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post #11 of 15 Old 06-22-2010, 10:37 PM
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Honestly, it sounds like he was in pain or at least discomfort from his teeth, not necessarily disliking the bit or your hands in general.

Glad he seems to be a happier horse now though! ;) I love it when Jack gets comfortable, relaxes and plays with his bit and foams up. Let's me know everything is okay on his end!

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post #12 of 15 Old 06-23-2010, 11:37 PM
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My coach used a English Hackamore as a replacement for a horse that was evading every bit she tried. It seems I just adopted a similar situation with an older Standardbred. She would suggest the english hackamore. Does anyone have horrible experiences with this piece of tack?
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post #13 of 15 Old 06-24-2010, 07:55 AM
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My coach used a English Hackamore as a replacement for a horse that was evading every bit she tried. It seems I just adopted a similar situation with an older Standardbred. She would suggest the english hackamore. Does anyone have horrible experiences with this piece of tack?
Well, I wouldn't just suggest a hackamore on a whim because they aren't something I would want used in novice hands. That being said, I have met horses who truly preferred the hackamore to a bit and refused to accept a bit not matter what.

But it would seem the OP's horse has become much happier with his bit now...that being said, I wouldn't have recommended a hackamore just off the first post, just personally, because I would have suggested she just try new bits and see if anything else is more agreeable with her horse.

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post #14 of 15 Old 06-24-2010, 01:38 PM
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My horse HATES bits with a jointed mouthpiece. He will buck and toss his head. He likes curb bits with a medium port, an also with a roller. It keeps him very entertained. My pony just doesn't like bits in general. I usually just ride him in a side-pull or halter. He bahaves perfectly in it. He will tolerate bits, but you can tell he doesn't like them because he sticks his head up in the air like he's uncomfortable. There are also some horses that just aren't picky, like my draft horse. He's as happy as a lark in anything. Horses that don't like the bit their using will chomp on it, resist it, or misbehave in one way or another.

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post #15 of 15 Old 06-24-2010, 06:05 PM
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Very good advice! Thank you!
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