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    04-19-2011, 03:30 PM
Sucking on the bit

Chili slurps/sucks on the snaffle bit. Is that - normal/dangerous? She's not sucking air (well, I suppose she *could* be but I can tell she's intending to slurp the bit itself)... like a sucker? LOL I assume it's a sweet iron and she likes the way it tastes??
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    04-19-2011, 03:32 PM
Is this a new thing? Does she do it just with the one bit? Is she responsive to the bit otherwise?
    04-19-2011, 05:27 PM
The only other bits I've used were western curbs and she didn't respond to those well at all. This one, she responds to very well. I just wanted to make sure it's not dangerous - that she isn't sucking air in the process!!
    04-19-2011, 10:19 PM
No, not dangerous. I'm assuming the bit is adjusted correctly and not too loose? If she just sucks it at first and then warms up out of it, I wouldn't worry. If she continues throughout the ride, I'd start to think it's not the right bit for her, or suspect a dental problem, or something.

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