Originally Posted by CharliGirl
If she is throwing her head up more often in this bit, I might switch back to the old bit (or something very similar) and see how she acts with it.
Also, the problem might not be the bit--have you checked the tightness of the curb strap? Does the one you are using have chains or something that might be painful to her (sharp point, too tight, etc)?
A picture of the bit and another of it in her mouth might help.
ya for sure I'll do that tomorow when I go to the barn!
Originally Posted by tinyliny
I agree that throwing her head up more means that the curb might be too tight. OR, the bit is not positioned at the right height. Too high, horse feels gagged, too low, bangs front teeth. In both cases the horse will react by being fussy with his mouth. Check the height of bit in mouth.
Bit too thick can be too much for a low palated horse, but maybe this is not the case.
Why use a curb? Neck reining? Gaming?
Well I mainly use a curb because my dad found it at a garage sale with a whole bunch of other horsey stuff (he knows nothing about horses) and he's like "Hey this is horse stuff and hey it's cheap I'll get it for Jess!" so that's what he did and it's the only one that I have that fits Cheyenne and I don't wanna go and get another one unless I have to (haha lazy me). Also I do showing once in a while and we have to neck rein, and sometimes I do games just when I'm in the arena alone. But not too often. That's basically it.
Originally Posted by Snookeys
Heyyyy... my name is Cheyenne! I'm assuming your horse is Cheyenne? I used to think it was such an uncommon name. Where I board, the owner's granddaughter is Cheyenne, and a young girl that lives next door is also Cheyenne. I think it better suits a horse... :)
And I agree with checking to make sure the curb isn't too tight. Or, for that matter, the fitting of the bridle in general. How long are the shanks on your curb? How does the bit compare to your other bit? Photos may be helpful.
haha! Cool! I also know someone who often comes to the barn for lessons who's name is Cheyenne! Lol!
I'll post a pic of the old bit, the new bit, the old bit in her mouth and the new bit in her mouth. I don't really know much about bits, I more rely on Cheyenne's owner about that, but anyways ya. I'll do that.