS: When I made the length of the headstall longer, it seemed like the bit was hanging and not really doing its job, so I can't change the hole of the bridle.

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post #2 of 3 Old 05-02-2010, 09:32 AM
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The bit shouldn't be doing anything when it's just sitting in the horse's mouth. I don't like to go by wrinkles because every horse's mouth is conformed differently. Instead, after you have the bridle in her mouth, open her lips on the side gently and see where it's sitting. You want it close to the middle of the toothless space in her mouth, not too close to the back teeth.

You can check the tightness by standing in front of the horse and putting your hands between the bridle and her face on each side at the same time. You should be able to spread out 3-4 fingers horizontally between the bridle and her cheeks pretty easily.

Another thing that can effect bridling is teeth. If you have not had her teeth checked by your vet or an equine dentist since you have had her, I would schedule an appointment. Sharp edges on teeth can cause mouth discomfort, which the bit can make worse. If she has any wolf teeth, I'd have them pulled. Wolf teeth are very small teeth next to the rear molars.
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post #3 of 3 Old 05-02-2010, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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The bit shouldn't be doing anything when it's just sitting in the horse's mouth. I don't like to go by wrinkles because every horse's mouth is conformed differently. Instead, after you have the bridle in her mouth, open her lips on the side gently and see where it's sitting. You want it close to the middle of the toothless space in her mouth, not too close to the back teeth.

You can check the tightness by standing in front of the horse and putting your hands between the bridle and her face on each side at the same time. You should be able to spread out 3-4 fingers horizontally between the bridle and her cheeks pretty easily.

Another thing that can effect bridling is teeth. If you have not had her teeth checked by your vet or an equine dentist since you have had her, I would schedule an appointment. Sharp edges on teeth can cause mouth discomfort, which the bit can make worse. If she has any wolf teeth, I'd have them pulled. Wolf teeth are very small teeth next to the rear molars.
Thank you so much! That was super helpful! I will do those things you said and see how it is.
The teeth might be an issue. We have the vet scheduled to come do her teeth and her shots May 12th. The previous owners said she does have a problem with her teeth, and that is why she needs the vet to float them every year.
That could be whats causing the discomfort..

Thanks!

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