Our OTTB that we are retraining chomps at his bit no matter what is in his mouth. His teeth have been checked and everything. It is the weirdest thing. Not only can he not keep his mouth closed, he will actually put his head in the air and sideways, open his mouth, and move his jaw around. CONSTANTLY. He does it even when I am not trying to get contact. When I try to get contact, there is barely any pressure on the reins, and I keep my outside rein steady and kind of lightly wiggle my inside rein while pushing him a little forward. When he gives, I release the inside rein slightly and stop wiggling the rein. He will not keep contact, though and just plays plays plays with the bit. I have tried a d ring, d ring with rollers, plain loose ring snaffle, eggbutt snaffle, and loosering French link. Just the same with all of them. So my instructor said maybe a flash will help him. He has a light mouth, he just plays with the bit and puts his head everywhere except where it is supposed to be. It is very annoying. I may add that he was ridden in a tie down constantly before we got him and he was raced until he was 6. So I am sure that has something to do with it. So to flash or not to flash?
my best friend is my arabian. People always tell me that he's the calmest horse they've ever seen. i tell them he's an arabian. and they are surprised :)