05-13-2013, 04:13 PM
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In my experience, certain types of horses generally begin to chomp at the bit relatively early in their training if they aren't handled just exactly right. If the rider is in their mouth more than they are ready for or if they are ridden with harsher hands than necessary, that will often cause chomping. Another thing I've found that an intelligent horse that is understimulated will find ways to keep their mind active. Some will misbehave, some will chomp at the bit, others will pick up other habits.
My philosophy is: Keep their mind busy and their body tired.