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post #1 of 12 Old 05-12-2009, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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should i use a flash noseband?

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So my horse, Sheena is being headstrong lately and when I put pressure on her mouth, she puts her head up and opens her mouth! Do you think I should use a flash? TIA!!!

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post #2 of 12 Old 05-12-2009, 08:48 PM
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It sounds like the mare is responding to pain from the bit. I would first try to resolve this instead of resorting to equipment. Besides, a flash noseband is not going to keep a horse from opening it's mouth or tossing it's head, the only thing is does is keeps the bit quiet in the horse's mouth, unless you have it grossly mal-adjusted.
First thing is first, check that it is not a physical issue. Get her teeth checked, get her head neck and back examined and perform a flexion test to rule out soreness or lameness.
A few things I would try bit wise would be a double jointed snaffle, or a french link snaffle with at least a 22mm diameter. Then if that doesn't work I would try to find a suitable mullen mouth snaffle. If you are still having problems then I would go to a mullen happy mouth snaffle or a completely rubber snaffle.
The final thing I would like to add is that the rider should never pull on the horse's mouth, instead they should use weight and body langage to slow and turn the horse.

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How much pressure are you putting on her mouth?

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How much pressure are you putting on her mouth?
Well, it depends, I start with little bits and when she dosnt respond I put more pressure

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I agree with anebel. The first thing I would do is try out different bits.

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If it isnt pain related, which it absolutely possibly be - I would resort back to the Training Scale.
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post #8 of 12 Old 05-13-2009, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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It sounds like the mare is responding to pain from the bit. I would first try to resolve this instead of resorting to equipment. Besides, a flash noseband is not going to keep a horse from opening it's mouth or tossing it's head, the only thing is does is keeps the bit quiet in the horse's mouth, unless you have it grossly mal-adjusted.
First thing is first, check that it is not a physical issue. Get her teeth checked, get her head neck and back examined and perform a flexion test to rule out soreness or lameness.
A few things I would try bit wise would be a double jointed snaffle, or a french link snaffle with at least a 22mm diameter. Then if that doesn't work I would try to find a suitable mullen mouth snaffle. If you are still having problems then I would go to a mullen happy mouth snaffle or a completely rubber snaffle.
The final thing I would like to add is that the rider should never pull on the horse's mouth, instead they should use weight and body langage to slow and turn the horse.

Good Luck!
I don't have enough money to be buying 50 different bits and getting chiropractic sessions! But were having the dentist come out soon...

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I never said anything about chiropracty. Call a vet and get your horse examined or don't ride it and put it through pain. It is good that you are getting her teeth examined.
There is also a thing called borrowing bits. Talk to friends, your trainer, etc and find a bit you and your horse like, then buy it.
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All you might need is side reins. Or a martingale. Is you horse a mare? Because my pony that I ride is a mare and she throws her head around. But that's just becuase she's a little miss. Thinks she's the boss. Or try a bitless bridle and see how she reacts to that.


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