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post #1 of 4 Old 10-19-2012, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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A good bit for a very mouthy 2yo?

I have a 2yo who seems to have a very "mouthy" personality. I swear he must chew on everything to make sure its not edible. It drives me nuts sometimes, and if your not paying enough attention he'll catch you with a good snap. (i'm working on breaking this too). So after getting him used to a saddle, i've slowly been introducing him to the bridle. I just put a regular loose ring snaffle on him, and he plays with it. Tongue over the bit, and under and so on. I didn't try the tom thumb yet, which I think he'll do the same thing. So I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on what kind of bit would be good for him to try and get used to with out distracting himself by playing. I was thinking something that maybe had rollers and copper or sweet iron. But i'm not too sure. Your advice is much appreciated!! Thank you!!

P.S. I plan on hopefully turning him into a barrel horse or pleasure horse someday.

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post #2 of 4 Old 10-19-2012, 11:34 AM
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No advice other than to throw the Tom Thumb away :)
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post #3 of 4 Old 10-19-2012, 12:36 PM
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the advise I was given by my locals many farriers was to take a thin strap of leather and tie their tongue down. Me being who I am got really mad at this advice and did not even think about attempting it. I just bought a bit with a medium port that was jointed and she stopped with the over under tongue thing. My mare was extremely mouthy. She also would gait with her tongue over the bit and hanging out of her mouth the medium port didn't allow her to get her tongue over the bit and after a few times she stopped playing with the bit and I went back to my full cheek snaffle
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-20-2012, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
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Dancing Arabian, I can't just throw away my tom thumb, my appy gelding does very well in it. I tried changing it and he will run right through a simple snaffle, and with a medium port curb, he won't listen either, he tosses his head too much. He's comfortable with the tom thumb, so i'm going to stick with it.
Toosexy4myspotz, I was just putting a piece of rope in his mouth and around his head for him to get used to the sensation of something being in his mouth. I would never tie a horses tongue down that's just wrong. I will look into something like that! Thank you!!

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