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post #1 of 21 Old 02-09-2010, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Bit problems.

I've had my Arab for a year now, and ever since I've got him he had problems taking out the bit. Putting it in is an easy job but when I try and take the bit out he throws his head high, holds on to the bit and backs up he wont let me help making it rub all over his teeth - which I know isnt pleasent. At time's I have successfully got the bit out without touching his teeth, which you think he'd like better and let me help him from now on. But, you know guys, they like to do things themselves.

What can I do to solve this problem?

-he does this with everyone who tries to unbridle him
- I use a snaffle or a curb bit
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post #2 of 21 Old 02-09-2010, 02:34 PM
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Have you had his teeth and mouth examined by an Equine DENTIST? If not, do so.

Have you tried unbuckling one side of the bit and letting him drop it out of his mouth on his own?

Have you tried leaving the bridle for last when taking off his tack?
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post #3 of 21 Old 02-09-2010, 02:43 PM
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I'd look into teeth issues as well. Or someone in the past may have been bumping his teeth so bad when taking out the bit that he reacts because he doesn't want to get hurt.

Does he have to have a bit?
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Yes, we got his teeth done half a year ago. I wait till last to do the bridle and I've tried letting him drop the bit himself.
I believe that someone in the past bumped his teeth bad like you think. Is their anyway we can solve this?
I try not to use a bit most of the time, just when out in the field for he doesn't stop and gets carried away, but for shows I'm going to need a bridle.
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Keep practicing, be over careful/gentle when taking the bit out. Maybe some kind of reward, pat him/scratch him, make a big deal out of him doing it. He may eventually realize it's okay.

Wouldn't hurt to take another look at his teeth though, make sure there aren't any sharp points.
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Yes, we got his teeth done half a year ago. I wait till last to do the bridle and I've tried letting him drop the bit himself.
I believe that someone in the past bumped his teeth bad like you think. Is their anyway we can solve this?
Doesn't stop and gets carried away, but for shows I'm going to need a bridle.
The answer is simple then: stop making a big deal about it.

Ignore unwanted behavior, praise wanted to behavior.
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post #7 of 21 Old 02-09-2010, 03:11 PM
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Put your arm over his poll when taking it off and just let it sit low in his mouth. Move with him when he runs back until he realises it isn't banging him - Only then let it drop lower. If he runs back again, just stay with him.

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post #8 of 21 Old 02-09-2010, 03:13 PM
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That can depend on how tall the horse is and how tall the person removing the bridle is. I can't do that with my draft. Sometimes he likes to hold the bit just to mess with me. Not cool.
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post #9 of 21 Old 02-09-2010, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks! Will try that. He's no draft but It's going to be hard to reach haha. He's only a 15 hand horse, but some how that Arab head can get pretty high. =/
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post #10 of 21 Old 02-09-2010, 03:19 PM
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Boy I know that. Solon is 18 hands. And he can hold his head up. For a long... long.. long long time.
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