07-20-2012, 12:29 AM
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Found the source of her lameness, she had an abscess in that right front, just starting to ooze today. Hopefully she'll feel better tomorrow. :) On a cooler day I'll try and ride her but today was just way too hot - on vacation for a week too :P But the little girl practiced a few walk-trot-walk transitions with her today, just enough to see how she'd do, she did GREAT.
She's funny with the bit though, we have a myler snaffle, the type that rotates the side you pull, not sure the name. She seems the most comfortable with this one, all the others she can't even stand just sitting in her mouth, she fusses for hours. This one she's relaxed with. She gives fairly quickly to the right but to the left she just chews and chews and gapes her mouth open but doesn't give to the pressure. Pressure on both reins, she turns right. And yes, of course, we've had her teeth checked. They're a horrible mess from biting her wall all day (check the other forum on her) but none appear painful and her bars look good. She does appear to have some damage on her tongue but it's old and doesn't seem to be painful anymore. (clearly she had some nasty bits in her mouth before). I was considering trying some bitless options with her, but the other owner of the rescue thinks they don't work and isn't really open to trying >.<
Not sure what I'm asking - just curious what anyone thinks on the matter or what they'd consider working on with her? We've tried a number of bits on her, curbs and snaffles, single and double jointed and some solid bar mullen mouth ones. I have no idea what type of bit she'd used in the past but I doubt she responded to that considering the damage to her tongue.