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    11-02-2011, 05:49 AM
Bit Problems, Mouth Sores

I have a 16hh 3yo ex-racehorse called Avon. Recently I have been having troubles with her bit. When I first had her (5 months ago) I rode her in a loose-ring plastic happy mouth with the rubber bit guards, and she was fine for about 2 months. I then changed her bridle (keeping the same bit but with no more rubber bit guards.) to one with a flash and a sore split in the corner of her mouth appeared.

I gave her some time off for it to heal, which it did and then bought a metal snaffle (no loose ring) in the same size, but within a month she had it again. I also used Vaseline in the area but didn't seem to help that much. I have now bought her a bigger size metal snaffle which I haven't tried yet.

My riding instructor tells me it is not my riding or her feed that is causing it but the bit.

I was wondering if anyone had any similar problem or had any advice? I would rather not have to ride in a bitless bridle.
Thanks, Beth
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    11-02-2011, 07:22 AM
Why did you take the bit guards off if they were working...? Also, if she was happy in a happymouth, why stick a metal bit in?
    11-02-2011, 07:45 AM
Why did you change the bit in 1st place? Any particular reason? What bit do you use now (pics)?

I'd suggest trying eggbutt - it's very smooth and shouldn't cause any pinching or rubbing in corner of the mouth (I got eggbutt/loose ring combo for my paint just recently, and my qh goes in eggbutt since day 1).
    11-02-2011, 07:47 AM
Are you sure you have it adjusted in his mouth properly - that it isn't too high?
    11-02-2011, 08:52 AM
I changed the happy mouth in the first place because it was cutting her mouth and rubbing and I thought the bit guards were rubbing her, I've adjusted her bridle several times and I'm sure it's fine but I was just wondering if that was because the bit was too small or would the flash be affecting it? Sorrh if I was unclear and thanks for te feedback:)
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    11-02-2011, 09:03 AM
Did she have an extended period of time off before you switched the bits? If so it could just be that the calasis on the conrers of her mouth have to redevelop, this can also be caused from removing the rubber guards.
The eggbutt is good advice too. You just have to take time with it and see. But to me it just sounds like she needs to develop her calasis again. When they run on the track theyre really only under saddle for like 30 - 45 mins a day. If even that
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    11-02-2011, 09:17 AM
Originally Posted by bethrosyrose    
I was just wondering if that was because the bit was too small or would the flash be affecting it?
Did you measure his mouth? And if so how did you do it? You usually want to go with bit bigger for loose rings (exactly to avoid pinching).

I'm not a big fan of Happy Mouth. I've seen it used and some horses chew it through in no time. Some don't though.
    11-02-2011, 10:03 AM
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Bit guards are not used in dressage, if that is what she is aiming for. I would make sure the bit is the correct width. Then I would make sure that the bridle is adjusted correctly so that the bit hangs correctly.
    11-02-2011, 01:53 PM
You tried a thinner diameter rubber (not plastic) bit?
    11-03-2011, 01:22 PM
Is the flash too tight or too low? I know they are used alot, but I always take them off all my dressage bridles!

Seems to me that if the horse is opening their mouth enough to 'need a flash' what they really need is a different bit or different training or different contact from the rider (or perhaps all of the above).

Take off the flash attachment from the noseband and see if those sores don't clear right up :)

Good luck with her!

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