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        07-18-2012, 11:15 AM
      #621
    Green Broke
    Hmmm, I supposed the happy mouth bits would probably work too since they are rubber. But I shall try and find that brand. I would rather her learn bitless also just so we have options.

    I will be waiting for pictures then, pretty curious to see what it looks like.
         
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        07-18-2012, 11:43 AM
      #622
    Yearling
    Happy mouths are good, but they have to be replaced often because the rubber will get chewed up. I always just warm my bit up in my hands or take my bridle home with me in the evenings and as I am driving I will set the bit over my heater to keep it warm.
         
        07-18-2012, 11:48 AM
      #623
    Yearling
    Can't ride in the winter it gets far too cold and windy :/ So the horses get a vacation in the winter, plus they like the time off, and have lots of time to rip, romp and play in the snow...they love it NO BUGS!!!!
         
        07-18-2012, 12:09 PM
      #624
    Green Broke
    I can't give my mare time off. She has far too much energy for that. Plus at her age once I build muscle on her I don't want to chance letting it go. I would prefer to not put metal in her mouth when its -20 degrees outside. The outside will still get cold after awhile even if I try to warm it up first.

    I wouldn't mind having to replace a rubber bit often if it makes my horse happy. Plus after she's used to it in her mouth, about a few minutes for a new bit, she never chomps on it, only when she tries to steal grass.
         
        07-18-2012, 12:20 PM
      #625
    Yearling
    You could get bit guards. They aren't expensive and are effective
         
        07-18-2012, 12:31 PM
      #626
    Trained
    I think it depends on the horse whether or not a happy mouth bit gets chewed up. My mare has had hers for 3 years and its a little more yellow that it used to be, but she hasnt chewed it at all.
         
        07-18-2012, 12:37 PM
      #627
    Green Broke
    Ah yes I forgot about bit guards haha. That would work too. Yea my horse doesn't chew her bit at all. After a few minutes with a new bit she settles right in.
         
        07-18-2012, 12:42 PM
      #628
    Trained
    Gypsy actually likes to chew A LOT when a bit is in her mouth, but she doesnt actually chew up her bit...haha
         
        07-18-2012, 01:07 PM
      #629
    Super Moderator
    Snickers seems to be a chewer, too. But it might be a matter of training, because when I praised him for not chewing the bit he actually stopped. Let's see how it goes.

    Horses in our barn get two vacations a year - in July, if there are lots of horseflies and it is too hot to ride, and in winter, when temperatures drop under -15 by Celsium during the day.
         
        07-18-2012, 01:26 PM
      #630
    Green Broke
    I don't believe in giving them vacations unless they are worked very hard consistenly then a vacation can do a lot of good. Otherwise if it's to hot or to cold for me then it's a day off. If Lizzy does a really long trail ride, 15+ miles, at an extended pace then she will get the next few days off.
         

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