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  • Bruising of a horse's mouth
  • Fitting a bit in a horse mouth

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    08-21-2011, 03:50 PM
Pictures! They are not the best though, it is hard to man-handle a 4 year old by yourself to get pictures of his mouth. But they do show the bruising. As you can kind of see in one picture, the palate itself is not bruised. The area spans about 3 "creases" of his gum. I think this is from him chewing the bit and we had tried adjusting the bridle length to see if it alleviated it at all.

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    08-22-2011, 12:11 PM
Any thoughts.....
    08-22-2011, 12:16 PM
All I'm seeing in the pictures is discoloration. Is that what you mean? Are you positive it's bruising from the bit, and not just his natural pigmentation? I guess I haven't spent a whole lot of time peering down my horses' throats to see if they have solid pink or multicolored palates before.
    08-22-2011, 12:20 PM
I have thought about that....but I was not sure. I just seems strange to me the location and it is on both sides but does not extend up to the rood of his mouth.
    08-23-2011, 02:43 PM
Any soreness from the bit will appear just in front of the molars if the bit is seated correctly. It may be on both upper and lower or just the lower. In any case a thinner mouthpiece is likely in order.

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