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post #1 of 7 Old 02-27-2012, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Any Truth to These?

I've heard in the past two things that for whatever reason have stuck in my mind, but is there any truth to them?

The first one I heard is that "when a horse is foaming/drooling with the bit in its mouth that the horse is collected and on the bit" Obviously this isnt true in all cases, right?

Second one I have heard several times is that "when a horse sweats around its ears, that they are really thinking, and using their brain" Any truth to either one of these?
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Probable but not always true. Foaming/drooling is good and means they accept or like the bit. Sweating at the bridal just means the are hot or working hard. More than likely they are sweaty other places such as the neck and chest, under the saddle and between the rear legs. However, if the horse is sweaty just on the neck, that is a mental sweat.
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Probable but not always true. Foaming/drooling is good and means they accept or like the bit. Sweating at the bridal just means the are hot or working hard. More than likely they are sweaty other places such as the neck and chest, under the saddle and between the rear legs. However, if the horse is sweaty just on the neck, that is a mental sweat.
Thanks! I thought that there could be some truth to them, just didnt know how reliable they actually were. Thanks!
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The foaming from the mouth comes from some gland being stimulated, I think, when the jaw is loose and the poll is flexed correctly. I can't remember the details. But it's considered a sign of acceptance of the bit, and if the horse is flexed too tightly or the noseband on so tight that he cannot move his jaws at all, then I dont' think you will see foam.
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The foaming from the mouth comes from some gland being stimulated, I think, when the jaw is loose and the poll is flexed correctly.
The salivary glands?
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"when a horse is foaming/drooling with the bit in its mouth that the horse is collected and on the bit" Obviously this isnt true in all cases, right?
It only means the horse is relaxing and accepting the bit. It has nothing to do with collection. Although a collected horse has to be on the bit, a horse on the bit is not necessarily collected.
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The salivary glands?
Yes , I suppose. I have vague memory of reading about some specific glands that were only stimulated with a certain position of the head. I wish my memory was more reliable.
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