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    01-10-2012, 06:54 PM
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Weanling
Bits: How do you judge if your horse "likes" it?

I'm just curious how other riders judge whether a horse "likes" or "doesn't like" a particular bit?
     
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    01-10-2012, 07:42 PM
  #2
Trained
That's easy, they chew, drool and then keep quiet & give to it.
     
    01-10-2012, 08:36 PM
  #3
Showing
Was easy with my qh. She constantly tried to run me into the fence on all bits she didn't like.
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    01-10-2012, 09:05 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
Was easy with my qh. She constantly tried to run me into the fence on all bits she didn't like.
*laughs*
     
    01-10-2012, 10:14 PM
  #5
Showing
^^ Lol! No kidding, wasn't pleasant experience, and I went through 5 or 7 bits (some quite pricey) before sticking to the one I'm using for the last 3 years. Yeah, she's one picky girl (she also doesn't like all saddle pads).
     
    01-10-2012, 10:28 PM
  #6
Showing
Waresbear basically said it all.. responsive, chewing, giving, not showing any signs of aggression or pain (throwing head, chomping/gritting on the bit) and not trying to kill you... :)

I know my horse hates his new bridle.. because he always tries to flick his head away from me when I try to put it on.. and while I'm doing up the throat latch and whatnot. But he works well in it, he's responsive and doesn't act like he's in pain. He just doesn't like when I put it on. Eventually I'll get him a custom made one.

But same deal with bits.. especially since the wrong bit can cause a LOT of damage.
     
    01-10-2012, 10:30 PM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
Was easy with my qh. She constantly tried to run me into the fence on all bits she didn't like.
Correction it wasn't easy to find a bit she LIKED it was easy to find one she DIDN'T.
     
    01-10-2012, 10:49 PM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
(she also doesn't like all saddle pads).
I'm almost afraid to ask what she does to indicate her dislike of a certain pad...
     
    01-10-2012, 10:55 PM
  #9
Weanling
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Originally Posted by waresbear    
That's easy, they chew, drool and then keep quiet & give to it.
I guess what I maybe should have asked was this: Most riders I know, myself included, own more than one bit. A horse might be comfortable with all of them and will show that by salivating, giving to the bit, and generally being responsive. However, I'm curious if horses prefer one bit over another the way people prefer different brands of athletic shoes or different types of toothbrushes. How do you judge which bit is your horse's favorite, if he/she has a favorite?
     
    01-10-2012, 11:21 PM
  #10
Showing
I have several bits that are basically the same but the mouths are shaped slightly different. I have found that my guy Dobe likes the one with the smaller port because he is more relaxed and responsive in that one. He is still a great horse in the others, there is just a hint of difference in his behavior that tells me he likes that one more than the others.
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