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post #1 of 15 Old 06-08-2012, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Ginger and her bit

Hi, I bought a american saddlebred about 2 months ago. She is a really nice horse but when it comes to putting her bit in her mouth she freaks out.Its a Tom thumb bit and I am not mean about putting it in her mouth. Today I spent one hour trying to get her to take it . Its crazy. I think someone has been mean to her? I am so sad and frusterated I love this horse. I bought her to be a mate for my arab and they are so good together. Help!!!!
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Maybe try a hackmore??
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My Saddlebred was this way (coincidence i'm sure) and if we took and pulled down on his chin he would open his mouth. Once we figured that out we never had a problem with getting it in. Buttttttttt, we tried a couple different bits and he never really settled in with one so we decided since I already owned a really nice hackamore we would try that and he is really good with it.

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pulled down on his chin? Like, you put your hands on where? I am curious.
The horse I frequently ride has recently gotten resistant about taking the bit. He is 17 hh, so I have been working on making him lower his head and then am super patient about having him open him mouth and take the bit. But, he has been just refusing . Never had that problem before.

So, I am going tot maybe try the old trick of wrapping a piece of "fruit by the foot" around the bit . I hate to resort to treats, so am open to advice on this same issure as the OP.
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Thank you for the advise I will try that tomorrow morning.
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pulled down on his chin? Like, you put your hands on where? I am curious.
The horse I frequently ride has recently gotten resistant about taking the bit. He is 17 hh, so I have been working on making him lower his head and then am super patient about having him open him mouth and take the bit. But, he has been just refusing . Never had that problem before.

So, I am going tot maybe try the old trick of wrapping a piece of "fruit by the foot" around the bit . I hate to resort to treats, so am open to advice on this same issure as the OP.
Below the bottom lip.

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so, you kind of grab the "knob" of flesh that is under the lower lips?
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so, you kind of grab the "knob" of flesh that is under the lower lips?
Yes, exactly. We stood to one side, holding the bridle and bit in front of this mouth with one hand and grabbed the "knob" with the other and he opened right up. Lickity split! After two of us fighting him for what seemed like forever! Then boom, one person in just seconds!

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post #9 of 15 Old 06-13-2012, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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Ginger and her bit

Well,, just an update on Ginger and her bit problem. This morning I tried again to put her bit in her mouth, and failed. This time she broke the hitching post. I don't know. The previous owners must of done a number on her. I tried pulling down on her chin and falled. I wrapped the bit with fruit roll ups and showed her. No luck.
The poor girl! I feel so bad for her. I can put my fingers in her mouth and play with her tongue , rub her teeth ect. And she does nothing. I don't get it.
She sees that bit coming and panics. Bad memories I guess.
I am hoping in time she will trust me enough that I will not hurt her. But in the mean time does anyone know about bridling a horse without a bit??
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Can you switch her back to a snaffle to start? I greatly dislike Tom Thumbs, and it could be that she does too and needs something that doesn't give such mixed signals.

It doesn't sound like anyone has been mean to her as you say, moreso that she's a stubborn girl and has learned how to get out of bridling. Have you tried sticking your finger in the corner of her mouth to get her to open up? I would bridle her without the bit so she can be re-introduced to bridling without making a fuss, then add the bit and pull it behind her chin while putting it in place around her ears. When she's fine with this, try to bridle her correctly.
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