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  • My horse doen't like his bit anymore
  • Horse grabbbing bit is it too low

 
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    11-02-2010, 12:59 AM
  #1
Foal
a bit problem

I am having issues with my horse and having a bit in his mouth. He is super easy to bridle. When I am on the ground/lunging/leading and applying pressure to his mouth (while on the ground) he is perfectly fine. Holds the bit well, not chomping. AS SOON as I back him, he starts pulling and mouthing the bit. He doesnt seem impatient at all, just as happy as standing, walking or trotting, gives well to pressure--but is always chewing at the bit. He isnt bored, as he will do this all the way through any exercise, as soon as I get on. His mouth has been checked by a vet--no problem there. Bit fits his mouth well. I am using a locking hinge Dee ring snaffle as we are working on his neckreining. Shoull I try an new bit? Why is he doing this. What are some exercises I could try to get him to stop this? Could this be due to a dry mouth?
A little background: he is a 5 year old green reg. Paint gelding. His previous ovner said he liked to "play" with the bit; she had him in a very long ported curb--got rid of that right away!
Heres the bit: The hinge only moves one way to relieve pressure and does not bend up for a nutt cracker effect (like a solid piece but releases quicker). It is sweet iron with copper inlay.
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    11-02-2010, 01:37 AM
  #2
Showing
Okay, first off, does the saddle fit? If he starts playing when you step up, that indicates a possible saddle fitting issue. Interesting bit.. it doesn't bend inwards at all?
     
    11-02-2010, 01:54 AM
  #3
Super Moderator
The only thing that comes to mind at first is that he may have a very low palate and that bit , while not fat by any means, could be too fat for his mouth.
It's also possible that your horse just likes to mouth the bit. Maybe that isn't such a bad thing.

Antohter thing is if the bit is either too high in the mouth (horse feels like it's gagging him) or too low (horse has to grab for it and lift it to keep it from bumping his teeth)
Do you have a photo of him wearing it?
     
    11-02-2010, 10:08 AM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
Okay, first off, does the saddle fit? If he starts playing when you step up, that indicates a possible saddle fitting issue. Interesting bit.. it doesn't bend inwards at all?
The saddle seems to fit pretty well. I had to get a built up pad for a bit mor whither clearence, but other than that no problems (Have had BO look at it as well. Bit does not bend inwards at all. If we are rifding on a trail he tends to leave the bit alone as he is very spooky, and focusing on everything else; which is another issue in itself.
     
    11-02-2010, 10:12 AM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
The only thing that comes to mind at first is that he may have a very low palate and that bit , while not fat by any means, could be too fat for his mouth.
It's also possible that your horse just likes to mouth the bit. Maybe that isn't such a bad thing.

Antohter thing is if the bit is either too high in the mouth (horse feels like it's gagging him) or too low (horse has to grab for it and lift it to keep it from bumping his teeth)
Do you have a photo of him wearing it?
I don't have a photo of him wearing it, will try and get one this weekend.
It wouldnt be a big deal if he was just mouthing it, but he is moving his head all around and pulling at it. But it is strange because he only does this when mounted. Like when I first bridle him he doesnt to a thing, and I can apply pressure on the ground--gettin him to flex at his neck (etc) and doesnt bother him. I wonder if it is a learned behaviour? I think I am going to try another bit this weekend as just see. I have looked in his mouth while he is wearing it and it looks fine...
     
    11-02-2010, 10:24 AM
  #6
Banned
Something about being ridden causes him stress. It might be pain, it might be confusion.
     
    11-02-2010, 10:31 AM
  #7
Trained
If you get him really soft and responsive to the point that you can move any part of him with very little pressure then he will probably stop. If he doesn't then don't worry about it. I work on the theory that if a horse will let me move his feet I'll let him control his mouth. None of my horses chomp the bit anymore because they are relaxed and soft when I move thier feet around.
     

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