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post #1 of 2 Old 09-20-2010, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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bit in mouth

i am sorry if this has been asked before, but with dial up it takes me forever to search, so....
i am sure i learned this before, can't recall when. but how do i know if my bit is too deep or loose in my horses mouth?
new horse and old bit, put on yesterday and she didn't seem happy, she is a much bigger horse and i was totally lost on where the bit should sit, thanks for any help
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post #2 of 2 Old 09-20-2010, 08:43 PM
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As a general rule to start with, place the bit high enough so that a couple of wrinkles form behind the bit. Check to make sure that it is not hitting any teeth and go from there. Some horses prefer it higher or looser and some will take advantage of a bit too low. The bit should sit straight across and not extend more than 1/4" either side of the mouth, but definitely not be any narrower at all than the width of the mouth either.

At least, that's how I do it.
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