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    08-08-2011, 03:00 PM
  #1
Yearling
Pulling through the bit

Okay so I have a quarter horse gelding that I run gymkhana on but he isn't the easiest horse to stop. I do bump the runs which works much better than just pulling back both sides of the reins at once.

Even when we're riding on the trail he tends to pull through the bit. Especially when he knows we are headed home he picks up the speed and you have to be hard on his mouth the whole time.



This is the bit I'm using for him right now and I am no bit expert what so ever that's why I need help. Is the right bit to be using for him or do I just need to work on softening his mouth. One of my friends said to just bit him up, but I don't want to do that if I could just work with him and do lots of bending to soften his mouth.

So pretty much, my question is, do I need a different bit for him, or do I just need to work on softening his mouth?
     
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    08-08-2011, 04:03 PM
  #2
Green Broke
If you don't want to bit him up then maybe you could try a grackle or flash nose band?
     
    08-08-2011, 04:10 PM
  #3
Showing
I think no matter the kind of bit, teaching him a soft mouth is SO important! I wouldn't up the bit, cause that doesn't really TEACH your horse anything.

So definitely keep that in mind :)
     
    08-08-2011, 06:08 PM
  #4
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
I think no matter the kind of bit, teaching him a soft mouth is SO important! I wouldn't up the bit, cause that doesn't really TEACH your horse anything.

So definitely keep that in mind :)
That's sort of what I was thinking. Just upping the extreme on the bit I thought wouldn't really do anything but cause problems.

Any advice on teaching him to be softer? I know doing a lot of bending will help but will anything else help is there anything else I can do so I don't have to bit him up.
     
    08-09-2011, 12:22 AM
  #5
Showing
I am in no ways a professional, but some things in this article really seem to make sense in beginning to soften a horse's mouth.

http://www.hokana.com/article14.htm

A horse doesn't like pain from the bit.. but at times they'll plow through it.

My trainer told me to comb the reins to get him to open his jaw and thus be more soft. You can practice at the stop, walk, trot, and even canter (I haven't gotten that far..)
But beware, it feels good to your horse so don't drill it into their brain or they will become addicts!!! :P Kind of joking, but also serious.

Also, try groundwork.. lunging in the bridle, attatch the line to the bit and instead of pulling hard to get them to change speeds, do little half halts until you get a response.

Everything you do on the ground transfers to saddle and makes things a lot less confusing and frustrating for you and your horse.

Once again, not a professional.. just a horse woman!
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    08-09-2011, 12:29 AM
  #6
Yearling
Thank you for the link I bookmarked the page so I can read it. I read the intro of it and it already makes sense. Thanks and you know more than me so you are big help
     
    08-09-2011, 12:34 AM
  #7
Showing
Hahaha only because my horse has taught me, or made me seek out the information.

But we'll help each other out! I'm sure there's a ton you know that I do not! :P
     
    08-09-2011, 12:37 AM
  #8
Yearling
Haha I guess everyone comes to the point where there horse is forcing them to learn new stuff they never thought they would have to know.

It's probably not a totally horrible thing that you are being forced to learn new stuff. If it wasn't for my horse making me have to learn new stuff, I probably wouldn't know as much as I do now (not that I know a whole lot)
     
    08-09-2011, 12:51 AM
  #9
Showing
Hehe I bet you know more than you think! Also, you begin to make connections in your head as to what would most logically fix something or help you or your horse do something. Like my horse jumps to the moon when he sees big black garbage bags.. so I started to feed him his hay from a bag. First I'd tie him and then slowly bring it into his view, take the hay out and give it to him. Leave the bag for 5 mins then put away.. now he is eating out of the bag and has it tied up on a nearby fence, blowing in the wind, for a good 20 mins :)

I just love horses, they make you think!
     
    08-09-2011, 12:54 AM
  #10
Yearling
They do make you think and learn which makes you feel smart and happy with yourself!
     

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