Some of you know about Bree, our fostered OTTB/broodmare who came to us in terrible condition. Now that she's back on the right track, well versed in her ground training, and at a good weight- we've started her under saddle and she's doing beautifully. She's light and responsive to the bit and almost immediately learned how to use her hind end to propell herself and really work well. We're having a bit a problem though that I havent encountered before, and I'm wondering if its a tack problem, or if its training.
We're currently riding her in a full cheek broken snaffle with keepers, which I start a lot of our OTTBs on. However, for one reason or another- as soon as I put the bit into her mouth, she sticks her tounge out to the side so that its sticking out of her lips and just...leaves it there. I don't know if she's trying to get away from the pressure (maybe her tounge is really sensative or she just doesnt like tounge pressure?), if its not fitting her right and hurting her, or if its just an old habit from her racing days. Have any of you had experience with this? Initially I wasnt really worried about it, but I was riding her today and she chomped down on it and made her tounge bleed, and it scared me! I'd hate for her to really injure herself. Do you know what would be causing her to do this, and how I could fix it? I'm perfectly willing to try different bits or whatever if it would help. I do know that hers fits her (5") so that isnt the problem, but should I try something with bar pressure instead?
She also tends to clack her teeth together repeatedly when she's concentrating, which I find really strange. I don't know if it has anything to do with her tounge biting though. At first I thought that she was chewing the bit and that it wasnt fitting her, but its resting solidly in her mouth and her bridle is adjusted correctly.
And just incase someone mentions it, no- I will not be riding her until her tounge has healed ;)