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post #1 of 20 Old 09-29-2012, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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Help with BIT

I have a 4 year old mare that is chowing her bit and it is rubbing her cheeks.
I bought the bit guards and it is still rubbing. I am using a basic black o ring snaffle bit. When I bought her she was trained in a chris cox bit. Does anyone know what I should try? Also when she is wanting to really go it is hard to stop her with that bit. I have tried a tom thumb and a D ring snaffle and I don't think she likes the copper.
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post #2 of 20 Old 09-29-2012, 11:16 AM
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Two issues: one is the bit fit and one is training.

Is the bit big enough for her? I suspect it is too short and no matter what you do, it will always rub. Measure her mouth, measure the bit. I always allow another 1/2" width which give 1/4" on either side. Use a piece of clean rubber tubing (a chunk of old garden hose works well) to measure. Put the rubber hose in your horse's mouth and mark both sides flush with her mouth. Measurement + 1/2" is your required bit size.

Changing the bit for more power control as opposed to more finesse control is not something I would do. She is still on the young side. It sounds like she missed a bit of training or it hasn't been reinforced. Work at halts at a walk until those are down pat, then move to trotting and transitioning down to a walk and a stop. Don't move to the next gait until the first is solid. Ensure that your riding is meeting her training -- does she respond to your seat or only to your hands?

Until you have the stop solidly in place, you won't get more finesse anyway. I am always a fan of milder bits. You might consider D-rings instead of O-rings.
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post #3 of 20 Old 10-12-2012, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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I just got in from riding and my horse was chowing her bit and fighting it like crazy so I took off the bridle and the bit and rode her in a halter and lead rope and she did the best she has ever done so should I try to use a hackamore on her??
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I think NorthernMama gave you some good info.
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post #5 of 20 Old 10-12-2012, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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well her bit is the right size and there is no training her with it because she is fighting the bit the whole time
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post #6 of 20 Old 10-12-2012, 03:33 PM
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How do you KNOW it's the right size? If it's rubbing and she's fighting it, there's obviously something wrong.
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post #7 of 20 Old 10-12-2012, 03:56 PM
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Yes I say "what NorthernMama said" if the bit is too small, of course she will do better in a halter, anything to get that small bit out of her mouth. I would measure and get her a proper bit before abandoning the bit all together.

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well her bit is the right size and there is no training her with it because she is fighting the bit the whole time
IMO, rubbing bit=wrong size!!!

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post #9 of 20 Old 10-12-2012, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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the bit has the little bit of room on each side so I know it is not to small and It don't have enough room to be to big. It is a 5" snaffle. It does not rub everytime. She has a lot softer face then the other horses so I was wondering if that is the reason
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post #10 of 20 Old 10-12-2012, 04:22 PM
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It might just be a cheaply made bit and could be actually pinching, not rubbing...

Just because you had one good ride with a halter and lead rope doesn't mean all of them will be good... do make sure you have control of her and she understands your cues. You certainly could try a hackamore if you'd like, but if the issue is that she has a very soft face, a hackmore will rub just like a bit does.
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