In January I adopted a 16 year old arabian gelding. He has had issues in his past that make him very sensitive about bits (and saddles, but that problem is finally solved!). He had a mouth injury due to a bit when he was younger. He also has a low pallet and a small mouth in general.
Every time I try a bit, regardless of the type (I have run the gamut from sweet iron snaffles to the TTouch training bit, to a low ported curb...you name it I have probably tried it) and he just does NOT like them. It is a huge ordeal/struggle to get him to even take a bit, and once he has it in his mouth, he obsesses about it. He chomps, chews, drops his head and pulls, etc. It is very annoying and he cant' focus on anything else, even when lunging/riding.
I am working with a saddle fitter...she wants to try a kimberwick next. She also dropped off a hackamore to try (mechanical).
My horse's previous owner said he's always had bit issues, and she used a Billy Allen on him (I tried one). She offered to sell it to me but I haven't heard from her in a few weeks now.
I am extremely frustrated with the situation.
I am considering trying him in a bitless bridle or the hackamore.
Does anyone else have a similar situation with their horse?
His previous owner thinks a bitless bridle is a bad idea because "He needs brakes."
The few times I've been able to ride him (since I found him a perfectly fitting saddle...which was another ordeal) he was fine and gentle, just absolutely obsessed with the bit.
Thanks so much for any help!!