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post #1 of 2 Old 02-09-2013, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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White Foam

I was reading through articles and came across one about horses and how not having white foam on their lips is a bad thing.
I know that a light "lipstick" amount of white foam is a good thing, and more than that can be bad.

But what about none at all? I am still trying to find the right bit for Bunny, but she doesn't throw huge fits about the ones I've tried her in, I can just tell that there is discomfort and they don't work for her.
She has never had a white foam or visible saliva on her lips, is that a bad thing? Or does it not matter?
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post #2 of 2 Old 02-09-2013, 01:11 AM
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I think it probably really depends on the horse and the type of work you're doing with said horse.
I think I've also read/heard that there's a bit-metal component too - some metals are going to make a horse salivate more than others.

For instance, the only bits I've ever seen Lacey get "slobbery" about are low ported. She goes just fine in a mullen mouth, hates a broken bit, but never gets slobbery.
Put her in her sweet iron low ported curb and she gets somewhat slobbery. Put her in her stainless steel low ported hanging-fulmer snaffle (used to be a "rugby pelham" removed the shanks, voila) and you would think that she has suddenly developed a fountain for a mouth.
I initially thought she would just never slobber on anything but it turns out that it's all about the bit. Unsurprisingly, she's the most relaxed and comfortable in the hanging-fulmer.

Obviously you don't want too much slobber (too much can be a sign of nervousness) but some is good! :)

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