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    03-27-2012, 11:38 AM
  #11
Trained
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Originally Posted by natisha    
The horse has probably always done this to some extent. I'd try bit burrs if everything else appeared OK.

What are bit burrs?
     
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    03-27-2012, 11:39 AM
  #12
Trained
Sometimes this is just a habit that a horse has picked up. The horse I'm leasing is in perfect health, no mouth/teeth issues. At competitions though, she is ridden in a gag bit with shanks, and she likes to lip the shanks. Especially if your holding the reins, she'll grab the shank and pull. Annoying...It can be. I have associated it with her wanting to get out and run, like she's holding in energy and that's her "outlet"
     
    03-27-2012, 11:44 AM
  #13
Trained
I've had horses that like to lip the shanks and I wait until they get a good hold and then I give it a good jerk. I may take quite a while but they'll figure out that it hurts to chew on the shank. One of the horses that did this was my kids horse and he couldn't yank hard enough so I found a bit that had more swept back shanks and he couldn't get a hold of them and the problem was solved. I would recommend that you get a bit with different shaped shanks so the horse can't reach them.
     
    03-27-2012, 12:01 PM
  #14
Weanling
Bit burrs are the made in same design as the round rubber bit guards that you can put on your horse's bit to protect from rubbing or pinching, but the bit burrs are plastic and have nubby things on the side that sits against the horse's face. They can be used on a horse that has a really bad habit of leaning into one side of the bit to help discourage the leaning.
     
    03-27-2012, 12:33 PM
  #15
Green Broke
Maybe just sick a little bit of bitter lick, McNasty or hot sause on the edge, you only need a TINY bit! It gets messy and you don't want it getting into his mouth or on his face if it doesn't need to be. Just be prepared for his reaction!
     
    03-27-2012, 01:08 PM
  #16
Showing
Try the Imus Easy-gaited bit. I LOVE this bit for my Paso Fino. It's pricey, but totally worth the money. Very comfortable for the horse and great overall design that lets you use it as a curb (shanks) or snaffle (rings under bridle hangers):

Imus Comfort Gait Bit | Bits

     
    03-27-2012, 01:50 PM
  #17
Foal
Thanks to everyone for the tips! I plan to keep experimenting until I find the right solution, and I will definitely keep all of your suggestions in mind.
     
    03-27-2012, 02:53 PM
  #18
Yearling
My dad's horse used to do that. Turns out he was just bored, he wanted something to play with. The horse needed something more than a basic snaffle. So I switched them to a copper "D" ring with a roller and curb strap. He played with the roller instead of shanks, and if needed the curb strap was there for a little extra pressure.
     
    03-27-2012, 06:23 PM
  #19
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by HorsesAreMyPassion    
Bit burrs are the made in same design as the round rubber bit guards that you can put on your horse's bit to protect from rubbing or pinching, but the bit burrs are plastic and have nubby things on the side that sits against the horse's face. They can be used on a horse that has a really bad habit of leaning into one side of the bit to help discourage the leaning.

Oh ok, I have never seen them before. Thank you!
     
    03-27-2012, 07:01 PM
  #20
Weanling
A little more info on the bit burrs

There are a few different kinds, they can be rubber with mild nubby things on the inside, they can also have stiff bristles or steel spikey things! They are only usually used on one side of the bit with a regular rubber bit guard on the other side for a horse who really leans or drifts on that side. I read somewhere that if a horse is really mouthy and moves his lips and mouth around too much that people have used them for that purpose as well, I suppose it would be on both side of the bit in that case!

I have never used them before. I believe that whatever is causing the problem should be corrected through proper schooling before resorting that.
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