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    02-11-2012, 01:42 AM
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Yearling
Bit Pinching My Horse's Mouth?

My horse has recently started tossing his head when I apply pressure to the bit. I checked all his tack and it fits well and is in good condition, the only thing I can think of is that I just got a new bit, its the same bit I had him in before just a new one. I tested it while on the ground and I don't see any pinching, but since he doesn't neck rein the greatest anymore (was a barrel horse then underwent intensive english training) so I direct rein and I think what is happening is the bit is getting slightly pulled through his mouth and then I pull the rein and it pinches him. That's the only thing I can think of? Am I crazy lol
I ride him english and western, and he only does it when I ride him western.
Here is a link to the bit:
337-Reinsman Molly Powell Series "The Rookie"

Should I try bit guards?
     
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    02-11-2012, 01:47 AM
  #2
Trained
Have you checked his teeth, too?

On that note, have you always had him in a chain mouthpiece? I find that with those chain bits, horses either love them or hate them. When they love them, they REALLY love them. However, the ones that hate them, REALLY hate them.
     
    02-11-2012, 01:55 AM
  #3
Yearling
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
Have you checked his teeth, too?

On that note, have you always had him in a chain mouthpiece? I find that with those chain bits, horses either love them or hate them. When they love them, they REALLY love them. However, the ones that hate them, REALLY hate them.
His teeth were done last month, and I did take a look and nothing seems to be off with his teeth...maybe a check by a vet is in order. And to answer your question: Yes, and he LOVES it. I have never seen him so happy to work, ready to go, and bends amazingly in it, and so soft in it. He is so willing to work in this bit usually which is why this is bugging me.
     
    02-11-2012, 01:58 AM
  #4
Banned
I would not use that bit, but if you are not wanting to change and he works well in it then, yes, I would def recommend bit guards.

I also 2nd sorrelhorse's comment about having his teeth checked.

Edit: you posted before I hit submit.

Having a vet come out and checking out his mouth would certainty not hurt anything.
     
    02-11-2012, 02:03 AM
  #5
Yearling
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Originally Posted by sierrams1123    
I would not use that bit, but if you are not wanting to change and he works well in it then, yes, I would def recommend bit guards.

I also 2nd sorrelhorse's comment about having his teeth checked.

Edit: you posted before I hit submit.

Having a vet come out and checking out his mouth would certainty not hurt anything.
What would make you say you wouldn't use it? Of what I've been told and seen, its a fairly mild bit that offers a little leverage and encourages a soft mouth. If there's something better I would probably give it a try.
     
    02-11-2012, 02:05 AM
  #6
Trained
That's great that he likes it. It's very hit and miss with chain bits. A lot of people don't go to them because a) They don't know how they actually work, b) they think it "looks harsh" c) Its outside the status quo to use one or d) their horses do not like them. Or at least, that's what I notice from being around a bit at the barn and talking at the races. I have no problem using one if that's what the horse wants. However I have only run into a couple horses at the barn who actually go well in one. Others find it to have a strange feeling and a strange action. My mare now doesn't like it; She will only tolerate a lifesaver mouthpiece.

Having the vet out couldn't hurt. But after you rule out that, then perhaps it's just because he is feeling fresh.
     
    02-11-2012, 02:06 AM
  #7
Banned
Ha this bit in question is no where near light, but it is also not one of the harsher ones out there.

I would recommend the Jr Cow horse, it is one of my current favorites. Of course if I could wave my magical wand every horse would be able to be ridden in a snaffle just because I love a good old snaffle :)
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    02-11-2012, 02:14 AM
  #8
Trained
Sierra I would love it if you would wave that magic wand at Bailey. ;D She hates most leverage bits but is pretty hot when we get speed and that's where we hit problems with our snaffle. Still bit experimenting.
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    02-11-2012, 02:19 AM
  #9
Banned
Sorrelhorse have you tried a a sliding gag bit with her?
     
    02-11-2012, 02:37 AM
  #10
Trained
Yeah we have. I'm going to meet up with a friend of mine (-cough-bithoarder-coughcough-) and just try a bunch of bits on her that she has before buying a new one. Already tried everything I have on her. I was hoping she could stay in the snaffle but after that last race I think she made it apparant that she can't. Lol
     

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