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post #11 of 12 Old 03-24-2014, 01:27 AM
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Any curb bit with an S shank should help with this. It was designed to thwart "shank biters". Try a shank with a wide S shape over a Narrow S shape. That way its harder to grab a hold of. That is one of the reasons why calvary bits where made with S shanks...to keep the horses from playing with the shanks.

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post #12 of 12 Old 05-04-2014, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Problem solved!

I rubbed the shank of her bit with balsam tree sap/gum. Yuck. She thought it was yucky too! I'm hoping if I do this for the next 1/2 dozen rides she'll just lose the habit of "shank chewing."
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