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post #1 of 29 Old 10-25-2010, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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Bit Issue?

I am a new member to the world of horses and I'm having some issues with a bit that I have for my horse. Before we adopted Quinn from a rescue we asked them what kind of bit we should use on him. They said that they used a snaffle on him. We got a snaffle and my horse is now playing with it with his tounge. I'm not sure if it's due to his age (10 yrs.) or if it is due to the wrong kind of bit. Is there anything I can do to figure out what the problem is?
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post #2 of 29 Old 10-25-2010, 12:42 AM
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Can you post a picture of the bit you're using in and out of your horse's mouth? That should help the forum help you.

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Your horse might be mouthing the bit because it is either hanging too low, or is up too high and it is gagging him.
Do post some pictures of him wearing it and the bit itself.
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post #5 of 29 Old 10-25-2010, 03:24 AM
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There's lots of different types of snaffles. If yours has a copper mouthpiece, it could cause him to chew more. If it has a roller, that could also be a factor. If it's adjusted too loosely, he could be trying to get his tongue over it (or he already got his tongue over it and is now trying to get it back). I agree with Aspin; try to give us a picture of the type of bit you're using, or a good description. If you're not sure of the type, do any of these look like what you're using?

D ring, Loose ring, and Eggbutt snaffles


Full cheek snaffle

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post #6 of 29 Old 10-25-2010, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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There's lots of different types of snaffles. If yours has a copper mouthpiece, it could cause him to chew more. If it has a roller, that could also be a factor. If it's adjusted too loosely, he could be trying to get his tongue over it (or he already got his tongue over it and is now trying to get it back). I agree with Aspin; try to give us a picture of the type of bit you're using, or a good description. If you're not sure of the type, do any of these look like what you're using?

D ring, Loose ring, and Eggbutt snaffles


Full cheek snaffle
I have to rush through this reply because I'm in class on a labtop but the bit we have looks a lot like the full cheek snaffle. It has a roller just like that one. I'm not sure if the rings are the same but it is similar to the full cheek snaffle.
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post #7 of 29 Old 10-27-2010, 02:07 AM
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I have to rush through this reply because I'm in class on a labtop but the bit we have looks a lot like the full cheek snaffle. It has a roller just like that one. I'm not sure if the rings are the same but it is similar to the full cheek snaffle.
The full cheek snaffle posted didn't have a roller on it. This bit (Google Image Result for http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/PetsUnited/TSLT900227_104810) has a roller; it's the little copper part in the center. A roller isn't always copper, I just chose a pic of one that is so it's easier to distinguish.

Could you just post a pic of your bit, in and out of your horse's mouth? I think that would help us the most here.

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post #8 of 29 Old 10-27-2010, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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I've just joined Photobucket so I'm going to paste a picture of the bit. Ok so here is the bit I'm talking about. I was told that this is a snaffle bit. I apologize for any confusion I caused. It would have been more simple if I would have joined Photobucket sooner. I will post a picture of Quinn wearing this bit next time I visit him.

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That isn't a full cheek snaffle, the bit you posted has leverage. If he is used to going in a snaffle with a 1:1 pressure ratio this one will feel pretty diffeent to him, as it intensifies the amount of pressure he feels, and could be quite harsh in the wrong hands.

Have you thought about riding bitless?

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post #10 of 29 Old 10-27-2010, 07:00 PM
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That's a single jointed curb. A snaffle doesn't have any leverage, but a curb can be jointed or not.
Did the rescue say he used a snaffle or a a jointed curb?
Is there anyone around you with a little more experience that can evaluate the horse and perhaps ride and try and help determine the problem? Like, does it happen with another rider? Is the bit hanging perhaps too low or high? Or is the horse maybe just not comfortable with the amount of contact your using....
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