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        09-17-2013, 09:44 PM
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    HELP!! what bit should i use?

    I have a horse that I have just bought, it is scared of it's mouth and tries to take off if it thinks it is going to get into trouble! He has a soft mouth but he can be strong when I jump him. I have currently got him in a rubber phelam but he still doesnt like it, as he still thinks that I am going to hurt him. I have been thinking about trying a bitless bridle on him or a hackamore but I am a bit nervous of doing this. I was also thinking of trying something like a Kineton noseband.
    Oh yes, and this horse is a bit naughty and ttys to leave the ring with people, so my steering isn't too good either!

    What do you recomend I do, or what bit should I try on him?
         
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        09-17-2013, 10:30 PM
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    ...and also, he was mis treated by the people that we bough him off. We think that they used to rip him in the mouth and beat him because he is a very nervous horse, he is very insecure too.
         
        09-17-2013, 10:54 PM
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    In my experience my quarter pony was abused in the mouth by her previous owners. In her case, she rushed when ridden - out of fear. We had her teeth done, because the previous owners didn't keep up on it. In the beginning, I rode in a dr cook for awhile and worked on trust and gas pedal/breaks by using seat and verbal cues. She has a teeny mouth, a low palette and fat tongue, so I have found that she is happiest in a ported myler. She's slow and relaxed in her work now. It has taken forever to get her to this point. I know people have mixed opinions about mylers, but for my horse, it works. We have a combo bit of theirs too that we use for jumping and I like it because with the way it is set, it is riding mainly off of nose pressure. She loves it. If you are nervous doing bitless or a hackamore, maybe give that a try? And with my experience with a kineton, I have found that I do lose some steering. But in the case of the kineton, it really helped slow my previous horse down. I used to save it for the XC course when he got fast and ignored me. I wouldn't use it in a riding arena. It was saved for those times when I felt like things could get out of control. It's not harsh, but it is overkill if your horse gets a little rushy at the jumps. Make him comfortable, get him relaxed and work on using that with your jumping.
         
        09-17-2013, 11:08 PM
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    When I met my pony she was standing with her head in the corner of her stall and wouldn't look at any of us humans. Her previous owners had stopped feeding her and treated her bad. I bought her out of pity. I was in need of a new horse and I knew I had to save her. I "took her off of their hands" for a few hundred dollars. She was anxious, depressed and had no confidence. So that coupled with the mouth issue meant a long road for us. I treated her with all the kindness I could give, and built her confidence by rewarding her for the easiest task or smallest try. Even now, I end our rides with something easy and praise her generously. As a result, Her personality has blossomed. She's loving, affectionate and now loves her human friends. At a recent show a judge commented how proud my horse looked. And I just smiled and said, yes, she sure is!
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        09-17-2013, 11:13 PM
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    Thanks GoldPony1! Like your horse, mine to has a very small mouth. So I will look into the mylers more.
    The only reason I'm a bit nervous about using a bitless is that this horse has learnt to resist by putting his head up into a "U" shape, so I am worried that I will not have enough control if I have a bitless bridle. The reason I'm nervous about using a hackamore is that I have heard that it is possible to hurt there nose and break some bones! My hands arn't bad, like I ride a sensitive fizzy/hot pony that you have to keep your hands down and keep them soft on. I just don't want to hurt this horse incase I do have bad hands with it!

    Sorry if that doesn't make sense lol
         
        09-18-2013, 10:28 AM
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    You made total sense! The resistance was something I experienced as well. The you neck, choppy strides, bracing back, rushing around. I would suggest that you make sure he is ok health wise, as a heard a billion times from people that resistance could be from pain. So, I had a complete vet work up, had a saddle fitter come out to confirm that her saddle was fine, chiropracticed, her, and had the dentist do her teeth. He was the one that helped me the most. He pointed out her mouth conformation and asked me if she stuck her tongue out when riding. I said yes! He said, then she needs a bit with tongue relief, but not a high port that will poke her in her low palette. Having nothing to lose, I tried it. The tongue sticking out stopped and eventually with training and trust, she is ok now. Just something to think about.
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